Until you meet someone who legitimately suffers from depression, you don’t realize how crippling it can be.
No one can understand how much depression can negatively affect your life unless you suffer from it yourself or one of your loved ones does.
I’m not trying to play the victim here or act like I had it harder than he did and still does.
But honestly, having a depressed boyfriend (or even just a friend) is extremely difficult.
A man is more likely to deny his feelings, hide them from himself and others, or try to mask them with other behaviors.
And while men may experience classic symptoms such as depressed mood, loss of interest in work or hobbies, weight and sleep disturbances, fatigue, and concentration problems, they are more likely than women to experience “stealth” depression symptoms such as irritability, substance abuse, and agitation.
There are plenty of things you can start doing today to feel better.
When we feel hopeless or overwhelmed by despair we often deny it or try to cover it up.I never realized how serious depression is until I started dating my ex-boyfriend.He has suffered from depression all his life and learning how to deal with it was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done.The three most commonly overlooked signs of depression in men are: Depression affects millions of men of all ages and backgrounds, as well as those who care about them—spouses, partners, friends, and family.More than just a dip in mood in response to life’s setbacks and disappointments, depression changes how you think, feel, and function in your daily life. Many men find it difficult to talk about their feelings so they tend to focus on the physical symptoms that often accompany depression.Dating someone who is that unhappy has a way of making you feel like you can never be good enough to make them feel better – and when all you want to do is make them feel better, that can be really tough to deal with.I dated my ex for almost five years, so I know just how hard it is to deal with a depressed boyfriend.He says this is the only way he knows how to deal with it and it doesnt have to do with me. When i expressed my anger for taking my time for granted, i stopped hearing from him for over a month! I tried to reach out to him but he would never reply to any messages.I finally decided to call him to ask how he feels and if we are still together and he could no give a 'yes' or 'no' answer- only ' I dont know'.Long story short (ish): My boyfriend of a year and a half told me he has suffered from depression for many years.The reason he aditted it to me was because he would be there one minute then the next not speak to me for days without any warning.It’s a crucial moment in the relationship, so be sensitive and do not judge.Thank him for trusting you with this information he has most likely not shared with many people.But depression is a common problem that affects many of us at some point in our lives.