Freaking out that you aren’t getting enough attention, or that your partner is taking his or her responsibilities too seriously will only frustrate the both of you and lead to resentment.
I’ve always been open about my first and longest relationship, when I dated someone who was dealing with severe depression.
When it came to my ex-boyfriend, I made a decision that some people don’t understand or that some people believe is wrong – I decided to put myself first; to end things and focus on me, and to not have him in my life anymore (his depression wasn’t the only factor here, by the way). A lot of people feel that their partner, depressed or not, is the person for them, and they want to make it work. Depression can be crippling, but depressed people need loved ones by their side.
Just because someone is depressed doesn’t mean they can’t be in a relationship.
It can make you feel completely alone, and it can really change who you are.
In between up and down moods, a person might have normal moods for more than a month -- or may cycle continuously from hypomanic to depressed, with no normal period in between.
Compared with more serious mood disorders, the mood symptoms of cyclothymia are mild.
It’s something that can’t be controlled and it can be very overwhelming for both parties.
As someone who has been dealing with an anxiety disorder for most of my life, I can understand the baggage that my boyfriends are taking on as a result.