As someone with depression due in part to severe physical illness myself I would also say that it takes time after dx. Unless you can get the disease in some sort of remission, it is like you are in free fall. The constant pain and disablity of your body can really mess with your emotional state, especially when you are young and you already start losing the things that make life worth living. It was helpful to me to find a mental health provider who specialized in chronic illness.
this is about lupus, but it can show you what it is to live with chronic illness on a good day and might help your friend to be able to express how he feels:
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