I have been with my boyfriend for quite some time now and we are both in our young 20's. He suffers from depression, anxiety, low self esteem and crippling introversion in social situations. His family has no idea that any of this is occurring because he's too embarrassed to admit he's not perfect, and he doesn't have any close friends- which leaves me as his only real support. After multiple disagreements and lots of tears he has decided to seek therapy. This is a great first step, but I'm at a loss of how to continue in this relationship without it tearing me down. My mood has become dependant on how he is feeling that day, he lacks affection towards me so I start to think I've done something wrong, and he is jealous of my outgoing personality and ease of making friends, which leaves me feeling guilty. I love him and want to support him but I'm thinking long-term about our relationship and I just don't know if I'm ready to deal with this in a marriage, when we have kids etc. Is my better option to step back from the relationship and support as a friend? I am not married to this guy, I love him and I want to be with him but I don't know if I can face this challenge for the rest of my life. I guess I came here to ask is: for those of you who are married to someone like this, what advice can you give someone like me who is essentially in the same position but at a younger age and not binded by marriage? If I stay what kind of life am I looking at in the future? If you were in my position and had the chance, would you do it all again? Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
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