Dating someone with seasonal depression
Once a diagnosis of a particular mood disorder is made, more detailed information about the person's condition can be provided in the form of "specifiers," which are additional standardized tags that can be appended to the primary diagnosis.
Clinicians' careful application of diagnostic specifiers can help them narrow down which treatments may work best for a given patient.
People with depression often have distorted ideas about how loved and supported they are, so hearing “I can’t deal with you” or variations on that theme from someone they love and trust can mean they generalize that sentiment to Imagine for a moment hearing “you’re too much for me” from every single loved one in your life. It’s not your job to take care of anyone else’s mental health.
A good way to take care of yourself without sending your depressed loved one spiraling is to say things like “I need not to be the only one you talk to about this stuff” or to address specific behaviors that you would like them to stop or change.
Seasonal depressions are often responsive to light therapy, whereas other forms of depression may be less so.
The positives are as inaccessible to us as junk food in a vending machine when you have no quarters.
We are really, truly unable to access positive feelings.
If the negativity is bumming you out, focus on what you want out of interactions.
Ask things like “Did something nice happen to you today?