Being depressed and having depression are very different. Specifically, the difference between "My boss yelled at me at work today, ugh" and "My brain is an imbalanced chemical cocktail poorly mixed by a bartender-in-training. And when I try to explain that to you, you might get mad at me because it seems like I'm minimizing your feelings. I'm not trying to, though, I swear.
But trying to navigate through the maze of emotions that is dating gets even harder — and can seem impossible — when you're already grappling with a mental illness primarily affecting your emotions: depression.
If you are in a relationship with someone who has depression, these are some tips you can use to help your partner. Learn everything you need to know about depression and its causes, symptoms, and treatments to better support your loved one. While it may be very tempting to think of depression as laziness or weakness on the individual's part, it is a very real biologically based illness, and, just like any other illness, it can be treated. In addition, suicide is a very real risk of depression so it's important to keep your loved one's environment safe remove any alcohol, pills, or guns and to take it seriously if your loved one is feeling suicidal.
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