7 Ways You Can Help Your Spouse Fight Depression – Part 1

Marriage is a promise between 2 individuals that they will love each other unconditionally and will support each other through thick and thin.

Every marriage has to go through some tests. These tests can be in form of financial crisis, trust issues or sickness. Taking care of a sick spouse requires a lot of commitment, but if your spouse is suffering from depression, then this commitment has to be taken to a whole different level.

A person suffering from depression usually goes in to solitude and this can cause problems in his / her marriage. So if the other half is not aware of what is going on, then things can quickly turn in to a disaster and this beautiful relationship inevitably falls apart.

This article will teach you 7 things that you can do to help your spouse fight depression while further strengthening your relationship.


1. Acknowledge The Issue

First thing that you should do as spouse of someone battling depression is acknowledge that your spouse has a serious mental disorder which needs proper treatment and professional help.

A lot of times, people stay in the state of denial and think that their spouse’s change of behavior is nothing more than mood swing which will pass with time.

Solution to any problem starts with accepting that the problem exists. Therefore, it is important that you take the matter seriously and assure your spouse that both of you are in this together.

This assurance makes the other person feel loved and cared for in this hour of need.


2. Learn About The Disorder

According to NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health), almost 7% of American adult population suffers from depression. So unfortunately, it is likely that your spouse might be one of those unlucky ones.

If your spouse has been diagnosed with depression, then you should learn as much as you can about this disorder. Have a detailed discussion with the doctor / psychiatrist about the treatment options and their possible side effects.

Having the necessary information about this disorder helps you take better care of your other half in these tough times.


3. Prepare for The Worst

As much as I would love to tell you that everything is going to be just fine, there is always a possibility of worst happening. In extreme cases, depression can lead to self harm and even suicidal thoughts.

Therefore, it is imperative that you have a plan of action for worst possible scenarios.

  • You should have a mental health first aid kit handy at all times. 
  • You must have all the necessary contacts handy at all times (local hospital contact, suicide helpline etc.)
  • In case your spouse is not responding to medication and therapy, you should be ready to admit him / her to a mental health facility.

It is extremely important that you keep a positive mindset and have faith that your spouse will get better with treatment, but preparing for the worst does not hurt.

Stay Strong and watch our for warning signs of self harm and suicide.

Click Here to Learn More About the Warning Signs of Self Harm and Suicide


4. Get Necessary Support

Handling everything on your own under such circumstances can be very challenging. Therefore, you should look for all the help you can get from friends and family.

  • Ask your close friends and family to check up on your spouse if you are on job or out of the house.
  • Hire a babysitter to help you in case you have children.
  • If you can afford it, hire a nurse who can take care of your spouse when you are away. Having a professional taking care of your loved one surely puts your mind at ease.
  • Join support groups in your locality or online to get the encouragement and tips on how to help your spouse fight depression.

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