Depression: How It Affects Your Sexual Life
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Depression is one of the most common mental conditions and can also be one of the most dangerous disorders that affects your life. It can cause major mental strain for the depressed person’s partner. Depressed people are generally run down, withdrawn and are overly apathetic. The relationship diminishes in value for the person coping with the depressed partner as he or she is deprived of the usual expectations of a relationship such as love, nurturing, care, sex and support.

Sex life in a relationship is one of the most important aspects and is typically the glue that can sustain the spark and excitement for renewed periods of time. Depressed individuals generally have low libido and an overall lack of interest in sex. It can be very difficult to be in a relationship with a depressed individual especially when seeking gratification.

The important factors are to realize that the behavior of the depressed partner is not due to actual feelings but an unnatural disorder and to support the partner until they get through the phase. It is important to pay attention, identify when your partner is having the worst period, and be more attentive when the partner is experiencing a positive phase. Support and encouragement combined with activities such as going to the movies or going for a walk can help boost the couple's mutual relations leading to a more active sex life. Exercising together is also a very good idea as it stimulates the release of endorphins, which alleviates the symptoms of depression.

Bear in mind that depression does not affect all people in a similar manner. Certain depressed individuals may continue to have a normal sex life despite having the condition. Some may even find that their libido has increased as they only find solace during this activity.

Note that if your depressed partner is under medication, this may be having an effect on his or her sex life as well. If you notice that your partner is more receptive to sex on days that the medication is not taken, it may be advisable to see a doctor as the benefit of engaging in sexual activity may be more effective than buying prescription drugs online to keep the condition under control.

Being attentive and patient is the key to overcoming the condition. Focusing on maintaining a happy relationship with a healthy dose of sex can make a considerable effect on the overall condition for the better.


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