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Physical Intimacy and Depression

We all know that physical intimacy is a normal, healthy part of adult life, but have you ever considered the effect it has on depression?

Physical intimacy alone can be beneficial, but coupled with emotional intimacy, the benefits can be limitless. Just think of that feeling of security you have, and the self-esteem boost you get, when you and the one you love express affection and love for each other.

And letís not forget about those intoxicating endorphins! The rush of chemicals released at the climactic moment is more enjoyable than any other feeling known to man (or woman!).

Getting physically intimate is great exercise, which also releases endorphins. Not only is it a good cardio (as well as overall) workout, but getting your body in shape gives you a general feeling of well-being, not to mention improving your health.

However, I must give you a warning with regard to physical intimacy. When done too casually, without consideration of the emotional and possible physical results (such as contracting communicable diseases), physical intimacy can have extremely dire consequences.

Many womenís self-esteem plummets after sleeping with casual partners, which can cause or worsen depression. Consenting to a physical relationship without knowing how your partner feels or what his intentions are can lead to devastating emotional results.

There are countless people who are addicted to the endorphin rush, using the physical act much like a drug addict uses his drug. There are also those who get pleasure from the act of inflicting pain, or worse. For these and other reasons, you should take your time and give a lot of consideration to whether or not you should enter into a physically intimate relationship.

It is my opinion that most women need emotional intimacy with a partner in order to feel good about taking the relationship to the next level. Without love and commitment, we are often left feeling empty, used, confused, regretful, and even stupid after sleeping with someone.

While physical intimacy with a loving, committed partner is almost always helpful with regard to depression, getting physical with a casual partner can be disastrous. No matter how tempting, donít get caught up in the moment, forgetting about how youíll feel tomorrow.

If you suffer from depression, I urge you to be extremely careful and take your time when entering into a physically intimate relationship. And remember the advice we give our daughters: ďIf you arenít worthy of his love, he isnít worthy of your body.Ē

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