So of course, I leapt into things with the mentality of, “Oh he gets it.
While it may seem daunting at first, taking the time to understand how depression affects the person you’re dating and the relationship can help you set the stage for a compassionate, healthy, and meaningful connection.
Everyone feels sad from time to time, but depression is different than normal mood fluctuations.
It’s imperative to recognize that depression is complicated and real, stay flexible, acknowledge that depression is not about you, and remember that not everything is about depression.
Although you can’t fix your partner’s depression, you can accept their feelings as they navigate their illness and your relationship, including the effect it can have on your sex life.
While you can’t just snap your fingers and “fix” your depression, I realized I was not giving myself the care I deserved.