5 Dating Someone with Depression Relationship Tips

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Are you dating someone with depression? This may seem challenging, but it certainly doesn’t need to be. Here are five relationship tips that may lend a helping hand.

Depression is common, but it’s also a serious mental illness that doesn’t go away by just flicking a switch. Nobody can just snap out of depression. It just doesn’t work that way. People who have depression also makes it harder for them to start dating or to even try being in a relationship.

While it would be difficult for them, it would also be difficult for others who don’t know much about the condition. The usual dating and relationship tips won’t exactly apply to people with depression. They would need a tremendous amount of patience, preparation, and love.

If you’re dating or in a relationship with someone who has clinical depression, here are a few tips that you can try to assist your loved one or if you yourself have depression here are some tips on how your loved ones may be feeling while they are around you.

If you make the decision to be in a relationship with someone who is suffering from depression, be reminded that they are in dire need of feeling wanted and being enough for you. It could become habitual for you to stay on your phone during the entire day of hanging out with your sweetheart.

You might even force yourself to put the darn thing away. Dating and relationship tips say though that your darling will most definitely appreciate your extra efforts.

Have Dating Patience

If you’re struggling with depression, please remind yourself that all of your feelings are completely valid. You are not a broken human just because you are drowning in numbness or every feeling available. If your loved one is depressed, your feelings are valid as well.

Dating and relationship tips suggest that you should remind yourself that they are not choosing to not be their happy-go-lucky selves. They probably even miss their old self more than you could imagine. It’s an extremely uncomfortable feeling of being outside of yourself.

You Can Do This

Some people have on and off battles with their own souls for the rest of their lives. Meaning, there are breaks, and in these relieving breaks you should attempt to find what triggers yourself or your significant other to go back into depression.

Sometimes there’s none, but sometimes it’s possible to find a cause. So, search, discover, and stay away from those triggers at all costs. Dating and relationship tips state that there will always be a small patch of light that can help you get out of that personal darkness inside.

You Don’t Have To

Don’t pressure yourself to always smile, pretend, talk, or laugh. If your loved one truly cares for you, he/she will learn to understand that sometimes faking a smile for their benefit only makes you hurt more. Dating and relationship tips recommend that you should just be yourself.

 

You Can Date Someone with Depression

Talk, be sad, cry, scream, vent, and be brave to show your dark side with someone trustworthy. Sometimes just letting it all out unapologetically will give you a breath of fresh air. Dating and relationship tips say that your loved one might even be more proud of you for letting it all out. And he/she will definitely appreciate your lighter side after it.

Final Tips and Thoughts

Depression has always been a huge problem for everyone, especially for women. But the beauty of having it is that even if it’s something too serious it can be treated. With patience and hard work in following your doctor’s tips, it’s possible for everyone suffering from depression to get better and enjoy life once again.

You can start dating again and even try being in a serious relationship. On the other side of the spectrum, plenty of people suffering from depression feel an urge to leave this earth because of that guilt of being a burden to their loved ones. Let us keep this from being a reality.

Dating and relationship tips recommend that everyone should pay attention now and start caring. Let’s help them realize that they are not a burden. This is a real and serious matter. Let’s treat it as such.

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Am I Depressed? Depression in Women Explained

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Depression has become so common in industrialized countries that physicians often refer to it as the common cold of psychiatry. Wondering, “Am I depressed?” has become a common question. And depression in women is more frequent than in men.

The reasons may not be entirely clear, but experts suggest it’s a mixture of biological, psychological, and sociocultural matters. The following are the different explanations of the contributory factors of depression in women.

Am I Depressed? Depression in Women Explained

“Am I Depressed?” Biological Explanations

Women may have a stronger genetic predisposition to developing the mental issue. Women are also more subjected to fluctuating hormone levels. This is particularly evident during childbirth and menopause.

They are more susceptible to asking, “Am I depressed?” Therefore, depression in women is a direction in life that most women may not be able to avoid. Depression has become some sort of rite of passage for women.

Am I Depressed? Depression in Women Explained

Psychological Elucidations for Depression in Women

Am I thinking too much? Am I depressed? Am I not enough? These are the common question that every woman has asked to themselves. Women are naturally more contemplative or meditative than men, and by thinking about things more, depression is more likely to develop.

Depression in women has therefore become a common occurrence. Women tend to think more about what brought about the problems, could it have been averted, what are the things that should be done, etc. Men on the other hand will just react to difficult times with indifference, ire, or substance misuse.

