Even the strongest of unions can break down under the strain of mental illness or depression. Here are a few coping strategies:
Communicating Goes Beyond Words
Get Help Together
Make the Commitment
Find Out What the Triggers Are
Stop the Rush to Judgment
- First, you perceive something – hear a statement, see a facial expression, catch a glance from your partner. It’s a trigger that starts up the process.
- Next your mind identifies what that perception is and interprets it. You assume you know what it’s meant to communicate.
- Then comes an emotional response. If it’s a sensitive trigger in the context of depression, it’s likely to be negative. You feel angry, hurt, frustrated.
- You form a judgment. You’re being attacked for no reason. Your partner refuses to listen, is angry and is blaming you for something you didn’t do.
- Lastly, you fire back and you’re off to serious argument.
Listen to the Other Side
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