Dating someone who suffers from depression
This ties in to the rest of the following tips so pay attention.It's very difficult for some people to say they have a mental illness, especially because of the stigma that's associated. If you don't understand your partner's mood pattern exactly, watch.If you’re depressed, dating can magnify some of your challenges, such as fatigue, irritability, low self-esteem, and reduced libido. Therapy and/or medication use is common and often very successful.More than 80% of people who seek treatment get relief from symptoms, according to Mental Health America.When you find yourself in a relationship with someone you realize might be depressed, one of the most common reactions is to take the depression personally.If your girlfriend becomes depressed, for example, understand that something is happening in her brain on a chemical level that even she can’t totally control.If you make me feel like a complete self-indulgent drag that's barely worth putting up with, my first move once I'm feeling up to it will be to dump your ass and find someone who knows I'm more than worthwhile. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon to meet someone who has anxiety or depression; usually the two co-exist.
The Signs of Depression and Common Reactions First, let’s cover the signs.
Sometimes all they need is space, time to be alone for a little while. Even if there isn't a reason, that's just flat out wrong. Putting the blame on someone who has these disorders will only make things worse.
Usually there IS a reason to be depressed or anxious. Emotions will run high and it's quite possible you'll get ticked off over something. It's normal for us when trying to help someone cope to relate.
The only way to make your significant other not feel embarrassed about opening up to you is to accept the fact that they suffer from depression/anxiety/both, understand that they really have no control as much they try and comfort them whenever needed. Panic and stress are issues for anyone with anxiety. There's going to be days where they feel like total crap, just like there's days where it feels like an anxiety attack is inevitable. Learning how this all works will make it easier for you to, again, accept, understand and comfort.
Just because it's one of those days where they're sad, uninterested or anything along those lines, doesn't mean it's because of you or something you did.