Women are also more invested in relationships than men, so relationship problems will most likely affect women more, which could eventually lead to depression. Women also tend to idealize or romanticize the relationship.

Stories are already created on their minds, so when reality doesn’t match their preconceived notion on things, they get disappointed and feel lonelier to the point of asking themselves am I depressed even if they already know the answer to that question. Depression in women may be common, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious illness that needs to be treated.

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Am I Depressed? Depression in Women Explained

Sociocultural Explications

Women are more stressed out than men. And too much stress could possibly lead to the mental issue. They are expected to go to work, maintain their home, bring up the children, care for older relatives, and put up with all the sexism.

With that much work, depression in women is sure to happen to anyone at some point in their lives. And any woman for that matter has asked herself am I depressed for at least once in her life.

Women also live longer than men and old age is mostly associated with bereavement, loneliness, poor physical health, and precarity. Combine all these conditions and you have the perfect ingredients for developing depression in women.

Women are also more likely to ask themselves am I depressed then, consult a doctor, and to discuss their feelings with their doctor. So, the doctor would also be more likely to make a diagnosis that they have depression.

Upon reading the reasons why this mental health issue is more prevalent among women than in men, were you able to relate to this seemingly unimportant but definitely serious illness? Have you ever asked yourself am I depressed? What do you think should be done to overcome depression in women?

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‘I had a black dog, his name was depression’

10 Simple Ways To Better Manage The ‘Bad Days’ 

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Conquering depression or anxiety is no overnight fix. Often it will take many years. And even then there will still be times in which the pressures of the life cause us to feel a little down in the dumps. It’s so easy to beat ourselves up in situations like these. ‘Why is this happening again?!’ you might ask yourself. But having the odd ‘bad day’ is perfectly okay, we just need to understand how to better manage them.

In my struggles with depression and anxiety over the past decade I’ve learnt a thing or two that I’ve been inspired to share; some coping strategies and tools we can employ when the going gets a bit tough or we simply wake up one day and feel like the world is on top of us:

1. Watch a movie.

It’s okay to feel how you’re feeling. If you’re having a bad day and don’t feel up to leaving the house, that’s cool. Find a good movie to watch and cook up some popcorn! Chill out, it’s all good. There’s always tomorrow for all that ‘serious stuff’ anyway!

2. Have a shower.

Sitting around all day with bed hair smelling terribly doesn’t just sting the nostrils of those around you but is also bound to leave you feeling pretty sh*tty too. Freshen up and brush your hair so at least you can walk past your reflection without having to cringe every time! Self-esteem instant win!

3. Do something you enjoy.

Sometimes in our darkness it’s easy to forget the things we enjoy. Our heads becomes a dark mess in which everything seems pointless. But even something as simple as flicking through your favourite book or magazine can spark some much more positive thoughts. You should see my F1 magazine collection – ideal for times like these!

4. Have a normal conversation with a friend.

By all means talk to a close friend about how you’re feeling, have that conversation, but don’t forget to talk about normal stuff too, things you both enjoy. Have a laugh. Smile. Did someone say footy season?!

5. Sit outside for an hour.

‘Life on the inside’ can become pretty claustrophobic pretty quickly. And while you might not feel up to going out in public and seeing people, often chilling on the patio or in the sun reading a book or watching the clouds roll by can be the perfect remedy. Fresh air and Vitamin D anyone?

6. Listen to your favourite music (and maybe bust out a dance move or two!)

Whether you’re a music nut or not, all of us will have that song or two that get us feeling pretty fired up for life! So if need be, close your bedroom door (and perhaps the curtains!) and rock out. Did someone just drop the bass?! #onemanrave

7. Sleep if you need to.

It’s easy to feel guilty for feeling tired or needing to nap every hour. This guilt though I’ve found to be highly counter-productive! So put your PJs on and get comfy. Just as the body needs rest from physical activity the mind needs rest sometimes too. Sweet dreams!

8. Walk The Dog

If you don’t have a dog, fly the bird, swim the fish or drag the cat somewhere instead. While we might not all be ‘gym people’, simply getting the body moving for half an hour or so is often enough to point our mind back towards greener pastures. (Bonus points for those who comment with photos of them actually taking their bird for a fly…!)

9. Write

This one is a personal favourite though one that I cannot recommend highly enough. It has helped me to pull apart negative thought patterns and reflect on the underlying reasons behind many of the decisions I have made. Unintentionally it has taught me much of what I know about myself! You’ll be amazed at the revelations you stumble across!

