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Questions tagged [depression]

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How can I help my friend who is depressed and isolated?

I have an old friend who has, over the past few years, gone through several cycles of depression, burnout, and isolation to the point of barely leaving his room. Often I don't find out how bad it's ...
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How to avoid being perceived as cold or rude to people while only being depressed?

Some days I feel more depressed and anxious than normal and hence I am not very sociable and talkative like I normally would be. I worry that my friends would take it as being rude to them though I do ...
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How can I approach my bipolar brother so that he would speak with me?

My brother has a serious problem affecting all of us. Around 15 years ago, he started showing a great interest in religions and theology. He wanted to find God, the true and only God. Now after ...
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How to reconnect with my unresponsive childhood friend?

Growing up in a small town, I had one friend throughout my school years - we shared interests outside of the norm as well as certain difficult aspects of our family life, and even after we parted ways ...
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How to recommend meditation to someone with anxiety? [closed]

I have a friend with anxiety and depression, let's call him "Bob". As someone who deals with anxiety as well, I found that mindfulness meditation has significantly helped me. It didn't solve all my ...
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Helping a friend who will likely die without help, but refuses help? [closed]

So I have a friend who's suffering from a condition known as cirrhosis that will likely take their life anytime between several months from now and several years from now. The thing is, this ...
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How can I steer my depressed / low self esteem friend away from belittling herself on unrelated topics

I'm a part of a friend group where somehow anytime we do anything, there's one friend that somehow twists it to a way to belitter herself. As an example, let's say we are sharing our artworks in a ...
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How to approach a friend about depression?

So one of my close friends have been going on an on and off change with depression, and their constant state of fear of being lonely. A few months ago, this person opened up to me about a past suicide ...
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How to suggest someone to find a hobby without offending them?

As for the topic, if possible I'd be grateful for general answer and more specific one regarding following situation: My girlfriend has a clinically diagnosed depression (she attends visits with ...
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Can somebody give me some advice on this long distance relationship? [closed]

I am in a long distance relationship, it is happy and there is a lot of love there, I am very grateful for that, I do have a small problem and am looking for any advice on what to do. Her and I have ...
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How to deal with brother-in-law drinking and smoking way too much? [closed]

Story I'm 25 years old - my GF is 24 -, her brother is 20. He is a very kind and easy-going person, we both have sympathy and consideration for each other. However I noticed that during family ...
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How to help a friend who has faced several personal, related problems in a short timespan

For what it's worth, this friend (I'll call him Jon) has Asperger's. The problems Lately, Jon's life has been a rollercoaster of emotions. It all started when his mom (I'll call her Jane), after ...
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How to deal with depression privately and how to let my family know about it? [closed]

First of all, I come from India, from a place where depression is not at all recognized as a disease. I have never met or heard a person from my place even mention the word "depression" Anyway, ...
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How to distance yourself from someone that is growing overly attached

Me (M,18) and my best friend (F,18) have become friends with Amy (F,17). We do not really like other people, but Amy was recently distanced from her usual group of friends, so we decided to adopt her. ...
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How can I tell my parents I want to drop out of college?

Background I am a 24 year old living with my parents. I'll soon be 25. I study at a local university/college. Lately (the past few years) it has not been going well. I am considering dropping out, ...
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How to communicate support to someone who is emotionally disconnected?

I have a friend I'm having a hard time communicating with for the past few months. She's been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) for a handful of years (which has been the backbone ...
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How to deal with constantly negative roommate?

My roommate and close friend of about 3 years has gotten more and more negative over the years. He has been through a lot in his life and I can't say necessarily that his negativity/pessimism is ...
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how does one jump-start a social life in the face of abusers who are making it impossible to socialize within your tightest circle? [closed]

I, single woman, 34 years, in Mauritius, have been the victim of domestic violence and the authorities caused my dad and brother to stop their behavior. Deep down themselves, they have not changed but ...
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How do I help my “online” friend who suffers from depression and anxiety? [closed]

How I met her: She's a friend of my EX with whom I was in a long distance relationship (countries apart) and when my EX broke up with me, she offered me help, support and listened to me complaining ...
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Needing quiet time, but not wanting to offend or cause “problems”

The situation: My mother recently had surgery and I'm helping her. It's been about 8 days now. I don't mind helping, but she wants to talk to me. As for what it is. She had bunion surgery. My ...
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How can I convince my teacher that I'm still suffering from mental illness, despite him insisting I'm over it? [closed]

I'm 17 years old and live in Austria. I currently attend the 4th grade at my "Highschool". Since I was 4 years old, I have problems with depression and other mental illness-stuff. In my second year I ...
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How to help my girlfriend if she gets greatly depressed over small things?

I have been dating a wonderful girl for a little over 10 months now, and for the first long while it was great. I love her and we spend a lot of time together; however, in recent months things have ...
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Blocking a suicidal friend? [duplicate]

The illness There is this Israeli girl (let's call her Amy) who I know for a few years now (I'm living in Germany). Her mental state got worse over the last years: Amy has depressions, an eating ...
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In an early relationship, how can I handle my partner's deep depression and not be an enabler?

As a preface, I apologize if this question seems off-topic; it is a twisted problem that I have tried to narrow down to a single, good question that addresses the lump sum of my concerns and issues ...
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How to help a person with motivation/rewarding

A little of background: my fiancé is dealing with depression. She had a very hard time when she was mostly laying in bed, crying and being anxious. Now, thanks to medicine she's taking, psychotherapy, ...
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How to deal with a person getting sad during a date?

Background A few months ago, I met a girl on a dating site. We talked a bit and had our first date. It was great but she mentioned she had quite a heavy backstory without giving out much details. ...
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How to talk to a dean about depression

So I have a meeting with the dean of my school later today. He's a really nice guy, and thinks pretty highly of me (so he's told me, on multiple occasions). We need to talk about the past semester, ...
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What to do if I/Someone I know is feeling depressed/suicidal? [closed]

As stated in the title, myself/someone I know is currently suffering from depression/suicidal tendencies and I was wondering if anyone had any advice on what to do?
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How can I explain my reduced social activity when depression is stigmatised?

I lost my job a few months ago, and was struggling to find a new one with no success. This led me to becoming less motivated each day, until the point that suicide slipped into my mind - which I ...