Glosoli Posted August 10, 2010 Report Share Posted August 10, 2010 I sometimes forget what it's really like not to be depressed.Since about age 12, I became progressively more withdrawn, paranoid and pessimistic about everything.Here's my problem.My significant other has absolutely no idea what depression is.All it amounts to, in his way of thinking - "Having a bad day".He really doesn't understand I can't turn my mind off the way he wants me to. I can't stop thinking negatively - I surely would if I could; I don't enjoy this life. At his most supportive, he gives me a hug and says either, "Don't worry so much, everything is fine" or "Get over it already."After suffering a major panic attack at work, and needing to be picked up early, he was angry with me for it. I had said I felt exhausted and nervous, and it only got worse from there - to excessive sweating, labored breathing, and having no control of my hands. Here's what he absorbed from the explanation:"You were tired so you freaked out?"...Which, went put like that, makes me look like a complete idiot.I'm wondering: Is there any material out there which is effective reading for someone like this? I want to give him some literature to absorb, to see that my emotions are real, not fabrications, or being lazy.Somehow explain that it's physical, too - I can't get up and run laps when my arms feel like lead, and my back feels like someone beat me with a sack of oranges.Is there anything out there to help him understand?Or am I stuck talking to an emotionless wall for the rest of my life? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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