Marriage can bring infinite blessings or can usher in disappointment, strife, anger, and depression. One explanation for how depression forms in a marriage is when one partner takes a dominant role and the other a one-down or submissive role. This is likely to trigger depression in the partner who feels the lesser power or victim role. In most cases, changing the dominant-submissive patterns to collaborative patterns eliminates depression from the relationship. Problems getting along as a married couple definitely can play a significant role in depression development, and treatment for one partner alone is unlikely to be effective. When couples engage in problem-solving together in response to differences, their emotional state improves.
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