Mood Changes and Relationships while on Prednisolone
Relationships are definitely affected by your partner's own mood changes. You might feel like a different person. Your family members might feel like: “where did mom go”, “what happened to dad?”, or “is it mom, is nicest used to, why can't mom get off the couch?”
We have to help our families to know that this is the drug and not us. I know that it's hard for everybody to remember, when it's the heat of the moment. Some things, as far as parenting, helped me.
Are there's a lot of really good parenting apps out? I mean books out there. And then I was actually taking this “Aha! Parenting” course, while I was on Prednisolone. And it really helped me to not yell at my kids, to connect, to make connections with my children. And so I really recommend that.
As far as marriage, there are some really good marriage books. John Gottman is probably like the foremost marriage expert in the world. And he wrote this book that I think everyone should read. It's relevant whether you're married or not. Whatever relationships you're in, this book tells you, what not to do and what to do and really makes it doable.
So, of “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work”, one of the important principles here, “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” of predicting divorce are criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling. And I understand, when on Prednisolone, how easy it is to default to these options. But we need to find alternatives. To read that book is really good and I love the bottom. One it's do physiological self soothing, so just breathing deeply and turning down that hyper reactive state that you were in one more on Prednisolone.
Just doing anything you can to slow it down to relax. Just to breathe and you can not be in that reactive state and locking people. The people that you need in your life care for you. So, check that book out.