My co-worker is a sweet, kind soul. She’s younger than me (~22 yrs) and suffers from depression and an eating disorder. We have great conversations, she’s fun to be around and I would consider her a friend. But my god… she is so triggering.
A part of me suspects she’s bipolar as well but she seems to be stable on anti-depressants, so who knows. Lately, it seems as if everyday has been a gloom fest. She’s exhausted, falling asleep at work, can barely function. She’s super negative, mopey, and unmotivated.
I’m not trying to judge because I’ve been there. I truly know how it feels.
But it’s still really triggering. I feel like I easily absorb the emotions of others. When she’s depressed, I often find myself heading down that dark path. Sometimes I’m able to catch myself before the plunge. Other times, I fall pretty deep into that hole and it’s really hard to crawl out.
I’m not sure what to do. I can’t change seats, I can’t quit my job over this and I can’t control her moods, obviously.
I’m feeling stuck.