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Help for a friend -- EQUIPMENT NEEDED!

Posted by Maurie on June 29, 1998, at 17:58:47

I was stopped by a friend after church Sunday. SHe said that she needed someone to talk to. We talked. She told me that she hates her job. She had a flu last week and her response was "Oh, good! I have a temperature of 101 so I can stay in bed and sleep all day!" SHe was in bed for eight days.

She feels that if she were following God's plan for her life she would be happy. She is unhappy so she isn't following God's plan. I think she believes that I am a more mautre Christian so she approached me to help her figure out what God's plan for her is. "WHy is God letting me continue to breathe? Wouldn't everything be better if I didn't?"


I asked her if she thought she might be depressed. She affirmed, but said "so what". Many years ago she had an addiction to Pain meds following a back injury. She says NO to drug therapies.

I confessed ignorance and asked her if I could have time to educate myself. She agreed.

I checked with her late in the afternoon to let her know I heard her and was listening and responding.

I have been surfin' lots today.

NPR ran a story tonight about stress, depression and Police work. In it they mentioned some new research about DHEA levels being elevated with PSY therapy and levels of cortosol (SP ?) decreasing.

My first recommendation of a therapist was turned down flat.

What I need (I think!) are ways to get her in the hands of a pro. I am way outta my league, but i've all she has at this moment.

Suggestions welcome.





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