Retired husband could make a wife depressed!

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Retired husband could make a wife depressed!

Retirement is a time that many people wait for. When retired, a person has more time to spend with family, children, grandchildren, and are free from the stress of work. Supposedly retirement is also anticipated by the spouse because they finally get to spend time together much longer. But the reality is not as beautiful as that.

A recent study revealed that the retirement can trigger depression in couples. This study revealed that when a husband retires, their wives would have a higher risk for developing depression. By the researcher, this tendency is called the ‘retired husband syndrome‘. Researchers found that nearly half of women experience increased stress, depression, and lack of sleep when their husbands retire.

Moreover, Italian researchers also found that the longer the time, the worse the depression and stress experienced by the wife. This not only applies to housewives but also can have greater impact on women who still work when their husbands have retired.

“We found that retirement have the biggest impact on women who are still working. They already feel the stress of the job and do not have time to serve the additional demand from the retired husband,” said researchers, as reported by the Daily Mail (20/08).

So, what causes stress to increase in women when retired husbands? The researchers argue that the cause is because women are faced with the pressure of greater  household responsibilities when their husbands retired. They also have to think about decreased income.

These results were obtained by researcher Dr. Marco Bertoni and Dr. Giorgio Brunello from the University of Padova after analyzing 840 Japanese women between 2008 and 2013, they chose Japan because the country has found strong gender roles. However, the researchers explain that these results can be applied to all countries.

Researchers gave a score of stress and depression in women whose husband had retired. They found that the longer the husband retired, the stress level goes up six to 14 per cent.

They found that 47 percent of women reported to have emotional problems when their husbands retire. Approximately 41 percent of women feel stressed, 23 percent longer felt depressed, and 16 percent had insomnia problems. Although men also experience increased levels of stress and mental health decline after retirement, this turns out to have greater impact on the wife.

How do you think of these results? If upirhusband has retired, do you also experience stress and depression because of it? Share with us in the comments!

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