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is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, Psychology Today blogger, and TV guest expert.He practices in Los Angeles and treats a wide range of issues and disorders and specializes in relationships, parenting, and addiction.
This mental disorder can seep into any relationship and smear sadness and hopelessness everywhere.
Asking yourself if there’s something you’ve done to make her feel that way, or whether she has lost interest in and excitement for you are all very rational, logical approaches – but there is nothing rational about depression.
It simply creeps in and the individual who feels depressed needs to 1) do what they can to try to keep it under control (through exercise, etc.), and 2) wait it out, because the heaviness of the depression phase usually always dissipates sooner or later.
When you find yourself in a relationship with someone you realize might be depressed, one of the most common reactions is to take the depression personally.
If your girlfriend becomes depressed, for example, understand that something is happening in her brain on a chemical level that even she can’t totally control.
Depressed people will take forever to get help or to make major decisions, but that’s simply not okay.