To do this, be sure to engage in positive self-talk, Friedman says. Be consistent with therapy; surround yourself with a support system of friends and family; and be around upbeat, positive people.
"Don't push yourself to date if the timing doesn't feel right," she says. You might need to lick your own wounds first." Don't tell on the first date You don't owe it to the person to discuss your depression on a first date, Friedman says.
These 10 simple tips can help make dating a bit easier. With greater awareness about depression, the stigma of mental illness has diminished somewhat.
Consider professional help If you're depressed, dating can magnify some of your challenges, such as fatigue, irritability, low self-esteem and reduced libido. Therapy and/or medication use is common and often very successful.
About 18 million Americans suffer from depression and another 20 million worldwide use dating websites each month, according to Online Dating Magazine.
Chances are, there are people who will be in both groups.
But dating can be a challenge when you suffer from depression.
"Sometimes if you don't feel like smiling but are in a situation where you're expected to be happy, that can make you feel even worse," says Helen Friedman, Ph D, a clinical psychologist in private practice in St. That said, meeting a new person can also be a source of joy.
"Something may come up in a conversation where it would feel like a natural time or that it would be dishonest not to.
If things become more serious, however, you should tell your potential partner.
Friedman says a good time might be when you decide to see each other exclusively or when you just feel that you care more deeply about each other.
More than 80 percent of people who seek treatment get relief from symptoms, according to Mental Health America.
Time it right You need to take good care of yourself before you can take care of someone else in a relationship.You might choose that time to share that you have depression." How to talk about it When you feel the time is right, Friedman suggests a three-part "script." First, tell your partner that she is important to you, enough so that you have something about yourself to share with her.