Lyndsey, none of your questions are in anyway bothersome or ignorant. So don't worry about asking anything at all...we are always happy to help.
Depression it really depends upon what type he has if indeed it is depression is the cause. There is Situational Depression caused by temporary stressors in life and with short term medication therapy most are able to recover. Then there is Major Depression which is a long term usually a life time illness. You also have what is called Bipolar Depression which is a bit more complicated but the person has drastic mood swings between extreme highs and lows.
I have major depression and have had it for as long as I can remember I'm 32 yrs old. Mine I believe is centered around trauma from childhood. But with the proper medication depression is treatable and manageable.
As for your boyfriend and his anger I read your other post regarding his childhood. Perhaps, he honestly doesn't understand that the way he talks to you is abusive. And considering the way he was brought up it seems that he would carry alot of anger and hurt around with him. I can understand that and my heart goes out to you both. I would maybe suggest picking a time when he isnt angry or upset and sitting him down and talking to him about this and the way the outbursts makes you feel. He needs to be aware of his actions and that this behavior is not acceptable to you. Also, regardless of his past I wouldn't recommend staying in a relationship that becomes abusive. No matter how much you may want to help him. Here is a really good website on depression if you want to take a look at it....
Post Edited (els) : 5/6/2006 1:20:26 PM (GMT-6)