Newlyweds turn to therapy for post marriage depression
Tuesday 25th November, 2008
What is deemed the biggest day of your life could lead to the biggest emotional turmoil of your life if the latest research from the US is true. Newlyweds are increasingly turning to complementary therapy to help them overcome their post-marriage blues.
Often years in the planning and a huge financial burden, getting married places such an emotional strain on couples that after the event they are left feeling deflated and suffering with depression, according to doctors.
In the US alone, 10% of couples who have recently married are seeking help. And it’s not just the feeling that the excitement is over, many couples begin to doubt if marriage was the right choice to make and their frustrations are sending them to counsellors to help overcome their relationship problems.
The problem isn’t confined to the United States either, Britain has some 275,000 marriages per year and a similar percentage are suffering with the bridal blues.
Women are more likely to look for answers to their problems while men just bottle it up. Arguments typically involve sex, money and time apart, the latter seen as a major issue after marriage as newlyweds believe they should be spending more time together.
Therapists are quick to point out that, despite being married, maintaining a level of independence is still important and arguments are a normal part of a relationship. However, if problems persist then help from a relationship counsellor can certainly prove beneficial.