It seems more people have been coming out and sharing that they suffer from depression and/or anxiety. Whether it’s just during postpartum or a life-long struggle, it’s not easy to battle, and not easy to share with everyone that you are among them. I’m grateful that more people are sharing this because it is not uncommon. We all experience hard and even traumatic things, and sometimes the explanation is just that the brain chemicals are imbalanced which causes the bouts of depression. Whatever the cause may be, most people will live with it the rest of their lives.
For Trevor and I, it’s a little bit of both. Anxiety and/or depression can be difficult to manage on your own, let alone helping your spouse manage there’s. This can be a large or ongoing hurdle to jump in marriage. And with the negative stigma attached to this mental illness, you may feel very alone in battling it. This is why I felt the need to address this topic in multiple blog posts, whether it’s for you individually, for your spouse, or for the both of you. I’m going to address depression in general, how it affects your marriage, and how you can better handle it in your marriage.
This blog post addresses some do’s and don’ts when trying to help your depressed spouse, but you can generalize it to others, too. I want to provide some explanations for why I would say these are do’s and don’ts, but I want to give background info on depression so you can understand it better. Because the thing about depression, is that it’s like your own personal brand of sadness that no one else can fully understand unless they are in your head. Even if you’re married to someone who also experiences depression, you both will have different triggers, different reasons, and different responses.
THE DO’S AND DON’TS
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Get to know Amy & Freshly Married...
Amy is a wife, blogger, and Family Life Educator teaching couples how to strengthen their marriage and keep it fresh through helpful advice, support, ideas, and inspiration. She primarily does this through her
blog, Freshly Married.
Freshly Married began when she and her husband were first married, simply sharing learning experiences and thoughts on marriage while she earned her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences. Shortly after graduating, Amy strengthened the platform of Freshly Married to provide more educational blog content and daily encouragement for spouses on social media. She strives to find new ways at being a helpful resource for couples in any stage of life.
She believes that if all spouses ask and answer the question, “What will I do today to keep my marriage fresh?” on a daily basis and act on that answer, they can have a happy and healthy relationship.
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