Our expert says:
Depression is common, and suicidal ideas are unfortunately common. But it's unusual for someone to talk about suicide in front of other people - that sounds more like a form of cry for help, of wanting people to take his depression seriously and push him to get help.
Encourage him to get proper help, and emphasize that it is because he is NOT crazy, that he deserves help to keep him from craziness.
I know of no evidence that Restin or any other such herbal remedy is effective in real depression. When you say you don't know how to get him to take it again, it sounds as though you somehow tricked him into taking it before - surely if he knowingly took it and felt better, he shoulnt resist taking it again ?
I'm not sure about the theory you give, as a cause for real depression. It sounds like such an unpleasantly sharp tongued old woman would make one angry, not depressed. And that's not childish. If he is still brooding about something she said a year ago, that's ruminating of an excessive degree.
The situation sounds confusing and potentially serious, so concentrate on persuading him to see at least a GP, and preferably a psychiatrist, for an assessment and a discussion of treatment options, which would still leave it to him to decide whether then to take the advice he'd receive
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