• always always
    November 11, 2012
    Does depression go away for good? Or is it something that will come back, again and again?
    always always
    November 11, 2012
    I've known my partner for over 7 years, we were once together when we were young. But separated due to his depression, i was too young and stupid to understand then, but now I'm in my early 20s I've come to accept what my partner goes through. We have recently got back together after a long time, we have always loved each other and it's only getting stronger. But sometimes my partners depression kicks back in when something bad happens, usually having to do with his family or about him growing up. And he usually needs space when this happens, its hard for me to stay away because he is my best friend, but i try my best. I'm struggling with some issues in my lfe right now too, and it seems to affect him, when he sees me emotionally and metally weak, it makes him weak too and adds on his depression, he needs me to be strong but sometimes i need help too. He's trying his best, before when we were younger he would usually disappear and we wouldnt talk for awhile, now he still contacts me everyday but we dont talk much when his depressed. I know his trying, and he clearly has improved since i met him, he was depressed when i first met him, i just want to know, is this depression for life? Will i always have to expect him just drifting off sometimes? Sometimes i get tired of being the strong one, but i love him and want to spend the rest of my life with him. He also has this problem ive noticed, he doesnt seem to like completing things, he gets over things easily, he gives up half way, i know its from his lack of self confidence but, his more than capable, i just want to get through to him, its frustrating, because he really is my rock, he always builds me up, and i want to do the same for him.. READ MORE

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  • Jerry Kennard
    Health Pro
    November 11, 2012
    Jerry Kennard
    Health Pro
    November 11, 2012

    Hi 'always'

     

    Many partnerships are based around opposites even though at the outset of a relationship it is common ground that we focus on. One person has certain strengths where the other does not and so it goes. One problem, and it's one you may have identified, is when both people in a relationship reach a low ebb. In your case it appears you carry something of a burden as your partner seems to appear highly reactive to the moods of those around him. As crises occur he is affected negatively and as you feel depleted so does he.

     

    The low moods he experiences as a result of setbacks appear directly related to his perception of events and his role in relation to these. As such, I would suggest you come very close to the issue by mentioning his lack of confidence, and I might also suggest there are issues of self-esteem and self-worth too.

     

    The problem with these issues is that they can become quite circular and a person who experiences them quite frequently leans on another for support, guidance, reassurance and positive strokes. In other words their emotional maturity isn't all it might be and this can result in high levels of dependency.

     

    Ultimately your question is about depression but my feeling is that other things need to change a little for these low moods to subside. Problems are there to be solved - not always viewed as insurmountable hurdles. I may be doing your partner a disservice by saying this and I'm sure he has many admirable qualities, however in such a short space I'm really just cutting to the chase.

     

    Sometimes the process of change starts with sewing a few seeds. Hopefully if your partner is self-reflective, has some measure of insight and trusts you, he may be able to initiate a dialog with you over (a) why he reacts in the way he does and (b) thinking of new ways to respond in more adaptive ways. It's not always easy and this is why people turn to therapists for assessment and advice - which of course is another option to consider perhaps?

     

    Depression comes in many different forms and its causes and effects also vary. I wouldn't like to speculate about the future your boyfriend has, but I'm guessing he is relatively young and his low moods are connected with specifics? This is grounds for optimism but he really needs to break out of the cycle he's caught in before it becomes embedded.

     

    Hope this helps a little?

     

    Jerry

    • always
      November 11, 2012
      always
      November 11, 2012
      Thank you for replying! I believe it's true that he has emotional immaturity, because he does start to close off when emotions become intense. I think it is a good idea if we talk about why he reacts the way he does and if there can be another way he can deal and face emotions without closing down. He has this domino effect when something bad happens. I know his trying, when he his ready I'll try to slowly ask the questions you have posed. Thank you again READ MORE
    • always
      November 11, 2012
      always
      November 11, 2012
      Thank you for replying! I believe it's true that he has emotional immaturity, because he does start to close off when emotions become intense. I think it is a good idea if we talk about why he reacts the way he does and if there can be another way he can deal and face emotions without closing down. He has this domino effect when something bad happens. I know his trying, when he his ready I'll try to slowly ask the questions you have posed. Thank you again READ MORE
  • Judy
    Health Guide
    November 12, 2012
    Judy
    Health Guide
    November 12, 2012

    Hi, there.  What Jerry says is true and I want to ask if your partner is getting any help at all with this.  The chances of getting through this are much higher if he is.  He might need medication, but working with a therapist can help get to the root of the depression or at least the ways in which he deals with it.  No, you don't have to always be the strong one.

     

    I'd like to suggest the blog, Storied Mind, written by a guy who has lived with depression most of his life and has learned successful ways to manage it.  There are all kinds of posts about depression and relationships, in particular, that you might find helpful, as well as comments made by subscribers.  Your partner may also find it helpful.

     

    Hang in there, take care of yourself and I hope things work out the way you want them to.


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