How to truly love a woman with depression – It’s not easy. Watching someone you love experiencing pain is one of the hardest things in the world, particularly when you can’t do anything about it. I’ve witnessed couples go through this with terminal diseases before and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. In my own relationship, I’ve lived through a much less severe version of that experience, but that doesn’t mean that the pain hurts any less.
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I love a woman who suffers from depression.
Many of us do. Depression is an achingly common disorder, an insidious little brain-worm that alters how we think, feel, and react to the world around us.
Like most people, I’ve dealt with my own small bouts of depression in the past, but my opinion of it completely changed once I started my relationship with my girlfriend. She’s beautiful, vibrant. She’s the funniest person I’ve ever met, but she has also been diagnosed with clinical depression.
At first, I thought I could relate. My attitude was “I’ve had the blues myself before,” but very quickly, I realized that my tiny sad moments were NOTHING compared to the level of depression that my girlfriend fights to deal with every single day.
Because depression is like a persistent terminal disease in a way. It’s always there, always looming, even if you’re smart about it. And my girlfriend works her ass off to stay healthy.
She’s seen a psychiatrist since she was 17. She’s on medication to help with her moods. She’s hyper-sensitive about her mental state — if she feels herself lapsing into a funk, she becomes pro-active, surrounding herself with friends and family or making sure to schedule a doctor’s appointment ASAP.
She fights like a warrior against her personal demons, which is downright inspiring to watch, but the sad reality is — she doesn’t always win.
And, as someone who loves her, it’s hard to see that.