Our social lives, that is, our relationships, can have huge impact on our moods. For example, it is very rare that you see a bride and groom in the throws of depression. When our relationships are good, often our mood is good. When they are bad, our moods are bad. God created us for relationships. It is pretty obvious that we were created to be in relationship with one another. When God made Adam, He said pretty quickly in Genesis 2:18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
In the diagnostic manual, used by the psychotherapy world, many categories have some type of relationship difficulty as criteria for diagnosis. In fact, for a few categories, persistent difficulty in relationships is the predominant criteria.
Some clients have relationship issues from the past that impact their mood now. They may need to do work to heal those relationships, or to overcome the impact of a dysfunctional relationship.
If our relationships are in a difficult place, then it will effect our emotions. As such the effective treatment of depression will often involve marital or family therapy.
Through this work, we can help clients, and those close to them, to navigate the world of conflict, to celebrate their connection, help them set boundaries, learn how to communicate and solve problems, . We can also help them to learn from traumas of the past and choose not to let past social issues, infect their lives individually or relationally.