Can Depression Affect Your Relationships?

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depressionWhen you’re in a foul mood, nothing goes right. This can include your relationship with your spouse/partner, friends, family members, or co-workers. The connection between your emotions and your relationships is strong, but there are things you can do to help!

Take Notes

If you suspect your mood is the reason for a rift in a relationship, take note of what others are saying to you. If those closest to you are beginning to refer to you as a “Debbie Downer” or “Negative Nancy,” it’s time to evaluate what’s going on emotionally.

Find the Bright Side

Oftentimes, we see the dark side of situations, which affect our relationships with others. Try being more objective and see the situation more accurately. This can be somewhat difficult in the beginning because it’s new and, well, old habits die-hard. But, it’s important to see things for what they truly are.

Check Your Partner

If you and your partner are complete opposites, that may play a role in your relationship. For instance, if one of you is happy-go-lucky and the other is full of negativity, your relationship is going to be affected. While opposites attract, sometimes the effects of that attraction can be difficult.

Seek Treatment

If you’ve done the above and are still having issues with your mood affecting your relationships, it’s time to seek treatment. There could be a number of reasons your mood is off, including anxiety. It’s best to seek treatment of a professional who can help you evaluate these feelings and give you the tools necessary to work with them.

Emotions affect everything in our lives, especially relationships with others. Don’t let your emotions have a negative impact on your otherwise healthy relationships.

Take care,

Dr. Nicole

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