Effects of Depression


What Are The Effects of Depression to One’s Marriage, Work, and Life?

People function at what passes for “normal” in the eyes of society yet everyone feels the effects of depression. Some succumb to them and are more obvious in their affliction whereas most human beings are content with their lot in life not giving the disorder power over their daily lives. This is how depression disrupts lives; by becoming a bigger concern than it should be, often becoming the center of one’s day and therefore interfering with relationships with other people.

It has been clinically proven, if not totally understood, that depression is rooted in the bio-chemical makeup of the brain. This is why the effects of depression can be manipulated by controlled substances. Because of such manipulation other bodily chemical processes are affected; daily digestive processes, circulatory functions, libido, sleep, cognition and memory, even respiratory functions can be affected. Much study has been done on how depression can physically affect the daily decision-making a sufferer of this disorder goes through and the effects of this on those around them.

What happens in a monogamous relationship if one is depressed? First, the disorder causes a problem between the couple, one, that may be surmounted with patience and persistence to be supportive and accepting and the other, recognizant of the effort and then appreciative. These effects of depression can strengthen the relationship if taken as a test of their commitment to each other, but as a widening gap if ignored. Depression is statistically and partially responsible for over 60% of all reported divorce cases in America. This is a shame because a good relationship is supposedly an excellent therapy for a depressed person.

For couples, sex may be a prime concern and can signal the onset or continuance of problems resulting from the effects of depression. In men, there is a general dampening of the brain activity creating feelings of weariness and hopelessness. These feelings are associated to erectile problems and loss of libido therefore compounding relationship problems. In women, there is evidence of irregularity or cessation of periods as the body copes, and also a diminished brain activity that results in a lack of interest in sex and somewhat often coupled with a difficulty in reaching orgasm. These problems will disappear with recognition and support. In fact, a renewed interest in sex may be the first sign of recovery and compound relationship conditions positively.

Workers suffering from the effects of depression are characterized as slow, indecisive and less productive. They also often make more mistakes, as they are constantly distracted from work by their depression. This validates the need for a good Human Resources team in any successful corporation and in recent years the value of one’s emotional quotient (E.Q.) has been prized in many industries.

People who are depressed tend to see the world in a hopeless light and are excessively pessimistic with no expectations that conditions will improve. This type of person is ostracized by many which is ironic since it is physical company that corrects such a disorder. When someone is suffering from the effects of depression it usually takes an outside force to release the sufferer from their self-imposed, self-destructive cycle.