Dating a clinically depressed man
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Knowing that he will never have a meaningful relationship, with you or anyone else, until he chooses for himself the help you want so badly to make him want.With that in mind, I thought I’d write about what it’s like to date someone with depression: to talk about the highs and lows, the beginning and the end.Thomas (not his real name) and I met five years ago, when I was a high school sophomore and he was a freshman.When I found out that Thomas was in danger of failing the semester, I brought down an ultimatum: see a therapist, or we couldn’t be together. “Has your new therapist told you what to do when you panic? I skipped my meetings.”And then he said we were done, and that was it.* * *Dating someone with depression means watching him slip farther and farther away while feeling powerless to stop it.Hunching over a cup of cold tea, waiting for him to call and tell you he’s OK, and knowing that he’s not capable of that kind of communication.