10 helpful tips for dating with depression

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    About 18 million Americans suffer from depression and another 20 million worldwide use dating websites each month, according to Online Dating Magazine. Chances are, there are people who will be in both groups.

    But dating can be a challenge when you suffer from depression. "Sometimes if you don't feel like smiling but are in a situation where you're expected to be happy, that can make you feel even worse," says Dr. Helen Friedman, a clinical psychologist in private practice in St. Louis.

    That said, meeting a new person can also be a source of joy. These 10 simple tips from our friends at Health.com can help make dating a bit easier...

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