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I have struggled with depression for several years and was diagnosed with major depressive disorder about 3 years ago. I've been married for 17 years and we have 5 children. My wife and my family is a huge part of who I am but I feel like I am losing my relationship with my wife, mostly because of my depression and what feels like her inability or lack of desire to try to understand and help when I need it. How can I help her see that I can't just make up my mind that I'm going to be happy or make myself better and that I NEED her compassion and help to start to get better? I have had better times with my depression but I've also been hospitalized because I've had some pretty bad times with it. I can feel myself slipping again and am struggling with suicidal thought processes and self harming again and I can't talk to the one person that I desperately need to be able to talk to. Any suggestions? Is there something I can ask her to read that may help?
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