Are you supporting a depressed partner? My tips from 18 years of experience
1. Reach out to family and/or friends to feel supported - this also covers support groups - online or face to face. Don't let stigma stop you from reaching out.
2. Relationship boundaries - identify what is acceptable and not. My general platform is that physical abuse is unacceptable as well as regular demeaning/berating comments. Communicate this openly so everyone understands.
4. Knowledge is power - research to understand about depression. The more you know, the better care you can provide.
5. Remember your partner in the good times - this is their true selves, not the darkness.
6. Listen and show receptivity - without judgement or anger. If communicate becomes strained, the timeout can provide clarity. Encourage communication gently and try not to push.
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