How do I break up with someone who is depressed
September 11, 2010 8:00 PM Subscribe
How do I break up with someone who is depressed?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (18 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
My partner and I have been dating for a little less than a year, and it's reached a point where I'm not sure that I can go on in this any further. I care about them quite a lot, and don't want to hurt them, but I just don't think that I can do this any more.
To complicate matters, they have just made a major life change and I worry that in breaking up with them, that I will be taking away a major source of their support to get through this change.
In short, I don't believe that either of us are happy in this relationship, but I'm worried (from ample evidence) that if I do break up with them, that they will hurt themself, or do something rash.
So what do I do? How do I do this while hurting them the least? How can I do this and ensure that they have the support that they need to get through this? I realize that I am not responsible for their happiness, but I do care for them, and I am worried that they will hurt themself.