Justin Bieber Seeks Depression Treatment: Survey Finds 44% of Couples Report at Least 1 Partner Has a Mental Health Issue

When news broke that Justin Bieber was being treated for depression, some fans were surprised. You might think people in relationships are automatically happier and don’t struggle with depression, but that’s not true. A recent eHarmony study found almost half of couples in their study reported some type of mental health issue. Being in a relationship doesn’t stop depression. In some situations, a relationship can be the catalyst for a depressive episode if the union is not going well or is abusive.

Grant Langston, CEO of eHarmony, told The Cheat Sheet that mental health issues are not uncommon among couples. A recent eHarmony survey titled The Happiness Index: Love and Relationships in America 2019 found couples are not immune to mental health problems.“Our findings indicate that 44% of couples report having some sort of mental health issues, from anxiety and depression to other more serious conditions,” said Langston.  

Dealing with mental health issues in a relationship

Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber
Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber | Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

Although mental health issues can impact a relationship, Langston said the survey showed couples who make an effort to talk to each other about their mental health fared well. “What we found in terms of how this relates to relationships, is that if they are willing to communicate frequently about how they’re feeling, then the relationship has a positive impact on that person’s well-being. There’s a wonderful lesson here that we can all have a better experience in life if we are open to speaking about difficult topics and willing to listen,” Langston told The Cheat Sheet.

Seeking help from a couples counselor can improve your relationship

Couple having a serious discussion on the couch| iStock/Getty Images Plus
Couple having a serious discussion | iStock/Getty Images Plus

Seeing a couples therapist also helps relationships thrive. The eHarmony survey revealed those who met with a counselor had the best outcomes when it came to overall relationship health. Here’s what Langston had to say:

Last year, we found that millennial men were some of the happiest groups of people in our study, and it was because, in part, they were willing to go to therapy and talk about the issues in their relationships. This year, we decided to take that study one step further and dive deeper into what people are communicating about. For example, we discovered that those who are willing to open up and let their partners know what’s going on with them internally, whether it’s anxiety or depression, end up being happier in their relationships.

Justin Bieber isn’t the only celebrity struggling with mental health problems

Many celebrities have reportedly experienced mental health issues. Selena Gomez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and R. Kelly’s ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, are just a few examples. Unfortunately, some celebrities, such as Kate Spade, Robin Williams, and Anthony Bourdain, became so overwhelmed by their struggles that they committed suicide.

Selena Gomez went for mental health treatment last year

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Like Bieber, his former girlfriend, Selena Gomez, sought mental health treatment in December 2018. A source told People the singer had been having a tough time a few weeks before her hospitalization due to her battle with lupus. “She has had a tough few weeks and the panic attack in the hospital was the tipping point,” the source told People. “She realized she needed to seek additional help for her ongoing emotional issues. She’s surrounded by close family and has a lot of support. She’s doing better now and is seeking treatment on the East Coast.”

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