Q. What are the ways to overcome clinical depression and mood swings?

Answered by
Dr. Vandana Patidar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 21, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am a 20-year-old male and have a girlfriend. We have been dating for almost three months now. She is suffering from clinical depression. She affects me a lot. A slight change in her mood, noticed by me, puts me in a very bad mood, and I cannot do anything for a long time. I care a lot about her. She loves me. But at times, I feel that she does not care for me. She is 19 years old and tells me that she loves me a lot, that I am perfect, and that she made the best decision by dating me. I accompanied her to a doctor recently, even though our exams are barely ten days from now, and I have tons to study. I could not study the entire day. She did not show a bit of gratitude. She did tell me that it was an amazing date. Later that day, she had chocolate, and I asked her to get me one from the shop right before us. She straight away told me, "no, go get your own." I asked her twice, yet I got the same response. Her response hurt me; I texted her later, again getting the same response. I wish she could understand. I do not want to irritate or do anything that affects her. But I need to know a way that does not make me so vulnerable and affected by everything that happens with her.



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You are in a difficult situation, which happens with the caregivers of depression. This is called burnout. People try to understand others who are undergoing depression, but at the same time, their emotions get hurt in this situation; you need to decrease your expectations from her. Tell yourself that she may not be predictable often and would not behave the way you want her. There is a chance that your girlfriend may be suffering from some personality issues along with depression. If you want, we can discuss her symptoms in detail so that a probable diagnosis can be made from my side. This would help in further guidance. Hope I have cleared all your doubts.

Thank you.

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