My partner starting medication is hurting our relationship
Firstly my girlfriend and I have been together coming up to 4 years now and living together for over a year now. She has recently started medication for anxiety and likely depression.
Recently her attitudes have become quite insensitive and she often speaks to me without much restraint for how I might feel. There’s also a general feeling of distance and lack of time for me now.
We almost never fight/argue so this is a new turn. It’s especially difficult as it’s often unprovoked or from an inconvenience that would not have previously bothered her.
For example I missed calls to pick her up at very late one night when she’d been out drinking to which on her entering the house proceeded to wake up me and insult me. This is unprecedented for her. I’m sure she’s thought these things before but even after confronting her about it the following morning after breakfast she doubled down and said it was fair. We’d never even planned that I was going to pick her up.
I would like to think I do at least enough to support her, particularly cooking/organising many of the meals, cleaning, and driving her to things. Without much of the same back (this is okay) as she’s busy with a very difficult bachelor.
To close things up this attitude is now feeling unsustainable to me and weighing heavily on my conscious too.
Any pointers or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hello Captain233, there are a couple of issues here that need to be discussed, only if you want to.
I'm not a doctor, but perhaps before she started taking this medication she could have been suffering from anxiety and depression, which could mean that normally people in this condition wouldn't behave like this, all they want is peace and quiet.
If she realises this is happening, then this medication neds to be reviewed by her doctor, because it doesn't seem as though it's helping your relationship.
This 'very difficult bachelor' she's busy with makes me ask, how much influence does this make to your relationship.
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