Depression in couples should be viewed in the context of adults and where they are developmental.
My area of specialty is from a developmental. In general, Depression in young and middle-aged adults can be caused by Chemical causes, Physical causes, Genetic causes, or environmental, & Social causes.
• Pressures to have a successful family life.
• Work. Finances. Infertility. Intellectual/Academic failure.
• In Diaspora, men are affected more coz of the inability to transition or transfer job skills from Africa to the USA. African men being treated like their counterparts – their predecessors-African American. Social life/Left peer or cohort group back home – loneliness.
• Anxiety & frustration.
• Failed relationships.
• Isolation from supportive relatives-wife depends on husband and for everything…that can be tough, same with a wife who expects the husband to be like a God for emotional, social and spiritual support
• Failing Youthful beauty and strength
• Men are also more affected by lack of employment because of social expectations to be a provider.
• Death of parents/ siblings/Children
• And if there is alcohol addiction or other substance use.
• Depending on age/Facing an empty nest.
• Failing health or chronic illness.
• Best is to have a couple evaluate what is triggering depression.
• Women need to mind about hormonally related depression…
• Women are affected by depression twice as often as men. For example for women. Biological, social causes, psychological & even reproductive issues. Those older during pre & post-menopause.
• Many women can be vulnerable after childbirth, due to changes that take place during this time, which can lead to postpartum depression.
*This post is issued with a disclaimer/the information I share should not be substituted for medical assessments counseling or treatment requirements. Nor used in any other setting, except for what it is requested by KEMEN.*
Rev Wambûi Njoroge. M.Sci./Child & Family Studies