Usually there IS a reason to be depressed or anxious. Emotions will run high and it's quite possible you'll get ticked off over something. It's normal for us when trying to help someone cope to relate.
Possibilities include genetics or past experiences that could have been traumatizing. "I remember this one time when I was depressed..." isn't empathetic.
It's common for anyone going through this to feel alone, so make sure they're well aware that they aren't. In your mind it may seem like this is the wakeup call they need, but it's not.
For example, threatening to break up with them unless they get better will only make the situation worse.
Unfortunately when you're out of control of your emotions, those arguments can take a toll.
Just because they're crying doesn't mean they're weak, remember that.
Make sure you remind your significant other just how much you love, care and appreciate them for all that they are.
I'm sure there are tons more tips that I may have missed, so if you come up with anything PLEASE post it in the comment box below. Help from wherever possible could make a difference in someone's relationship, and someone's life.
I have lost count of the amount of people (family, friends, boyfriends, etc.) that I've tried to push away over the years.
Not allowing them to rebuild the barrier between you two is extremely important because it'll show that you really do care and want to do what you can to make them comfortable.
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Just because it's one of those days where they're sad, uninterested or anything along those lines, doesn't mean it's because of you or something you did.