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I’ve never seen this issue addressed in a way that’s been helpful to me. I had trouble with anxiety in my early 20’s and depression in my late 20’s, so I know what it’s like to attempt to function with that black cloud hanging over your head at all times.
The only response I’ve ever gotten was the clichéd “You need to be healthy to start a relationship. My issue was largely situational – subconscious freak-outs about graduating college in 1994 and the shattered dreams of failing to become a Hollywood screenwriter in 2001.
Chances are you have dated, will date, or are dating somebody suffering from depression — or perhaps you are familiar with depression yourself.
According to a 2014 study by the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 15 Americans have had at least one major depressive episode in a 12-month period.
Depression, like other life challenges, may interfere with your relationship, but it doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker.
What’s most important is a thorough understanding of depression (yes, that means do your homework!
I don't think it shows that they're shallow It possibly shows that they're not willing to date someone who's depressed. There's not a chance in this or any other reality, that I'd even consider it and I can see why many other people would not be keen on the idea of doing so themselves. it makes me protect myself from feeling negativity from a partner which could in turn bring me down and put me in a depressive state.Suppose you had treatment-resistant depression (or any chronic mental illness), assuming that you had been going the medication-and-therapy route for years to no avail, and that you were doing all you could to help yourself in your condition, but that you were just not able to function on the same level as a healthy person (i.e., too unstable to keep a job, on social assistance, disability status, etc.).Assume also that you had had this condition your entire adult life and did not expect to get better any time soon–unless there was a significant breakthrough in the field of antidepressants or therapy techniques. How would you find a partner who would accept that you were not healthy and could not have a job or “contribute” to society, but could still love you for you?A boy I met in grad school lasted a year, but we were too hot-tempered to coexist in the same air.A couple of unhappy years with someone back home who loved me when I did not love him.So you know what to look out for, listed below are the primary symptoms exhibited by someone suffering from depression: Even if an individual doesn’t have persistent or chronic symptoms that meet the criteria for a formal diagnosis, ignoring the signs of depression could lead to a more serious problem.Depression can come from life transitions and adjustments, loss, stress, perfectionist tendencies, relationship challenges, seasonal changes, and difficult life experiences.I was wondering if when the time is right, or the situation arises, would a potential girlfriend be put off by me admitting to this.Surely if they did, it just shows how shallow they are as a person.You may wonder why I am not asking a therapist about this…This is because every therapist I’ve ever seen does not take my desire to date or find a partner seriously.Every time I raise this issue in the therapist’s office, it gets dismissed. I’m really interested in getting your opinion on this whole complex issue. And not in some sort of vague, quasi-sympathetic way either.If there’s one thing I know about depression, though, it’s that it’s devoid of logic, and you can feel your lowest and your highest all at once.) My dating history is checkered, to say the least.It's mostly a trail of intense but short-lived relationships, with a few regrettable one-night stands sprinkled here and there.Remember that we are the largest free online dating service, so you will never have to pay a dime to meet your soulmate.