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partners of those who suffer from a psychiatric disorder
My intro 
14th-Jun-2007 04:57 pm
Hi everyone, I just joined this community and read the most recent posts. Like some others of you, I met my boyfriend online. We've only met in person once. We spent 2½ weeks together in February, and right afterwards he was hit with a depressive episode which he is still in. (He has suffered from depression his whole life.)

He is very withdrawn right now and it's particularly hard in an LDR since it means we have no contact. He isn't reading my email or answering the phone. I even sent letters in the mail but he didn't open them. (I found this out because he did pick up the phone and talk to me once, but most of the time he doesn't answer.) So I am having a very hard time, missing him and worried about him, and unsure where to go from here.

We are in a poly relationship. I live with my husband who I've been married to for 20 years. I also have a daughter who has bipolar disorder. She's 18 and has moved away to another state. I didn't join this community to talk about her, so I'll stop there, but I may use my experiences with her to answer other posts occasionally. And I have 3 cats, who are not depressed as far as I know.

I also want to let you guys know about another support forum I found, Depression Fallout, which includes message boards and a very popular chat room. I spend a lot of time there.

Nice to meet you all.
15th-Jun-2007 05:21 pm (UTC) - Welcome:)
My 2 cats always make me feel loved:)

As for your guy online, is there anyone else you can contact to make sure he's alright?
15th-Jun-2007 06:34 pm (UTC) - Re: Welcome:)
Yes, I can call his parents and I've done that a couple of times. But now I know this is just how he is when he's depressed.
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