How comfortable is my partner, be it Isaac, or whomever is the final match in the long run, going to be with my issues? Daunting, no, in the already larger-than-life search for love? Maybe I'm holding on to this whole thing years later, but did Carrie's editor really OK her writing the "search for the perfect French fry", even if she did tie it back to the search for the perfect partner or something?

I've opened up--I'd love for you to do the same.

Hold them close or just listen while they share their feelings.

Offer to help them with making appointments or doing some of the daily chores that they are struggling to keep up with.

One of the most important things for a person to understand about dating someone with depression is boundaries.

Depression is a serious mental illness and a leading cause of suicide.

More It can be very stressful coping with another person's depression; and, if you aren't careful you may become depressed yourself. Seek out a support group, a friend or a counselor whom you can talk with.

One of the most important things you can do for someone who is depressed is simply to be there for them.

If I'm going to do this whole weekly column on Smitten thing (which I am--I'm not going all Carrie-Bradshaw-Season-Six-Part-Two on you), there's one very important thing you should know: I'm a big, ball of nerves.

But in a very real way: I've been diagnosed with a few health issues that affect my life in the broader sense, but among them are pretty severe anxiety and panic disorders, and I've struggled with clincial depression my entire life.

You can help your loved one by helping them keep up with taking their medication and remembering appointments.