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How Depression And Anxiety Could Be Affecting Your Relationships

Depression and anxiety can cause all kinds of problems between you and the people that are in your life. It’s not just going to affect you and your romantic partner, it can also affect relationships with friends, family members, and even co-workers. When it comes to mental illnesses, the person with the diagnosis doesn’t really have any say over who is affected by their illness.

The most important thing you can do to help all of your relationships is to be open and honest with people about your illness. While some people still look at mental illnesses in a bad way, there are also people that will be sympathetic to your illness and want to help you out in any way they can. Once you share your truth with them they will be more understanding should the following things occur.

Issues In The Bedroom

Depression and anxiety can cause issues in the bedroom with couples. Depression can ruin the mood, in general. It can also lead to issues with impotence, or even in being able to enjoy sex.

Sometimes bedroom time can cause anxiety for people. You may feel uncomfortable naked, or maybe uncomfortable about problems you’re having in a private area, or maybe even feeling uncomfortable about your lack of experience (or your partner’s lack of experience).

If you talk to your significant other about your fears or worries, things could be smoothed over in the bedroom. Being open and honest in your romantic relationship can also help you bond with your partner on a deeper level.

Problems Communicating

Depression can also cause problems with your ability to communicate with others, as can anxiety. When you’re depressed you likely want to shut yourself off to everyone, which can cause problems if the people in your life don’t understand your illness.

If you have been diagnosed with social anxiety, you may find it difficult to communicate with people in any type of social situation. You may be the wallflower at parties or use alcohol to be able to open up. Your illness may also affect your career, especially if you work in a setting where you talk to strangers often like retail or front office work.

Irritability And Anger

Depression and anxiety, left unchecked, can lead to irritability and anger issues. This can come out at strangers and at the people that are important to you. It could even cause you to be short with your children.

You don’t want to hurt the people that love you, but it’s the illness that causes these mood swings. Therapy is an important step in ensuring that your anger and irritability don’t push away the people that are important in your life.

Pushing People Away

Speaking of pushing people away, sometimes you will simply push people away, not in anger, though. You just feel like the people in your life can’t possibly understand what it is you’re going through. Because of this, you stop sharing things with your friends and family.

Sometimes you push them away because they showed signs that they didn’t care or couldn’t handle your anxiety or depression. These people are probably the right ones to push away. While you do need some people in your corner to help you get through your illness, you don’t need people that trigger your illness.

If you have depression or anxiety and it is affecting any of your relationships, at home or at work, talk to your doctor or therapist about the problems you are having. They may be able to help you with some exercises or even some new medication to help control your illness better.