A group of psychologists from the University of Illinois have found that depressive disorder not only destroys long-term romantic relationship, but in an unexpected way and strengthens them. To such conclusions experts came, conducted the study, which was attended by 135 couples.
According to the researchers, in the past, the surveys of depression, almost always affects only the people themselves, suffering from depression. In the new study, experts decided to focus on pairs. They interviewed people aged from 20 to 83 years, some of whom were in a romantic relationship between them just six months, while others — up to 46 years. Psychologists have said, it was in the past one or both partners diagnosed with clinical depression, and figured out how it took a toll on their relationship.
Many of the answers were quite expected. Depression often made it difficult to communicate the spouses, becoming a barrier to understanding, and at times disturbing and intimate life. Often depression of one of the partners provoked her symptoms and the other. Often the survey participants were focused on other difficulties arising from the depression.
However, as it turned out, depression-like separation, extinguishes the weak love is strong and inflates. Some of the interviewed couples in which both partners suffered from it, admitted that a common problem helped them to better understand each other and become closer. If depression suffered only one spouse, the second often tried to help, offering to talk about its causes, and these conversations, though not always romantic in the traditional sense, helped people better understand each other and further cemented their relationship.