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Girlfriend gone bonkers?

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  • Posted By: monkeypants
  • December 17, 2006
  • 09:21 PM

Hello! Sorry for the strange title. I am concerned about my girlfriend's mental health. I don't know if this is a mood disorder or what- I know she has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders and is on sertraline (does not follow up with psychiatrist/therapist, however.) She has really intense mood swings- I would describe it as going from really upbeat (she's affectionate, wants to go out, etc.) to being really cold and reserved (she doesn't want to be touched, she'll want to stay in, go to bed at 9pm, not talk about how she's feeling.) Recently, she said she felt unattractive, unintelligent, and she has overall lost an interest in sex. I encouraged her to follow up with a therapist, but she has refused. Also, when she gets in these depressive/quiet moods, she doesn't want anyone around- she pushes me away, and frequently is mean/angry with me. Despite the fact that she's been diagnosed with depression, I've only seen her cry once (have been dating for 9 mos.) I feel like she has major issues expressing emotions. With her going from upbeat to down I feel like I'm dealing with someone with two personalities! Is this typical of people with depression and anxiety? That they push the person who they're dating away/are mean to them when they're experiencing a "down" period?

Thanks for any advice

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