I have been reading a few of the posts on here regarding depression and how to deal with it. Let me first say that all who are on here helping others are truly saints, and please keep up the good work. Now to business.
I have reason to believe that my friend, Erika, is depressed. She has never had a real easy life. Her parents have been divorced since she was 4, her hair color is naturally white (which I think is very unique and cool but she thinks it is hideous). Her father has schizophrenia and is now off his medication. Her mother, before she kicked Erika out of the house at 17, would beat her constantly. Recently, she spent the night at my house after her cousin (whom she was living with) kicked her out. I later found out that she was sexually intimate with her cousin and romantically involved. Why she got kicked out is a longer story, and I'm in no mood to post it.
I have asked my girlfriend and closest friends to help me support and just be good people to Erika, but they always make excuses..."i am too busy, i don't have her number, she gets what she deserves, etc..." So, I hate to say it, but it looks like its up to me to help her out.
She has refused counseling and evaluation, , but I do not think it should be used for escapism as she does. I am concerned she is depressed and is attempting to "self-medicate." I need to know how I can help her. She does not deserve the bad luck she has had, she is a good woman.
Please help me help Erika. I feel it is my responsibility as I left her years ago before the latter half of the above events began to occur. I made a mistake in leaving her then, and I will not leave her again when she needs me.
Earth,I had to edit your post..please remember we do have teens that post on our site.
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Post Edited By Moderator (ShynSassy) : 6/29/2008 4:53:42 AM (GMT-6)