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Feeling drained by a friend

If you feel totally drained by a friend, it’s prudent to change things not only for you but also for her.

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Social Anxiety and Friendship: A First-Person Account

November 20, 2012 | By | 9 Replies Continue Reading
Social Anxiety and Friendship: A First-Person Account

Social Anxiety can make it difficult to make and sustain friendships. I’m very appreciative to one of the readers of this blog, Jane, for her courage in sharing this post in the hope it would be useful to others.

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My friend won’t leave her house—what should I do?

Initial post removed at request of poster ANSWER Hi Lindsay, Your friend is fortunate to have you as her friend. You seem kind, caring, and compassionate—and it’s great that you have tried to educate yourself about mental illness to better understand what she is going through. It’s quite possible that your friend isn’t knowingly deceiving you or herself. [...]

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Five Tips on How To Break Up With a Friend

September 3, 2011 | By | 13 Replies Continue Reading

Ending a relationship is never easy. But even close relationships with friends can reach their shelf lives or expiration dates. A friendship that once felt satisfying and easy begins to feel awkward, boring, stressful, edgy, competitive, draining, or uncomfortable – or all of the above.   A previous post I wrote for NBC Universal Life [...]

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Worrying about a depressed friend

June 15, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

How do you deal with a seriously depressed friend who says he wants to die?

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Tell your friends: Mental illnesses are no-fault disorders

October 10, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

  Congress has designated the first week of October each year as Mental Illness Awareness Week. The goal of the week is to raise public awareness about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. As many as one in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year; one [...]

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“What a Difference a Friend Makes” Video and Essay Contest

July 24, 2010 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

SAMHSA and the Ad Council have announced the What a Difference a Friend Makes Contest.   "Friendship and support are key aspects of recovery from mental health problems. Individuals are more likely to seek help in an environment of acceptance and understanding. SAMHSA and the Ad Council have launched this video and essay contest to [...]

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Susan Boyle needs your friendship and support

The emotional fallout of Susan Boyle’s unexpected and disappointing defeat on Saturday night was clearly devastating. The front-runner failed to take first place on the finale of Britain’s Got Talent, losing to a teenage dance group called Diversity. It’s hard to imagine how this somewhat shy and private middle-aged woman must have felt to have [...]

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Me, me, me: When friendship is a one-way street

April 11, 2009 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have a very close friend who is going through a rough time. She recently became pregnant after ongoing fertility treatments. I was extremely supportive through all of this.  Since becoming pregnant, her anxiety and panic has increased immensely. She is an only child who depends greatly on her parents and will [...]

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America can no longer afford to fail our citizens with serious mental illnesses

March 13, 2009 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

This is off-topic but important: Please read my latest post on HuffPo and check out your own state. Then do something about it! Tell a friend, call your legislator, and join your local NAMI so you can make a difference . Best, Irene

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