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Posted by: GeeKay | 2005/06/17

Depression

hi there,

A lady friend, 22yrs old, been through quite abit the last couple of years.
When she was 18 she fell pregnant, when her boyfriend found out, he did not want anything to do with her. Due to stress she miscarried. then about a year ago she met another guy whom were about to get married but they broke up due to some personal problems, and the guy cheated on her.
Anyways lately shes been quite depressed and has sleepless nights and loosing quite allot of weight, and shes quite petite already so it can be quite harmfull. She has taken some medication and i do know that it takes quite some time to really overcome everything.
Ive tried speaking to her trying to motivate her etc, no can do. every now and then she takes sleeping tabs but im so scared that she might get addicted to it, more so due to depression i would not want her in being dependent on anti-depressants too that much coz after her miscarriage she went on depressants for quite some time.
At the moment shes unable to afford a shrink so is there any other solution. What can i do as a friend to help her through this. She really means allot to me.

your response would be highly appreciated
Geekay

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If she is receiving tabs for Depression, she must at least be seeing a GP, preferably a specialist Psychiatrist, who should be able to take any risks into consideration and work with her in counselling as well as medication. Nobody becomes dependent on antidepressants in the way you are worrying about.

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