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My Partner Suffers From Depression – H&S Love Affair

My Partner Suffers From Depression, What Can I Do?

Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by low mood or persistent sadness, that can interfere with daily activities, disturb one’s sleep and appetite. It is estimated, that 5% of adults, suffer from this disorder, globally, making it a leading cause of disability. So, if you are in a relationship with a partner who is suffering from depression, just know that you are not alone.

Depression, can be very challenging not just for the person suffering from depression, but also for their partner as the person suffering with depression, may withdraw emotionally and struggle to connect with their partner which can, in turn, take a toll on the relationship.

Having said that, it is still possible to have a healthy relationship with someone who is struggling with depression. With love, patience, open & honest communication, understanding along with the right support, both you and your partner can navigate through this together.

As a partner, you need to understand that even though depression can be devastating, it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. It is treatable, and with proper treatment, your partner can recover and regain their ability to enjoy life again, as well as, reconnect with their family and friends.

It’s also important to understand that it is no one’s fault, and especially not your partner who is struggling. You need to be kind, patient and mostly a supportive partner. If your partner doesn’t want to, for instance, socialize, then don’t be pushy, instead be supportive. Have honest and open communication with your depressed partner. Be present, and ask them how they’re feeling and how you can help them. If you know that professional help must be sought, then encourage them to seek help and be willing to go with them to their therapy sessions.

Above all, don’t neglect YOU, it’s important that whilst you are caring for your depressed partner, you too are practising self-care, as it can be emotionally and physically stressful. Keep your mental health in check and do what is needed, be it talking to close friends or a therapist, getting some relaxation, or workout, to ensure your mental health is intact.