This V-Day, help your part­ner beat the blues

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

The love and sup­port of a part­ner can help those suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion, and the more de­pressed your part­ner is, the more love you should show them. This is what a new study from the Univer­sity of Al­berta, Canada, which sur­veyed 1,407 cou­ples an­nu­ally across six years on their lev­els of de­pres­sion and mu­tual sup­port, showed.

Al­though it can be tempt­ing to pull back from your loved one dur­ing times of stress and de­pres­sion, the team found that help­ing the part­ner through th­ese times can ben­e­fit their fu­ture men­tal health and im­prove feel­ings of self-worth and de­pres­sion, with re­searcher Matthew John­son ex­plain­ing that, “Ef­forts from a part­ner to help al­le­vi­ate stress may pre­vent the de­vel­op­ment or wors­en­ing of men­tal health prob­lems and, in fact, could help keep the re­la­tion­ship healthy. When we ex­pe­ri­ence stress, es­pe­cially high lev­els of stress, we are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble and per­haps that’s why part­ner sup­port in those times is so im­pact­ful,” he adds.

The study also showed that men’s feel­ings of self-es­teem got a boost from sup­port­ing a de­pressed part­ner, as giv­ing sup­port to their part­ner made them feel bet­ter about them­selves.


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