If you make me feel like a complete self-indulgent drag that's barely worth putting up with, my first move once I'm feeling up to it will be to dump your ass and find someone who knows I'm more than worthwhile.
No matter how psychologically healthy – heck, perfect – you want to believe you are, there’s a little part of you that wants to be your partner’s hero in a relationship.
If you’re depressed, dating can magnify some of your challenges, such as fatigue, irritability, low self-esteem, and reduced libido. Therapy and/or medication use is common and often very successful.
More than 80% of people who seek treatment get relief from symptoms, according to Mental Health America.
You need to take good care of yourself before you can take care of someone else in a relationship.
To do this, be sure to engage in positive self-talk, Friedman says.
Yet anyone who has been in a relationship with someone who’s depressed knows how no hero exists who’s more powerful than depression.
Chances are, there are people who will be in both groups.
But dating can be a challenge when you suffer from depression.
Note: We discuss the following insights in the context of dating men, but they apply equally to women.
Scroll further down to read about behaviors and situations you are more likely to encounter with men only.
If we say there’s no reason or we don’t know, we mean it. We don’t just need to turn on the light) at 2am the next night. It still feels like there’s a lot of stigma around mental illness and we’re scared of being judged. All easier said than done when your brain’s telling you to stay in bed in the dark and never, ever leave your room.