My girlfriend is depressed
I don't know what to do. She seemed happy. She would joke around with me like nothing was wrong. Some days she told me about problems bothering her and I'd give advice, where she would say thank you and change the topic like it was all good. After barely seeing her over the weekend and not hearing from her on Saturday, I got a late text from her saying she needed to tell me something. I called her. When she picked up we chatted for a bit then she began to cry saying she has to tell me something. She spoke very quiet and slow like she was hesitant. I thought she was going to say she cheated on me.
After a being quiet for a long time, she told me she hurt herself the other day. I asked how and she said she cut herself. I didn't know what to say other then why. she explained that she has been overwhelmed depressed and feeling lonely which struck me because I thought everything was ok. she told me that she doesnt know how long it will be for her to be normal again and if i want to break up with her she will get it.
I didn't know how to react. i just told her I'm not leaving, but I was really quiet after that so she kept asking me if I see her differently. I wasnt sure how I was feeling but I knew I loved her so I told her. I stayed on the phone with her even as she fell asleep. The next day I had a bad dream she hung herself and I didn't speak to her at all because I was scared. When I tried to talk to her today she acted really cold, saying she feels too vulnerable and has to protect herself now.
Idk what to do. I love her but i feel so useless.