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A Mental Health Moment

Depression and Relationships

By Bernadette Joy Graham, MA, LPC, NCC Licensed Mental Health Therapist
The Truth Contributor

A diagnosis of depression and the symptoms suffered by many can seem surreal to those suffering and an excuse or un-real to those in relationships with the individual diagnosed.  Beyond the stigma of mental health there is also the problem of the unseen symptoms, and many don’t believe what they cannot see. 


Bernadette Joy Graham,

Over 60 percent of the population have been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives.  The symptoms leave a person feeling hopeless, doomed, unhappy, unmotivated, unable to enjoy simple life matters, lonely and often suicidal. 

Being in a relationship with an individual who is suffering from depression can be difficult in handling the expectations.  We expect happiness, fun, companionship and a hopeful future often sharing commonalities with each other and also enjoying the differences.  Depression can put a damper on anyone’s love life and is often the reason other negative aspects come into the picture. 

Domestic violence, abuse, trauma, substance abuse and other negative factors weigh in on how you hoped to love and be loved.  Unfortunately, depression is severely misunderstood in relationships and will often end a good pairing of a couple who just want to love and be loved and share a life together. 

Take a mental health moment to discuss any issues with your spouse/partner whom with you may be co-habiting or dating if you feel that depression may be the culprit putting the negative qualities into your relationship but remember to check yourself as well.  Sometimes both individuals in the relationship may be suffering from depression. 

Depression is real but is not always the case for all issues.  Some of us can be unhappy, unstable, have low self-esteem and just plain victims of circumstances that cause us to feel some of the symptoms of depression, but it doesn’t have to mean that it is a true diagnosis.  Fortunately, depression does not always last forever, it can be hereditary or a short-lived turmoil via one’s experiences. 

Depression is treatable with a variety of methods but most important it needs to be properly assessed.  If the person you are with seems to no longer be the one with whom you fell in love and has changed the relationship close to ending at least give them and your relationship the opportunity to continue by caring enough to assist them in finding the proper help.  Talk to your primary care physician or see a mental health provider as soon as possible. 

Love is a beautiful part of life and when you have the opportunity to enjoy it do your best to keep it and that special person in your life. 

 Bernadette Graham is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. She is available for presentations and speaking engagements on mental health topics.  Provide feedback or reach out at graham.bernadette@gmail.com or visit her website at www.bjgrahamcounseling.com.  419.409.4929 for appointments.



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