10. Be honest with people.

Saving the most important to last is one that I admit to having neglected for far too long. So easy it is to make excuses as to why we can’t do things, to paint a much rosier picture than that of reality and to push people away or ignore them until things are better. But just as we would have no qualms in letting a friend know we’d broken our leg, there is no need to hide our mental struggles from the world either. The time has come for us all to realise this.

Take care team!

PJ.

Originally published on Greatness Via Passion, September 2015.


What are some ways that you manage your bad days? I’d love to keep adding to this list! Share in the comments below 🙂

DIY 39: positive thoughts in a jar 

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Hey pixels!! First day of 2017; did you had fun yesterday? I hope so, my happy pixels. The last day of the year is always special. It’s when we remember how time flies; and when we make a list of  New Year Resolutions.

But, we really complete our resolutions list or we forget it? This is why I’m proposing this DIY, my happy pixels. It’s all about positive thinking and happiness. We, people, tend to remember better all the times when we do something wrong or when we are unhappy. But we tend to forget all the good things that happens to us every day. I  want to change the game with this DIY.

How about this? If the last day of December you could read about all your best moments of the year, and remember all that happy events and thoughts you’ve had, I’m sure you would feel much better. Well, you can do it easily with this DIY. Keep reading, please!!

You’ll need:

How it works:

It can’t be easier, my happy pixels!! Just remember: when something special happens, or after a good day/moment, write it down on one of the cards. Store the card in the box/mason jar.

This way you’ll be keeping all this precious moments. Next first day of January, open the box/mason jar and read all the papers. You’ll be amazed remembering all the beautiful things that happened to you during 2017.

What do you think about this DIY, my happy pixels? Are you going to make it? Please, let me know in the comments below.

Daily To Do List (Free Printable) 

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In order to stay sane and to manage your emotions, you need to plan and record important parts of your day.

You like me may be the one to sometimes forget what you had planned for the day or the calls you had to make, little things you had to do or emotions you felt.

Having a To do list will help you keep your mind clutter free. You will then have more time for yourself and your emotional well-being.

Planning will help you avoid unnecessary stress and worrying.

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All About Clinical Depression

Depression, a mental illness that is often characterised by prolonged periods of sadness and melancholy (sadness with no obvious cause), experts from the field of psychiatry say.

But just because one person is moping around and just generally hating the world around him or her, doesn’t mean that it’s already depression. If this kind of behaviour, the feeling of emptiness, loss of self-worth and absolutely no hope for happiness just goes on and on, then, yes, that individual is indeed, depressed.

 

Still, there are various types of depression, from:

Manic or Bipolar depression – characterised by sudden and extreme changes in one’s mood wherein one minute he or she is in an elevated state of euphoria while the next minute (day or week) he or she is feeling to be in a personal hell.

Postpartum depression – characterised by a prolonged sadness and a feeling of emptiness by a new mother wherein physical stress during child birth, an uncertain sense of responsibility towards the new born baby can be just some of the possible factors why some new mother go through this.

Dysthimia – characterised by a slight similarity with depression, although this time, it’s been proven to be a lot less severe, but of course with any case, should be treated immediately.

Cyclothemia – characterised by a slight similarity with Manic or Bipolar depression wherein the individual suffering from this mental illness may occasionally suffer from severe changes in one’s moods.

Seasonal Affective Disorder – characterised by falling in a rut only during specific seasons (i.e. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall). Studies however, prove that more people actually fall in to a rut more during the Winter and Fall seasons.

Lastly, Mood swings, wherein a person’s mood may shift from happy to sad to angry in just a short time.

 

Clinical depression however, or as some might call as ‘major’ depression, is actually the medical term for depression. Clinical depression is more of a disorder rather than an illness since it basically covers only those who are suffering from symptoms related to depression. Clinical depression is how doctors usually refer to “depression” when giving a diagnose of their patient. It’s basically just a medical term.

In spite of being a disorder, clinical depression can be treated. Doctors are highly optimistic that their patients who are suffering from Clinical disorder will be well on their way towards good mental health as long as they treated as soon as they have been diagnosed with Clinical depression. Patients who have been seeking for treatments for Clinical depression have proven to be quite successful in their quest. 80 percent of Clinical depression patients have been treated and has somewhat found relief from their disorder.

Hopefully this has been informative 🙂