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One Woman's Story: Being With Someone Through Depression

June 18, 2014
Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Anne WheatonBeing with someone who is struggling with depression is never easy. It is difficult to see someone you care about struggle with anger, irritation, sleep changes, lifelessness, anxiety, or even worthlessness. And it's difficult when those feelings affect both of your lives.

Anne Wheaton watched her husband, Wil Wheaton, experience anger, self-doubt, sadness, and hopelessness for three years. He didn't know the cause of these feelings, but they inevitably affected his relationship with Anne.

Anne shared her story with us in honor of Men's Health Month. She helps us show that men often experience depression differently than women, and that a man's health can play a role in his partner's wellbeing too.

I encourage you to read our full interview with Anne. She discusses her husband's symptoms, how those symptoms affected their relationship, and why he finally decided to get help. Their story offers hope to those experiencing or living with someone who has symptoms of depression.

If you or someone you love has a mental illness, help is available. Please remember that recovery like Wil's is possible. For more information about signs of mental health problems and how to get help, please visit our sections on Mental Health and Mental health for men.