Any single person will tell you that dating can be difficult. Dealing with depression while you're trying to meet your perfect match can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to.
Almost 1 in 10 people suffer from some form of mental or emotional setbacks at any given time, but dating can continue while you are managing depression. If you are talking with a counselor and actively treating your depression, there's no reason you can't meet new people and start a relationship. In fact the friendships and dating relationships that might emerge could help alleviate some of the symptoms of sadness.
Here are a few tips to help you navigate the dating world with depression.
- Time your conversation about unhappiness strategically. You certainly don't need to hide the fact that you struggle with low spirits at times, but it also isn't something you want to reveal before you have had time to establish a connection. When emotional setbacks do come up, talk about the ways you are actively managing your feelings.
- Include your partner in your coping strategies. Let the person you are dating know that things like diet, exercise and adequate sleep help you cope with bouts of melancholy and invite them to join and/or support you in these endeavors.
- Remember you're not alone. There are even dating websites just for people who struggle with mental illness, so if you would like to date someone who can empathize with your journey, online dating may be the way to go.
According to the Health.com article "10 Tips for Dating With Depression" it helps to remember that anyone you might date has their own issues,
"One thing to remember about dating is that all people have some kind of baggage they bring along for the ride. So don’t be too hard on yourself, says Los Angeles–based therapist Nancy Irwin, PsyD."
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