Dating a depressed person
Kissen recommends coming up with a code word for when your partner needs space.
“It doesn’t have to be a full sentence, but a quick shorthand to give about when they just need to be alone,” she says.
Instead, just remind your partner that you’re here for them and you believe in them.The stereotypical idea of depression is someone who feels sad all the time, but that’s not the only way it can affect people.Depression can also cause mood changes that look like irritability or frustration, says Debra Kissen, Ph D, MHSA, clinical director of Light on Anxiety Treatment Center.Encourage and support them, but don’t put the whole weight of their depression on your shoulders.It can look so obvious from the outside: If they just focused on the positives and counted their blessings, they’d feel so much better!
When that happens, try not to take their moodiness personally, she suggests.