But dating can be a challenge when you suffer from depression.
“Sometimes if you don’t feel like smiling but are in a situation where you’re expected to be happy, that can make you feel even worse,” says Helen Friedman, Ph D, a clinical psychologist in private practice in St. That said, meeting a new person can also be a source of joy.
We can offer you advice and support on depression, too.
Depression Alliance has set up Friends in Need as a way for people affected by depression, or supporting someone with depression, to talk online and meet up with groups in their local area.
We provide advice and support to anyone with a mental health problem.
We're continuing to run Friends in Need and to support Depression Alliance's self-help groups.
And if you are on medication, take it religiously; be consistent with therapy; surround yourself with a support system of friends and family; and be around upbeat, positive people.“Don’t push yourself to date if the timing doesn’t feel right,” she says. You might need to lick your own wounds first.” You don’t owe it to the person to discuss your depression on a first date, Friedman says.
These 10 simple tips can help make dating a bit easier.These 10 simple tips can help make dating a bit easier. With greater awareness about depression, the stigma of mental illness has diminished somewhat.