I have suffered w/ depression & have had to care for loved one w/ depression. If I were in your position, I would seek support in form of counseling for yourself if possible and/or look for a group even if your husband's medication works. Isolation and feelings of loneliness are understandable, but obviously not healthy. Depression still not easy to talk about for many, but find people who understand and who you can turn to when friends and family don't feel they can listen, or help, or understand anymore. I'm new here, but having read quite a few postings, I feel this is a very good & safe place to bring your concerns.View Thread
Hi ari119-I have had depressive episodes in my life for many years. I have found that excessive worry and anxiety triggers depression for me. if it lasts a long time. My significant other has had serious bouts of depression since he was a teenager. It is trying for both of us when we are both going through rough times due one or more situations that we cannot control. Your husband may be depressed, but if he doesn't believe in seeking help, he is placing much stress on you. Maybe you could try to explain to him that you are trying to help him, and that you really want to, but feel you aren't capable of helping to the point that you feel his mood will change. Stress that you or no one else can help him if he doesn't want to be helped, and that by making that choice he is not only robbing himself of precious more enjoyable times, but he is robbing you of them also. Maybe you could tell him that you want to continue your recovery, and ask for his understanding. If you have been off medications for 3 years and this is first time you feel you are regressing, I would hope that you can continue to med free. For me, that's a goal I currently have, but due to too many "things on my plate", I haven't been able to fully meet this goal yet. I don't know all I'd like to about cognitive behavioral therapy, but all I've read states it is often as good at fighting some types of depression as is medication. I have found that unless one has had experience w/ depression oneself it is difficult to understand. So talking to those who understand is a relief at times. This is my first time on this site, and I'm hoping I'll get some support here as well. I'd be happy to serve as a listening ear. Hope this helps you some.View Thread
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