Tag: treatment

Where Can My Depressed Friend Get Help?

Published: October 31, 2013 | Last Updated: October 11, 2020 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

Sometimes a depressed friend needs more help than any friend, even a good one, can provide.

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Dealing with a depressed friend when you are depressed

Published: September 24, 2013 | Last Updated: September 24, 2013 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

A reader feels her depressed friend is weighing her down but feels guilty about letting go.

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Friendship: In Sickness and In Health

Published: October 9, 2012 | Last Updated: October 11, 2021 By | 20 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship: In Sickness and In Health

I was close friends with a woman for several years. Six months ago, she abruptly ended the friendship. Two months prior to the end of the friendship, I was going through cancer radiation treatments and could not devote the time and energy to her that she seemed to need to feel satisfied with the friendship.

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Asking too much of a friend

Published: May 16, 2012 | Last Updated: May 21, 2012 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION  Hi Irene, I’ve recently been coming to terms with some deeply buried grief, and also struggling with self-injury problems as well. My "best friend" of 19 years has hardly been there for me and only seems to come around when he needs me. He makes it very clear that he does not care about […]

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Is “Befriending” A Treatment For Depression?

Published: August 18, 2010 | Last Updated: August 18, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
Is “Befriending” A Treatment For Depression?

A study looked at the viability of “befriending” as a treatment tool for emotional distress and depressive symptoms. The findings suggest that friendships, even therapeutic ones, don’t necessarily substitute for good treatment.

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Is it “friendship anxiety”…or depression

Published: November 6, 2009 | Last Updated: August 3, 2013 By | 24 Replies Continue Reading

Depression can feel like friendship anxiety and complicate friendships.

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A friend who drinks too much

Published: April 22, 2009 | Last Updated: April 22, 2009 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My friend started on anti-depressants about 6 months ago, and has been drinking a lot lately. Drinking while on medication is usually not a good idea. It’s gotten to the point where she goes out every weekend, gets so drunk she pukes, and makes a total fool of herself. She ‘blacks out’ […]

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Friendship and the couch

Published: November 15, 2007 | Last Updated: November 16, 2007 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

In a recent article in the UK Telegraph entitled, Could friendships be ruining your life? journalist Tim Shipman reports that the American self-help industry is booming as we are becoming increasingly aware of toxic friendships. He points to the pervasive use of the term in our culture—noting the growing number of popular books and TV […]

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