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I get it. What others might see as a chronic case of laziness, is actually paralyzing depression. The thought of getting out of bed is like running a marathon, something you want no part of. Today, we're going to take it easy. Forget about all those thoughts that are slowly crushing you. Today, we're just going to get out of bed.

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My partner of two years has been struggling with patterns of feeling moody, withdrawn, and overwhelmed. He's recently admitted that he thinks he might be depressed, but he is still reluctant to see a doctor or therapist to figure things out. I want to be there for my partner, whom I care about deeply, but at what point do I need to step back and look out for my own emotional well-being? I'd appreciate any advice from those who have helped a friend partner with depression or had to encourage someone to seek therapy.