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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How do I help my husband with depression?

    My husband came home a few weeks ago and told me that he doesn't think he's in love with me anymore but he loves me. We have been seeking counseling by ourselves into recently went the first time with each other. The therapist thinks he is depressed and my husband agrees but he will not seek medical attention due to his job. He is pushing me away. I'm so lost. I don't know if he wants to try to fix our relationship.
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    Renee Mill

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Empowering people is my passion and life work. I have been working as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for over thirty years. I have … View Profile

    What a difficult place to be. It is hard to be supportive when you are being pushed away.

    The most important thing is for you to get the emotional support that you need. Prioritise your mental and physical health which will enable you to cope with whatever will  come your way.

    I would continue going for  marriage counselling if possible. The therapist can help you find out what your husband wants. She will probably also attempt yo motivate him to seek help for his depression. It will be far more effective if she motivates him than if you try to.

    Until you have evidence to the contrary, be supportive and caring. Give your husband the space  to confront his issues and move forward at his own pace. 

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