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Depression and relationships

Harmful Impacts of Depression on Relationships

Even with a strong support system, depression can make you feel like you are alone. This can negatively impact your relationships with loved ones and create a sense of isolation. Whether you or a loved one is experiencing depression, it’s important to know how this mental illness can impact your relationships so you can be aware of its harm and seek help sooner rather than later.

Impacts on depression in relationships may include:

Negative Mentality

Negative mindsets can impact your overall outlook on life. Irritability can impact the way you interact with different people in your life and can lead to a decline in the quality of your relationships. If you or somebody that you know might be dealing with depression, a negative mentality is one of the leading signs of the illness. Knowing this can help you and others better understand their condition and encourage them to seek professional help.

Increased Conflict

With the stress that depression can put on those experiencing it, conflict may increase. Those suffering from depression may not have the right mindset to engage in constructive communication and arguments may easily escalate and further strain relationships. Furthermore, severe depression might lead an individual to push loved ones away in times of vulnerability and need. It is important to be patient and compassionate with someone suffering from depression and encourage them to find a mental health provider that is able to help and communicate to them more effectively.

Decreased Physical Health 

Mental health and physical health are linked. Depression and increased stress can trigger a number of physical side effects. It is important to note that not all of these side effects may occur, and the severity of each may vary from person to person. According to Mayo Clinic, depression includes symptoms such as the following:

  • Headaches
  • Stomach aches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of interest
  • Acid reflux
  • Muscle tension
  • Brain fog

How To Help Loved Ones Experiencing Depression 

When someone you know is experiencing depression symptoms, letting them know you care is the first step in helping them. Depression can be a serious medical condition and if left undiagnosed and untreated, can be life-threatening.  However, depression can be prevented and effectively treated. And the sooner the intervention, the better.

At Brain Body Balance, located in East Memphis, we offer a cutting-edge treatment for depression that is highly effective, painless and drug-free.  We are the only clinic in the Mid-South that offers an accelerated TMS program where over 90% of our clients feel better in 10 days.  Backed by over three decades of research, TMS has been proven to effectively treat depression with lasting results.

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