If you thought dating is hard, dating with depression is a whole new challenge. More than 18 million people in the United States suffer from depression, and more than 20 million people worldwide use dating websites each month to find a partner, as data from the online Dating Magazine has shown.
Moreover, there are certainly people than belong in both categories. But for people that suffer from depression, dating is a whole new experience. You don’t know how much is ok to share with the other person, you feel very vulnerable and fear rejection.
“Sometimes if you don’t feel like smiling but are in a situation where you’re expected to be happy, that can make you feel even worse,” says Helen Friedman, PhD, a clinical psychologist in private practice in St. Louis.
Read on to find the 10 simple tips for making dating with depression a little bit easier.