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I’m feeling frustrated as my boyfriend has depression but he keeps pushing me away and rarely replies to my messages.

Question : My boyfriend has been depressed for nearly 6 months. Initially I supported him as much as possible, trying to counsel him, be by his side. But I feel he’s pushing me away. He’s stopped calling me and rarely replies to my messages too – and he keeps bunking college! I don’t want to leave him, but at the same time he doesn’t seem interested in me anymore. I’m stuck and kind of frustrated but also feel guilty because he’s obviously not feeling so great. I need help because my friends don’t really understand what the big deal is ? Teentalker , 17-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

I can hear your frustration! I’m really glad you’ve spoken up about this because being the partner of a depressed person can be emotionally exhausting. And at the same time you feel guilty because you want to help but so far everything you’ve been trying isn’t working. Here are a few active steps you could take to help yourself:

  • Being associated with someone who is depressed can get “compassion fatigue”. Allocate a specific number of hours in the day to him and keep the rest for yourself.
  • Help frie.....

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