Bieling and Antony (2003), in their book Ending the Depression Cycle, provide an enlightening look at the interplay of depression and intimate relationships. Depression, as described by many professionals, is often conceptualized as mainly an intrapsychic issue—that is, “it is an experience that the person feels inside of themselves, including the many internal signs and symptoms related to the emotion, as well as the physical symptoms (Bieling & Antony, 2003, p. 213). At its core, this definition holds true. However, for anyone that has ever experienced depression or known someone who has, it is apparent that depression is an interpersonal issues well (i.e. pertaining to the relations between persons). As Bieling and Antony denote, there appears to be a bidirectional link between depression and relationships. On one hand, as the symptoms get worse, someone experiencing depression may not want to be around people at all, including those close to them. Additionally, those people who reach out to support someone with depression, over time, may feel as though they are being pushed away or become frustrated that they cannot help. As such, depression can severely impact one’s relationships with others including intimate partners, friends, family, and colleagues. On the other hand, interpersonal relationships can have a great influence on the experience of depression and at times, even trigger depression. So what can be done? Interpersonal Psychotherapy is an evidenced-based, scientifically proven treatment option for depression. Unlike couples or family therapy, this type of therapy is carried out individually and can decrease symptoms of depression by directly focusing on exploring and improving one’s relationships, whatever the issues may be. Check out our web page for more information on how we can support you or someone close to you with depression.

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