Many people go into marriage expecting to live happily ever after. Alas, real life doesn't work that way, and real spouses have to cope with the demands of children, career problems, caring for aging relatives, illness, financial troubles, and a host of other possible stresses. When "for better or for worse" hits the "worse" part, it's all to easy to turn away from one another, or to let the marriage slide down on the priority list.
Unfortunately, when one partner is anxious, preoccupied, or depressed, it can often appear to the other partner that he or she doesn't care anymore. This situation leaves both parties ripe for an affair, even if neither one has any real intention of becoming a cheating wife or husband.
One useful marital skill is to learn common signs of clinical depression, and commit to one another that you will speak up if you notice those signs in your partner or yourself.
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