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Depression can sabotage marriages and lead to divorce

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2022 | Divorce

Married people throughout Indiana rely on each other for companionship and emotional support. However, individual problems can undermine you or your spouse’s ability to function within the partnership. Depression is one of those issues that can knock you low. When you suffer from depression, you may easily assume that your spouse is the source of unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life.

Depression promotes conflict

If you are bogged down by a bad mood that you cannot shake, then you become less able to navigate the normal ups and downs of a relationship. You experience a heightened sense of irritation with your spouse and most everything in life.

What should be normal marital discussions become increasingly difficult for you because depression:

  • Casts everything in a negative light
  • Reduces your ability to think
  • Leaves you unable to make decisions

When you are in such a state, especially if it persists for months or years, marital conflict occurs more and more. Your spouse could choose to give up and decide to get a divorce.

Depression and negative behavior

A depressed person wants to feel better. As you endure a prolonged period of depression, you could decide that your home life and partner make you unhappy. As a result, you may try to blunt bad feelings with drugs or alcohol or reignite your excitement for life through infidelity.

Symptoms of depression

Depression is extremely common and afflicts people with various levels of severity. The malady can arise due to tragic events, frustration with career, underlying disease, or hormonal issues.

Symptoms include:

  • Bad eating or sleeping habits
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • Headaches
  • Stomach aches
  • Withdrawal from social life
  • Poor concentration

A couple that reaches the breaking point and wants a divorce may benefit from finding out if one or both of them are depressed. Treatments can alleviate the symptoms and enable people to regain the joy they once found in each other.