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I have been living with my boyfriend for about 6 months. Things have been good, and I love living with him. However, I have begun to notice a few tendencies that I didn't before. His mother is bi-polar, and his paternal grandmother is on anti-depressents. During the winter months when he isn't working, it seems that he gets a touch of seasonal depression. However, it seems to be getting worse. Not only does he have symptoms of depression, but he often will take out his frustration on me. He is not physically or verbally abusive, but it seems that I just can't seem to please him. If he has been mean or negative, it takes him about 20 minutes to realize how he has hurt me, and he apoligizes. IT is obvious that he feels bad. However, it continously happens. This has only started the past 2 months. I know the symptoms of depression, but was just curious if this negative behavior was part of depression also?

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replied April 22nd, 2008
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Such “negative behavior” could be a symptom of depression. Anxiety symptoms can be present in depression at the beginning but later depression dominates. Bipolar disorder is genetically conditioned so it is possible that your boyfriend inherited it.
Take care of yourself!

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