I am an 18 year old, happy girl. Fortunately I don't struggle with depression. However, I have a close family member who has been depressed her entire life due to severe mental and physical abuse as a child. I have trouble dealing with her, as we love each other so much but I can't be totally honest with her. I can't tell her how I truly feel, how frustrated I am at having to watch my every word to nurture her depression. I feel like she expects me to make her happy, when in reality, there's nothing I can do. I hurt her feelings sometimes by being honest, I can't help but let some frustration out, I am the child here, what more can she expect of me? Everyone in her life has hurt her, and I don't wanna just be another one of those people. At the same time, I have my whole life ahead of me, and I can't structure it around her. Since I've never had her experience, I don't know how to deal with her. Maybe someone who has experienced chronic depression has some advice for me?
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