When you date a man with depression, it can become a struggle to maintain a relationship with him and protect your own mental health.
The experience is not fundamentally different than dating someone without a mental illness, but there are issues that are more likely to arise.
To do this, be sure to engage in positive self-talk, Friedman says.
And if you are on medication, take it religiously; be consistent with therapy; surround yourself with a support system of friends and family; and be around upbeat, positive people.“Don’t push yourself to date if the timing doesn’t feel right,” she says. You might need to lick your own wounds first.”You don’t owe it to the person to discuss your depression on a first date, Friedman says.
He was already married when diagnosed with John Nash's disease. This was either due to the pills or due to the slow descent into dementia. The handicap is often manageable, but it gets gradually less so over the years. Hell, he could convince me of many things whilst mad, can you imagine what he could amass being mostly healthy?
In the first few years many periods of clarity, sanity if you will, ensued. Until there's nothing left and the person just... My point is: if you date someone with a serious mental illness who claims to be healed, chances are it will creep back someday.
Also realize you are not guaranteed to encounter these issues when you date someone with depression. Whether you ask or deduce it after months of dating, there will be a point when your partner discloses they deal with depression.
See it as the beginning of a discussion you can resurface occasionally.
He Might Interpret Neutral Things In a Negative Way Depression often works like a game of telephone where no one wins. The person with depression would love to receive this kindness as it is, but their depression has set up a series of negative filters.
More than 80% of people who seek treatment get relief from symptoms, according to Mental Health America.
You need to take good care of yourself before you can take care of someone else in a relationship.