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   Posted 8/30/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   

I am still learning about all of this and have turned to Healingwell for support. I have some other close friends that have struggles right now too, but sometimes I think I can't be there for them right now because of my own illness. Has anyone had similar circumstances where they feel they can't necessarily give back and or feel it may not be healthy to be sharing so much about the illness back and forth?

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   Posted 8/30/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe that two friends can help eachother, but, I also think that they should have their own seperate professional help going on.

Are you going to any type of counseling? It is the most important thing that you should be doing at this time. I hope that you are. I think that it is okay to share, as long as both of you do have some professional help going on too.

I hope that you can find help here also. There are many wonderful members here and they are happy to offer support.

best wishes to you,

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/30/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for the support and response. Yes I am seeing a therapist of my own, I have been going through a job loss and struggling in my first serious relationship. Support is so important, I keep hearing that over and over and it is so true. This site seems so wonderful, and there are so many caring people on here I can tell. Just reading and understanding other people's situations can be very helpful.

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   Posted 8/30/2009 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
hi flowergal22. i am jamie, welcome to the hw depression forum. karen has given you some excellent info. depressioon is a medical issue, each person's depression is unique to that person, oh there will be similarities, albeit support is paramount. you may need to remember that you both maybe at different stages, thus it is imperative to remember this. i admire your courage and committement with your friend, alike depression their maybe somes up's and downs along the way. with you both. seeking professional assistance is a great way of working with your situation and for providing effective coping tools also. take care. and all the best.
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   Posted 8/31/2009 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
hi flowegal22
i was in a situation where i had a very close friend who was going through depression as well. At first, it seemed like a life saver because it felt great to talk to someone who understands what you're saying. however, as time went on, and i talked to my therapist about it, it turned out that--as jamiee has mentioned above--we were at different stages. i became a crutch for her and she began to need attention from me all the time because she was NOT actively seeking medical help, she believed that it would not be of any help to her. I, on the other hand, began feeling responsible for her well being, which I later realized is not my responsibility. It became a difficult juggling act, trying to be supportive without taking on her burdens, as well as trying to move forward and not sink back into depressive thoughts after conversations with her. We eventually stopped talking after a massive projective breakdown on her side. I did not try to reestablish communication because I had come to realization that if she was going to get better, she needed to learn to do it on her own terms, her own time, and in a self-motivated way. Had we been more conscious of the fact that while our roads may have seemed similar, they were not in fact, the same, we might be on better terms. We recently started talking again, but it is strained. From my experience, I learned that it is important to limit how much of the friendship is based in the common ground of depression, otherwise, it may become the only thing holding it together, which seems unreliable and extremely difficult to manage, considering you can't know which one of you might pull out first and how it will be handled. A close friend can be an incredible ally, however, I would advise being cautious and conscientious of the dynamics of the relationship and how they change.
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