Thank you for information. My boyfriend is 50 and I am 43. I have never dealt with clinical depression, yet he has had episodic clinical depression since young adulthood. Both of us went through tough divorces in the last year. He is under the care of a psychiatrist and does take an anit-depressant. Over the past six months on two different weeks, he will suddenly go into his apt. and not come out except for work and needed excursions to the drugstore, grocery store, et. al. He does call me, but as he told me tonight in reply to what I could do for him-he stated for me to leave him alone until he find something to live for. I try to get close to him during these times, and I feel like I end up trying to smother him and he resents it. What else can I do?