hi i am new to this site but am so relieved to find somewhere that i can talk about everything. I feel i should not talk to my friends or family because it would be betraying my boyfriend.
my boyfriend of 4 years, who i love with all of my heart and soul, has depression and has done ever since i've known him, it ranges from him feeling low to feeling suicidal. Some days he appears to be coping, others he talks of ending it all and gets very angry and distressed. It breaks my heart to think of him leaving me like this. But i try to stay strong for him and will always be there for him, even though he sometimes tries to shut me out.
He is going through a particularly low time at the moment but is refusing any treatment. Believe me, i have tried on many occasions to try and get him to see someone/try antidepressants but he totally refuses. So we just manage, me and him. When we are not together (we don't live together) we are always texting each other. Which worries me because i have to go back to work in a new environment soon and it is a place where i cannot have my phone on me, for long periods at a time. What if he needs me? What if i'm not there for him and something happens? I don't think i can explain it to my employer. I cannot tell my boyfriend my concerns though because he will tell me i am silly for worrying and he will feel guilty, like he is "holding me back."
Anyway, i don't really know what i am asking for in this post, i think i just need somewhere to vent. And if anyone has any advice as to how i can help him through all of this then it would be much appreciated. I have a certain degree of understanding of depression, partly from my job and partly because i suffered from it (but this was much milder and many years ago so it's hard to remember what it feels like). However, i have descovered that it is all so different when it happens to someone you love! It is so hard to know how to deal with certain situations. For example when he talks of killing himself i tend to panic and freak out, which i'm sure you can understand why, but it is not very helpful! And i never know if he means that he is really planning to right away, or that he is thinking of it or wants to but perhaps wont go through with it.
It is all so confusing! I am sorry for such a long post.