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Living alone with depression ?

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Alittle it about us, David and i have been together since his first year of medical school. 4 Years later, he is now in the second half of his intern year of emergency medicine. In the recent months hes been getting increasingly depressed. Ive tried to offer him support, or just give him space. Now hes at the point where he says he wants to leave me bc he wants to live in isolation and he doesnt want to make my life worse by being there. He says he cant enjoy anything anymore, and he feels empty inside. I am also very aware of the resident suicide epidemic and i am very very worried about him

He has agreed to one couples therapy session and my therapist is aware of his mental state. Other than that he refuses to get help or try medication.

I am genuinely worried. He still opens says he loves me and i dont doubt that. If i thought space would be best for him, i would let go, but i truly believe despression is a beast and living alone would be feeding it.

Please help us.

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replied March 17th, 2018
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Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

I am really sorry to hear about David. As you already realize, he needs professional help. Whenever he is in a state of mind to listen, please encourage him to see a therapist. Also, please reach out to as many people as you can within his circle ho you think he trusts and respects. Talk to them. They may be able to help in getting him to see a therapist regularly. Also, being aware of his condition, they may stay around him.

The root cause of his feelings/depression needs to be found and addressed. Please see that he is not alone (without being pushy) and if his staying with someone else away from you will help him then this should be tried. He may then be more receptive to going to a therapist-maybe a different one from yours.

Please consult your healthcare provider for further guidance. This reply to your query is just for education and counseling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit and treatment by a doctor who can examine you. Hope this helped you in making an informed decision about your health. Take care!

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