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I'd like some advice from runners here who've experienced a similar thing. How do you cope when a spouse/partner has depression? both in terms of supporting them & looking after yourself?
I'm finding life tough at the moment and feel I'm in danger of becoming very low myself. I often run to get a bit of 'me' time, to feel better.....but that only provides temporary relief.
Already tried counselling, read some advice books & asked GP for advice & wondered if anyone could point me in the direction of support groups/forums....ultimately it is my husband who needs help, but he wont seek it & has only just now admitted he has depression.
(I'm certain is is mild-moderate depression, from my previous experience as a researcher in this area - my husband suffers from: constant low mood, negativity/pessimism (always glass half full - often this will be associated with me, e.g. i'll make a cup of tea & he'll point out it isnt hot enough, or is too milky, too strong etc), irritability, dreadful anger outbursts, inpatience (this has got really bad lately & is quite embarrassing....think of airport queues, traffic jams!), insomnia (but difficult to get out of bed in the mornings), lack of enjoyment/enthusiasm for anything)
Thank you for reading this & for any advice, I do appreciate it.