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?Anonymous Post? depression/anxiety


I'm looking for some advice on how to support a partner with depression/anxiety. Sorry I'm advance for the long post! My partner suffers with depression/anxiety/PTSD, and is usually fairly good, but every 6 months or so he has a low', which consists of weeks of not getting out of bed, just sleeping all the time, and can get quite aggressive when I try to get him up out of bed etc. Now this may be insensitive of me, and I don't understand what it's like for him of course, but we have a young family, and I'm 38 weeks pregnant. Our littlest isn't sleeping, I'm lucky to get 2 hours of sleep a night, I work from home, and still need to find time to look after myself. I really rely on him to get me through the day, and when he's in this state it really affects the whole family unit, and I end up having complete mental breakdowns every other day, and just can't keep up with life in general. I've tried bringing him a coffee in the morning, turning the hot water on when I'm up through the night with the toddler so he can have a hot shower first thing in the morning, and countless other things. I was told by someone else who suffers severe depression that I am asking too much of him while in a low and I need to leave him in bed and not bother him in that state, until he's had a week or so and then give him a nudge. But I guess I'm asking I realise there's help available for him, but is there anywhere I can go to get help on how to handle it best? It affects my mental health too because I'm the one picking up his share, and then copping the abuse when I expect him to get over it and help me with the kids.. Sorry for my massive spiel, and thanks for any helpful advice in advance!

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