One of the most challenging situations a couple can face together is supporting a partner through depression. For those who are seeking resources for helping a spouse with depression, many therapy options are available. At the same time, challenges exist that sometimes hamper one’s ability to assist a husband or wife coping with depression symptoms. Let’s explore some of the common approaches and possible drawbacks.
What Are the Symptoms of Depression?
To help a spouse with depression, it is important to know its associated symptoms. This will help you identify depression symptoms early and then take steps to help your spouse cope with them.
Common depression symptoms include appetite changes, lack of sleep or sleeping too much, tiredness, loss of interest in hobbies or other activities, feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and guilt as well as slowed thinking or speaking. Depression can happen at any time, and its symptoms can affect a person’s ability to manage everyday situations. In addition, depression symptoms can cause a person to feel irritable, unhappy, or miserable, without knowing the real reason why this is the case.
Tips for Helping a Spouse with Depression
In terms of helping a spouse with depression, one of the best options is to encourage treatment. A person may not be able to identify their own depression symptoms, or they may feel ashamed due to their depression. However, by encouraging your spouse to take advantage of the treatment options available to them, you can help them take the initial step to manage depression symptoms.
At the first sign of depression symptoms in your spouse, meet with them and share your concerns. Be open and honest, and tell your spouse that you care about their health and well-being.
You can also teach your spouse about depression and its symptoms. Although depression can be difficult to talk about, various treatment options are available. By pursuing medical treatment for depression, your spouse can get the necessary help to deal with their symptoms.
If your spouse pursues medical treatment for depression, continue to provide encouragement. You can offer to go with your spouse to a doctor’s appointment for depression, as well as provide support after a doctor performs tests, provides a diagnosis, and offers a treatment recommendation.
How Is Depression Treated?
If your spouse receives a depression diagnosis, they may consider one or more treatment options. Sometimes, a doctor prescribes antidepressant medication to help a patient reduce depression symptoms. A doctor may also recommend psychotherapy, which is a form of talk therapy designed to help a patient understand the root cause of depression and implement coping strategies.
The type of antidepressant medication prescribed to a depression patient varies based on the individual, and they may experience side effects. In certain instances, a trial-and-error approach is required to find an effective medication, and a patient may need to take different antidepressants over time to help reduce their depression symptoms.
Psychotherapy may be used on its own or in conjunction with antidepressant medication. Several types of psychotherapy may be utilized to help patients manage depression, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Interpersonal Therapy.
A combination of antidepressants and psychotherapy can also be used to help patients cope with depression, as well as alternative therapies that are becoming widely available. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is one such alternative option. TMS is a type of therapy that involves the use of electromagnetic pulses to stimulate brain cells in underactive regions of the brain responsible for mood. In doing so, TMS may help depression patients reduce their symptoms and improve their quality of life. It is a safe, noninvasive treatment that has been approved by the FDA for over a decade. TMS can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or in conjunction with medication and therapy, and it does not cause the intolerable side effects that medications sometimes do.
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Helping a spouse with depression can be difficult, but Achieve TMS offers revolutionary TMS therapy to help patients deal with depression. Our expert medical clinicians can teach an individual about TMS, and help determine if this type of depression therapy can deliver symptom relief. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please contact us online, or call or text us today at 877-261-3391.