In addition to surrounding yourself with the support of friends and family, Sheela Raja, Ph D, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says it’s important to let potential partners know how they can help you.For example, if you exercise regularly to help lift your mood, ask your partner to join you.About 18 million Americans suffer from depression and another 20 million worldwide use dating websites each month, according to Online Dating Magazine.
Depression, and some antidepressants, can cause you to lose interest in sex.If things become more serious, however, you should tell your potential partner.Friedman says a good time might be when you decide to see each other exclusively or when you just feel that you care more deeply about each other.If you find yourself falling into a pattern that didn’t work for you in the past (like dating someone who makes you feel bad about yourself), leave the situation, and take some time off or find another companion.“Therapy might help you to work out any issues you have in order to go forward in your relationships and not repeat past mistakes,” Friedman says.Millions of people turn to the Internet to find romantic partners, but that doesn’t mean it’s not difficult, says Friedman.Some women, on the other hand, expect men to take the initiative to plan dates or activities.This can be hard to do when you are depressed and you have little energy."It is easy to get discouraged when dating online," she says."It takes skill to know how to navigate online dating to find someone special." There are sites geared specifically for those with mental illness, such as And finally, emphasize again that you care about the person and the relationship.This message is as important as telling her that you have depression, says Friedman.