I am in a long-distance relationship with a girl in Maryland, with me being in California. Both of our parents acknowledge our relationship and approve of it. We’ve sent presents to one another for Christmas, our birthdays, and our one-year anniversary. I am surprised that we have kept such a close relationship even though we are far from one another. She is a devout Catholic, and has convinced me to move along in my baptism and confirmation.
The problem is, my girlfriend is depressed quite often. I’m always there for her and try to cheer her up however I can. But now, I feel quite overwhelmed. Today was the day her parents were going to take her here to California for a week’s vacation. Her mother had told me personally two months ago that I had her word that they were going. But about two weeks ago, they suddenly said they weren’t going, and my girlfriend has been in a downward spiral of depression ever since. She was very happy in the time leading up to that day. She’s very depressed today since this was the day she was to be leaving. I haven’t seen her this heartbroken in my life, and I feel very overwhelmed.
Normally, just talking to her makes her feel better, but now, nothing seems to help. Her sadness really worries me, and it makes me angry that I’m close to powerless to help. I’ve spent the whole day reminding her how much I love her and that this is only a minor setback, but she hasn’t snapped out of her depression. I have no idea what to do. I love her very much, and I want nothing but for her to be happy. I just feel so helpless in all this.