Relationship depression: How to cope

Relationship depression: How to cope

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CareClick Healthcare

28-May-2021 - 1 min read

Relationships and depression can be linked. Sometimes, the relationship itself triggers someone’s depression. However, people can also experience depression even if their relationship is a happy one.


People may use the term “relationship depression” to describe depression that develops due to relationship difficulties. However, this is not a distinct medical condition.

This article will look in more detail at relationship depression. It will explore how relationships can affect depression and vice versa.


What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a type of mood disorder.

Although some people use the word “depression” informally to describe feeling sad, depression as a medical condition is different.

People with depression can experience a number of persistent mental and physical symptoms, including:

  • feeling sad, worthless, or guilty
  • feeling irritable or angry
  • low self-esteem
  • tiredness and fatigue
  • difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • eating more or less than usual
  • sleeping more or less than usual
  • loss of interest in enjoyable activities, such as hobbies or socializing
  • loss of libido, or sex drive
  • suicidal thoughts


These symptoms can range from mild to debilitating. To receive a diagnosis of depression, these symptoms must occur most of the day or all day, nearly every day, for a consistent period of time.


There are several types of depression. Some are related to physical health conditions, such as endocrine disorders or premenstrual dysphoric disorders, which is related to the menstrual cycle.


However, other types can be caused or exacerbated by events happening in a person’s current life or events that affected them in the past. Sometimes, relationships can be a trigger.


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