Signs Your Partner May Be Depressed

Depression is a common mental health disorder, affecting over 15 million Americans. Despite this figure, it can still be hard to tell if one is depressed especially if it’s your partner.

There are subtle signs of this disorder that can easily go unnoticed. These include:

  • Isolation
    When a person is depressed, he/she tends to isolate himself/herself because everything in his/her life seems like a burden. He/she may feel embarrassed about it so he/she gets into a solitary mode.If your partner is a social person and suddenly gets into solitary activities, sleeps more, or watches television more often, then it can be that he/she is depressed.
  • Lack of motivation
    Does your ever-punctual partner develop a new habit around tardiness? It could be more than just about poor time management.People who are depressed tend to lose their motivation in doing things they used to love. Their sadness can immobilize them, making it difficult for them to get up in the morning.
  • Change in appearance
    A change in appearance or weight can be a subtle sign of depression. When a person is depressed, he/she no longer care or takes pride in the way he/she looks. Weight gain and weight loss are both common in depressed people.
  • Fatigue
    Depression can cause someone to feel unusually tired. The fatigue can also be a result of change in his/her sleeping patterns. They may sleep more than usual, and have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning.
  • Reactivity changes
    When your partner seems to have a sudden shift in reactivity – be it having a short temper or having a flat response, then it’s possible that he/she is struggling with depression.

What You Can Do

If you think your partner is depressed, it’s important to seek help for diagnosis and treatment. The longer you wait, the deeper your partner sinks and the greater is the risk of depression affecting your relationship.

Once diagnosis has been made, it’s important to develop a plan together to tackle depression. It may involve reaching out to a mental health professional who can help your partner cope with his/her feelings, solve problems, and change behavior patterns. This can be in the form of talk therapy, medications, or a combination of both.

Conventional methods like therapy and medications do not work for everyone though. If your partner’s depressive symptoms are not improving, know that there’s an alternative treatment – TMS.

TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment for conditions like depression and anxiety. If you want to know more about it, you can contact us to schedule an appointment.

Depression in Women

About 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from depression each year.

Research has shown that women are twice as likely to develop depression than men, and it’s estimated that about 1 in 4 women will have an episode of major depression at some point in her life.

Types of Depression That Affect Women

There are different types of depression that affect women. The most common are: major depression, postpartum depression, and persistent depressive disorder.

Major Depression

Major depression is a severe form of depression. In this type of depression, women lose their ability to find pleasure in things and activities that they used to find enjoyable. This greatly affects the way they work, function in day-to-day life, and deal with others.

Postpartum Depression

Also known as the “baby blues,” postpartum depression is a type of depression that occurs in women after the birth of their baby. Symptoms of postpartum depression usually occur in months following birth.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

A milder form of depression, persistent depressive disorder is characterized by an extended depressed mood. This can last for two years or more.

The Risk Factors

It is still unclear why the gender gap in depression exists in. However, researchers suspect that some of it can be brought on by genes, hormones, and stress.

Genes

Studies suggest that heredity accounts for 40 percent of the cases of depression. Researchers found out though that certain genetic mutations that are linked to severe depression only occur in women.

Hormones

For years, researchers have suspected that fluctuations in women’s hormones, specifically with estrogen, contribute to a woman’s greater vulnerability to depression.

Stress

Women are more likely than men to become depressed when exposed to certain stressful events. Being the primary caregiver and financial inequality can also contribute to the development of depression in women.

Treating Depression in Women

Depression in women is treated the same way as depression in men. It is most commonly treated through medications, therapy, or a combination of the two.

If you’ve tried everything with no results from traditional treatment methods, NeurOasis wants to help you get your life back. We specialize in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. TMS Therapy is a safe and FDA-approved treatment for major depression.

Make an appointment online or call (520) 338-2557 to get your free consultation today.