If you've sought treatment for and have been diagnosed with depression, you have made a huge first step toward healing and creating a happier life. But sometimes there are growing pains along the way, and if you are in a relationship, often your partner will feel these pains right along with you. When you are feeling depressed, you may worry that you aren't good enough for your partner, or become irritable around them. You may even push them away when you feel like your emotions are beyond your control. In addition, your sense of intimacy may diminish, and your sex life may fizzle as a result of fatigue and medications. The hard truth is that feelings of isolation, worthlessness, and tiredness can all take a hefty toll on your love life. But you don't have to let clinical depression be the demise of your relationship. Using an integrative approach based in mindfulness, interpersonal psychotherapy (ITP), acceptance and commitment therapy ACT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), When Depression Hurts Your Relationship offers practical skills to help readers with depression reignite intimacy with their partners.
If you suffer from depression, this book is a must-read to help keep your romantic relationship healthy, exciting, and rewarding for you both.
""When Depression Hurts Your Relationship "provides readers with scientifically-grounded yet accessible knowledge that they can apply to their lives. It's a valuable contribution to the genre of science-help, and I have no doubt that it will help readers improve their relationships and live more fulfilling lives." --David DiSalvo, author of "Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain's Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life "
Shannon Kolakowski, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice. She blogs for Huffington Post and PsychCentral, and is the author of the upcoming book, Dating for the Shy and Socially Anxious. Kolakowski is an active member of the American Psychological Association. Foreword writer Craig Malkin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, author, and instructor of psychology for Harvard Medical School. His articles and insights have frequently been featured in publications like Psychology Today, match.com's Happen Magazine and Women's Health, and he's made numerous TV and radio appearances, including NPR and Fox news.