If anyone is asking themselves this question, I can understand your concerns about being with someone who suffers from depression.
It can be challenging being with someone who suffers from depression. You have to witness someone you care about struggle and there may not be much you can do to change it. This brings about feelings of helplessness.
Also, sometimes people may feel their partner being depressed causes them to be more depressed. It’s like it rubs off on them.
Some people take it personally and feel unloved or undesirable because their depressed partner is just not that animated.
However, my main questions would be “do you at least feel that your partner is making attempts to manage or overcome the depression”. And, is this person open to communicating about ways to navigate the relationship while struggling with depression?
People come with all sorts of problems. Depression is challenging, but it could easily be something else.
When you are getting to know someone or when you are in a relationship, there has be some level of acceptance, empathy, and understanding of that person and their issues.
Remember, you never know what someone else is willing to walk away from when dealing with you.
Deciding to continue dating someone or to be long-term partners with them, you have to accept that depression is something that they struggle with and you will do your best to support them.
Nevertheless, I understand that in some cases some people with depression refuse to try and manage their symptoms. They may try to deal with in some self-destructive ways. It’s understandable that a person can only put up with negative behaviors for so long.
You do have to set your boundaries and encourage communication. Let that person know what you expect from them and what you are willing to tolerate in the relationship.
For instance, people who are depressed have the tendency to push people away due to being socially withdrawn. Come to some sort of compromise. Talk about what it means for them to socially withdraw, how much time they need, and what you are expected to do at that time. Get some clarity about how to navigate the relationship without causes further issues and unhappiness.
But as long as a person with depression is working towards better mental health, and display healthy relationship skills, why should they not have the opportunity to love?
Do you have any tips for having managing a healthy relationship with someone who suffers from depression? Comment Below! It might be useful to someone else. Happy Dating!