Depression is hard enough on the people who are suffering from the condition. However, it is even harder sometimes on the people who are in a relationship with the depression sufferers. No one wants to watch a loved one suffer. Many relationships are unable to survive depression if it goes on for too long without resolution.
Depression can cause people to behave irrationally and not see how lucky they are to have their loved ones in their life. People who are depressed do not appreciate their loved ones the way they should. It is because depression can truly cloud a person's judgment and perception of things. Depressed people are always thinking the worse, and people with severe cases of depression literally are unable to find anything in life worth being happy about, including seeing the good things their loved ones are doing for them.
If your partner is experiencing depression, know that you standing by your partner means the world to him or her even if your partner does not truly know that right now. Sure, you can leave, and your partner may even tell you to do so, but that does not mean it is really what your partner wants you to do. Whether your partner knows it or not, your partner wants you to stand by him or her.
If you want to help a loved one beat depression, you need to understand the disorder and why it occurs in some people. There may be a job loss or other situation that makes your partner feel he or she failed. No matter how good your relationship, depression can get worse and worse once it begins.
If you are with someone who suffers from depression, you need to make sure you don't let yourself get down with depression as well. Know the signs of depression and seek treatment if you notice any of the signs in yourself. If you both start so suffer from depression, the outlook is not good. If you are worn out from the stress in the relationship, give yourself some time away.
Sometimes past relationships are the cause of depression. If a person is in a failed relationship, that person may feel like all of his or her future relationships are also going to fail. When that happens, people may end up causing their future relationships to fail because of their beliefs. If this seems to be a pattern, it is a good idea to work with a therapist or relationship counselor to stop this pattern from continuing. Often, when depression is involved that is the reason that a relationship fails. Depression can put a large strain on a relationship. It's important to work with a therapist or other expert if you're in a relationship with someone suffering from depression.
Don't give up if your relationship is suffering from your partner's depression. You have to trust you can help your partner overcome his or her illness. A strong relationship can beat depression in one of the partners. Depression is not easy to beat but it's possible. If you trust your relationship is strong, you can beat depression.