By Seth Meyers, Psy.D.
No matter how psychologically healthy – heck, perfect – you want to believe you are, there’s a little part of you that wants to be your partner’s hero in a relationship. When he falls into a slump, you want to believe that you have the magic to pull him out of it and make him happy. Yet anyone who has been in a relationship with someone who’s depressed knows how no hero exists who’s more powerful than depression. This mental disorder can seep into any relationship and smear sadness and hopelessness everywhere. I’m here to tell you what to do if this kind of juggernaut strikes your relationship.
The Signs of Depression and Common Reactions
First, let’s cover the signs. If your date or your partner is depressed, you’ll see: sad mood; a negative or hopeless outlook for the future; eating too much or too little; crying out of the blue; loss of or low energy; sleeping too much or too little; indecisiveness; and social isolation or withdrawal. For a bad depression phase, the average episode often lasts six to eight months. Continue Reading