Depression is tough to deal with at any point of the year, but for people who struggle with depression…sometimes holidays can be the toughest on them.
Did you know that depression affects one in five adults every year? With such a high statistic, this means you’re bound to end up dating someone (or becoming very close with) someone who struggles with the condition. If you thought of someone while reading that, it’s okay. We are just here to tell you that there are ways to go about dating someone with depression that will help you help them, as well as yourself.
Holidays are always tough for people who struggle with mental illness. Whether it’s being around family, or having no one to be around at all, each person has their own ticker and their own reasons to being stressed out.
Here’s what’s up:
Depression affects more than just your mood: just because you are around someone who acts happy, doesn’t mean that they don’t struggle with depression. Depression can affect your energy, eating habits, sleeping habits, and weight. It’s important to know when the signs of an episode are there
Make it clear you’re available: 9 times out of 10 they will never take you up on your offer, but it’s important to at least offer. Don’t just ask to talk. Make yourself available for whatever it is they might want or need.
Know you might have to give it a little extra for a while: Depressive episodes aren’t like a migraine where you go to sleep and you wake up and chances are you feel better. No, they can last hours, days, or even weeks for some people. Give your partner a little break from the day-to-day things you could be doing yourself.
If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, you can always call the Suicide Prevention Hotline and talk to someone at any hour of the day. 1-800-273-8255