“Does my friend need professional help?”

One of my best friends is super depressed and I don’t know how to help. He is pretty good at masking it around people, but I can tell. A few years back he started dating his old high school crush and even proposed and she said yes.

Well, shortly after she broke off the engagement, and for whatever reason he has it stuck in his head that she was the only girl in the world for him. Now almost 2 years later he is still really bad off. He got really blackout drunk on his birthday last year and let a lot of his bottled up emotions spill out and even talked about how he has considered suicide.

Since then he has not drank but he did take up 420 which in retrospect is alright since it is an anti-depressant. I have talked to him about it and expressed my concerns but he is very adamant about not wanting “professional” help and not wanting to be put on “chemicals” (medication). He is my friend and I love him but it hurts to see him in pain and not doing anything to seek help. I want to do more but according to professionals if someone is refusing help don’t push it because it can make it worse. So I just don’t know what to do.

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One thought on ““Does my friend need professional help?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree with not pushing him to get professional help. He will only accept seeking therapy if he himself wants it. What you can do though is you can invite him to meet new people, go do new activities together, or just be there for him emotionally. Don’t be afraid to ask him about how he’s dealing with the break off, but if he doesn’t want to talk about it, don’t push him any further. The next best thing to a therapy is love and support from friends and family.

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