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How can I tell if my spouse is clinically depressed?

This film is part of the series "How To Tell If Your Spouse Is Clinically Depressed"

How To Tell If Your Spouse Is Clinically Depressed

Sheri Meyers (Marriage and Family Therapist) gives expert video advice on: How can I tell if my spouse is clinically depressed?

How can I tell if my spouse is clinically depressed?

Here are some ways to tell if your partner is clinically depressed. Firstly, it lasts a long time. It isn't just in reaction to an event like losing a job or having a change in financial status or even a loss of someone they love, because there are stages to that. When your partner is clinically depressed it lasts and it doesn't go away. You are going to see real changes in their behavior. Their sleep patterns are going to change. Their eating patterns are going to change. Their emotional patterns are going to change. If your partner has clinical depression, they may not be loving in your marriage. They may feel dead to you. You may talk to them and all you are going to feel is this blank screen. They may be apathetic. They may not have any interest in going out, having fun, or being romantic. They may want to just sit there and stare at the TV. These are all signs that there is something greater going on. What you need to do if your partner is clinically depressed is get a lot of information. Go on the Internet, research this, talk to your family physician about what can be done. There is medication out there that can help your partner. You have got to get your partner to medical treatment so your doctor can diagnose if this is physical or emotional, because sometimes illness will look like clinical depression. Your partner needs to get checked up.