How Untreated Depression Can Ruin a Marriage

How Untreated Depression Can Ruin a MarriageDepression has a way of tainting all aspects of a person’s life. Because it is a psychological disorder, many who suffer from it can’t understand their condition and won’t get help. Many people mistakenly believe that depression is just a bad mood that can change if a person wants it to. The truth is that depression is caused by an imbalance in the chemistry of the brain that, if not treated, can lead to self-destructive behavior, addiction and the loss of important relationships. Millions of marriages have been destroyed by untreated depression. This is especially tragic, because depression can be successfully treated through strategic counseling and possibly with the help of short-term medication.

What Is Depression?

It is a normal part of life to experience emotional ups and downs. Sadness is a healthy part of that process. While some people mistakenly describe these temporary feelings as depression, they are not. In many cases a depressed person doesn’t actually feel sad at all, and he or she will just feel numb. Depression is not short-lived. Without treatment it can last for years or even a lifetime. Relationships that were once important will fade away. Spouses may feel abandoned. Even hobbies and passions that once made life exciting will be set aside. The following is a partial list of depression symptoms:

  • Sleeplessness or excessive sleep
  • Inability to concentrate or focus attention
  • Previously simple tasks are now difficult
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Persistent negative thoughts and reactions to life’s situations
  • Loss of appetite
  • Overeating
  • Acting irritable, temperamental or aggressive
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Thoughts of ending your life

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be dealing with depression. Help is available if you seek it.

Recovering from Depression to Save a Marriage

Many people feel a sense of shame about their depression. They believe that if they were just a stronger person they could change their attitude. They may feel that admitting to a disorder like depression is a sign of weakness or poor character. The fact is that depression is a disease like any other. You wouldn’t feel shame in seeking help for the flu, leukemia or cancer, and you shouldn’t feel shame in seeking treatment for this illness.

Emotional function is managed by an intricate system of chemical signals in the brain. Slight imbalances in these chemicals can be caused by intense emotional reactions to tragedy in life, medication taken for other conditions or even a biological or genetic defect. Though identifying the cause of depression is an important part of the recovery process, the ultimate goal is to reestablish healthy thinking patterns, healthy relationships and a balanced life. This can be accomplished through various types of therapy and medication.

Get Help for Depression before It Is Too Late

If you think the blues you have been stuck in for a long time may be depression, call our toll-free helpline immediately. Our recovery experts are standing by any time of day or night to answer your questions and to help connect you to the best treatment options for your unique situation. Don’t risk your marriage, your health or your life, because you are ashamed or unwilling to ask for help. Pick up the phone, and take the first step toward a future free of depression.