Posted by invioletlight on November 21, 2008, at 0:38:39
My girlfriend is currently suffering a terrible bout of depression. She is a sexual and physical abuse survivor--the abuse lasted many, many years and was perpetrated by multiple people--and also has PTSD rather severely. She will often "disappear" from reality and have vivid flashbacks, in which she cannot hear or see me.
It's getting really bad and I'm working, with limited funds, on trying to get her some mental health care. We're trying to go through the county, as she has no health insurance and is currently unable to work because of her depression.
Does anyone out there have any advice for the partner of someone going through this? I've struggled with panic attacks and anxiety my whole life so I somewhat understand, but would like to hear from those who have experienced this most directly. How can I be of the most help?