I would just like to start out by saying that all of you are so brave and kind to share all of your information and experiences with others on the internet to, at least, try to help them.
I am not someone who is suffering from depression...well, not yet anyways. It is my boyfriend. He is getting more and more sad every day, and it was only today that I had researched depression on the internet and found out the symptoms of depression and he has them all. I don't know how to tell him I think he has it. He's a very strong-willed individual, has lots of pride (as a man does) and I don't know how to tell him that he's, or how he'll interpret it, as at a weak point right now. Maybe I'm taking this too far, and over-thinking it, but I'm still nervous. I don't know how to tell him. How do I tell my boyfriend that I think he's suffering from depression and needs to seek professional help, because I don't know how to explain his feelings?
I feel so helpless sometimes...because I usually have the answer to most of his questions or I finish his sentences...but those times when he asks me, in all seriousness and looks me right in the eye and asks "why do YOU think I feel like this?" and I can't do anything except sit there and say "I don't know..." It hurts so much to see him hurt, when I know what he can be, what he will be, and he can barely see himself clearly in the mirror. Please help.