She Has Problems With Depression. Do I Give Up?

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Written by: Dr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Known as America's Relationship Expert, Dr. Wendy Walsh is an award-winning television journalist, radio host & podcaster, and the author of three books on relationships and thousands of print and digital articles. More than 1.5 million people follow her sage advice on social media. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and teaches in the Psychology Department at California State University Channel Islands and has been the host of "The Dr. Wendy Walsh Show" on iHeart Radio's KFI AM 640 since 2015. Walsh is also a former Emmy-nominated co-host of "The Doctors," as well as former host of the nationally syndicated show "EXTRA." She was named a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2017 after speaking out about harassment at a major news network.

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Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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Reader Question:

I’ve been dating a girl for a while, but she has a lot of problems with depression and hasn’t wanted to see anyone for a while. She says she still wants to see me but that she’s having a hard time at the moment. I’m trying to be patient with her, but I’m starting to find it hard and really don’t know what to do.

I really like this girl and don’t want to give up. I’m pretty sure she is genuinely having hard time and not messing me around.

-Sarah (United Kingdom)

Dr. Wendy Walsh’s Answer:

The biggest question I have for you Sarah is this. Has your girlfriend come out about her sexuality, and if so, is her environment supportive? If so, then this is how she may deal with her depression. But it’s not the best way.

Reaching out for help from those around us is a better way to alleviate depression. If I were you, I’d offer your unconditional, nonjudgmental ear, but at the same time, gently tell her you have needs in this friendship, too. Ask her what she can do to nurture the relationship so you both can feel better.


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