Relationships all have their ups and downs, requiring communication and effort to flourish. When one partner is suffering from depression, the relationship may need extra consideration to survive.
If you are in a relationship with someone who has depression, it can be hard to know how to help. Below we look at some ways you can provide support.
Create a safe, healing environment
When someone has depression, it helps if they have a safe space to communicate within the relationship. Allow your partner to verbalise anything and everything they are thinking/feeling and try to distance yourself from the need to react. Keep the bigger picture in mind – communicating emotions can be especially difficult when dealing with depression, so your partner needs to feel able to do so without fear of judgement.
Use soothing language
Communicating with someone when they have depression can be difficult. Your partner may feel...