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I have, myself, several mental health issues (anxiety, depression and some other stuff). For me, talking about certain things can be really difficult and, like your friend, I will need to rest after doing so. What I have found helps is to not talk but to write instead. Whenever I have something "delicate" to say, I do not talk. Instead, I write and ...


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I had a somewhat similar situation. My partner was not angered / depressed from my successes, but still, things did not always go in the good direction. We were lucky that we had an open way to discuss everything. And we discussed the difference in our education, and how to improve it. She decided to go the way of reading books, attend classes of her ...


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Learn a script I find a big part of what causes me to fall apart in that situation is being caught off-guard, being forced to figure out a response on the spot. The response you give is never "good enough", it seems to give the other person even more ammunition against you (which is not the best way to think about it; often they are just trying to ...


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This is my experience from the perspective of the mother: It would probably help a lot if she told her mother that she has a hard time right now. Wanting to keep this a secret is understandable, but might be making the situation only worse. For us "normal" people there's no reason to avoid the topic of relationships. On the contrary, it's actually ...


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You've got a couple things going on; I'll try to separate them. First of all is your desire to be left alone. Second is your desire to not be rude or to offend people. I'll start with the non-offensive part first. Part of the challenge here is: what do you normally portray yourself as? Are you always trying to be left alone? Do you only want to interact ...


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I have two strategies for dealing with such unwanted questions from people I am not willing to "cut-off" (NB: I do not have the vulnerabilities to which the OP's friend is subject, so these strategies may need adaptation). Plan A: treat the inappropriate question as a joke Act as though the inappropriate question had not been posed in earnest, and ...


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