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Re: Any advice on relationships during depression?

Posted by Brenda on March 13, 2000, at 17:13:12

In reply to Any advice on relationships during depression?, posted by Robyn on March 13, 2000, at 12:13:42

> I was recently diagnosed with clinical depression related to stress over a medical condition. I've been taking Celexa (started at 20 mg for 3 weeks, then upped to 40 mg) for about a month. For the last two weeks or so I've found it very difficult to be around my boyfriend. We have discussed marriage and prior to this depression I felt that I was very much in love with him. Now, however, when I see him it oftens feels like I'm with a stranger. Things that used to irritate me about him a little now seem to be huge things. I don't want him to touch me in a sexual way and I'm scared that this means my feelings for him have changed. He is a wonderful person and has been very supportive during this time. I feel huge amounts of guilt and stress when I am around him because I don't feel the way I used too. It feels like the depression is lifting so I don't understand why I'm feeling this way about him. Any thoughts?

Robyn - I think it might one or two things. Sometimes my husband irritates the heck out of me - and he's very supportive. As long as I don't get mean and try to hold on I know it will pass. I have also found that when starting a new antidepressant I typically got cranky and edgy for awhile until my body acclimated to the medication. I took 1/2 a benadryl and it seemed to help me. My experience has been that relationships have normal ups and downs. I always try to remind myself that when I get cranky and some of his habits irritate me - that it will pass, and I'll like to be around him again. Hope this helps. Please be well and remember to always take care of yourself first. B.




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