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I'm the one with depression but need advise to support my husband
Hi I'm so sorry you are in this situation I can't offer any advice as I posted a similar question myself on how to support my husband while he trying to support me. I just wanted to say after reading your post give it time and your not alone!
Oh some advice even though said I had none have you tried counselling together?
Things like taking time to spend relax time together not about the problem just being together. My problem is ocd anxiety depression so I need my husband to help reassure me when things bad someone suggested to try not to do that.
Make time that's about him to show him his appreciated.
That's what I got from my post. If that helps?
The biggest thing I found on my own within my relationship was that the frustration was that he didn't understand about what was happening to me. So it helped him to learn about it.
I would strongly suggest counselling together. Don't approach him when things are tense suggest it as something for you not for him or both of you people can get on the defence when they think you want them to see someone like that.
Not sure if you have kids might be hard if you do to get out and go to dinner or a wall on beach whatever it is you like to do but try if you can. It helps me to focus what little energy I have into improving my relationship. I try and surprise my husband with yummy snacks and a movie when the kids have gone to bed almost a date close as you can get when no one to look after your kids😕
Are you seeing someone for your depression?
make it any easier.
What can happen when someone has depression for an extended period of time is that it can rub off onto the your partner/spouse
not that you would want this to happen, but unfortunately it can, but it's something which you had never intended to happen.
Living with someone who has depression takes it's toll on those who are surrounded to them, because as much as they try and
help you, nothing seems to improve, because remember depression is such a powerful illness and is not easy to overcome.
Just as when someone is depressed they hate being asked question after question, because there never seems to any answer, so
it then begins to annoy them, so they tend to close up even more, and can go deeper into depression.
So the same applies with your husband, he has closed up and doesn't want to talk.
Probably at the moment he won't want to talk aout 'this other stuff', because it's just the same as somebody asking a depressed
person what is making them depressed, he will begin to open up as time progress's and when he decides to, so you could start a
conversation about his football team or what's happened at the cricket, but don't over do it.
He should also go and see his doctor, however that maybe a big ask, but just time it when you think is the appropriate time.
I remember once when I was depressed that I took off in a car and my wife (ex) rang the police and found me parked at a park,
and the officer was very sympathic and just talked with me about everything except depression, which made me snap out of this
episode that could have lead to anything.
I hope that you can stay with us about how you are going. Geoff. x
I had problems with my husband because when I was very stressed,depressed or anxious sometimes I would react badly and then he would get angry thinking I was angry with him and things would quickly escalate. Attempts to discuss issues would fail as we would misunderstand or get frustrated because the other wasn't opening up or understanding or whatever. It made it worse that my husband is physically unwell so we were both trying to protect each other.
I spoke to my psychologist and arranged for a joint session. The session beforehand we discussed in detail what the issues were from my point of view and what I needed from my husband In the joint session my psychologist spoke to my husband by himself so he could talk freely about me and how he was feeling. It was made clear that this session was about me and my issues not about 'fixing him'. Afterwards I came back in and the psychologist went through things together so we could come to an agreement. For example when very stressed I needed to vent but my husband would assume I was angry with him and react badly. With the psychologist we agreed that I would start my venting by stating that I am angry with the situation not him and need to vent. My husband learnt that his role was just to keep quiet and not take it personally. This made a difference. Recently we were in a situation which caused me extreme anxiety. In the past my husband would have tried to reassure me and tell me everything is fine and there is no need to worry which just makes me feel worse as I then feel stupid for feeling so scared. This time my husband stayed very quiet throughout the situation and later when the situation eased suggested I stop and rest when I felt safe enough to do so. I was really grateful that the psychologist had been able to help him understand my needs and reduced the negative reactions that so often lead to arguments &/or bad feelings. It may not work for you but it is worth considering. Of course it will only work if your partner is willing to go. I introduced the idea to my husband by stating that I have a problem and I am needing someone else to help because I can't explain what I need properly.
I feel for what you are going through from a sufferer of depression.....its awful..Geoff nailed it on the head before
* you mentioned you are giving your husband space ...very caring of you '41 but you are the one needs the space
* Well Done (Seriously) on calling your long term friends (support network) Nice1...very important
* Your hubby is a good person..no problem there. He needs to acknowledge your depression as a real illness
* Depression is the same as broken bones...diabetes...any physiological problem...There is no difference...
* Its a big ask but even try to get your husband to go with you to your choice of GP....(or specialist)
* Your husbands' anger only shows he doesn't really understand what your illness really is
You are incredibly strong '41 and (if you wish of course) please let me know how you are going
Be Gentle to Yourself and hopefully speak soon