Chances are you have dated, will date, or are dating somebody suffering from depression — or perhaps you are familiar with depression yourself.According to a 2014 study by the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 15 Americans have had at least one major depressive episode in a 12-month period.As long as your partner seeks treatment, works on healthy strategies, and is willing to take medication as prescribed, there is hope for the relationship.Love may not conquer all, but it makes a big difference.You can watch the mood cycles and work to understand them, but your irritation will not make the low mood disappear any faster. College students’ level of cognitive vulnerability, which has implications for developing depressive symptoms, is influenced by their roommates.” As with college roommates, the same is true for romantic partners.You might be passing your depression back and forth the same way you would a flu virus.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.
If your partner is depressed and needs silence, rest, or distance, assess whether you might need those things, too.5: Strengthen your own emotional health and work on your emotional immunity.The more stable your own mood is, the better able you will be to support your depressed partner.It’s important for you to learn more about that before we go any further.” Cliff was stumped.Brian seemed perfectly happy and fine, not depressed at all. He was highly motivated to understand anything and everything about Brian. Cliff was seeing me because he wanted to improve in a few areas related to his career: goal setting, leadership, and procrastination.
Sex might not happen on your timeline, but that’s true in any relationship.