Talking to your partner about your depression can be intimidating because you have no control over how another person will respond. Will your partner regard you with disdain, judge you or perhaps end the relationship? No matter how you think your partner will react, if you are experiencing depressive symptoms, you must come clean tell your significant other.
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have a healthy relationship when half of a couple suffers from mental illness. An essential part of mental health is connection, which can improve symptoms. Telling your partner how they can support your treatment can be a major part of your healing.
But how do you address depression with your partner? Try these four tips:
Make sure your partner is ready for a serious discussion. Start by sharing you have something difficult you need to share. Make sure you don’t have this talk when you’re angry or stressed.