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Re: Toxic friendships revisited? kalyb

Posted by fallsfall on May 21, 2003, at 12:09:59

In reply to Toxic friendships revisited?, posted by kalyb on May 20, 2003, at 13:19:23

It certainly sounds like you are in a rough situation. It does sound like she is not helping you to move away from your depression. Having limited living options seems to be a real problem for you. You are in the UK? I don't know how others there have solved this problem, is there a social service program you can talk to who would know? Could you move in with family? It has seemed to me that people who do not have depression have a very hard time understanding what is going on ("Why can't you just pull yourself up by your bootstraps?", "Go get a job, it will make you feel better").

Are there any Depression Support Groups in your area? My local hospital has one. 6 - 15 people show up and each one of them understands what depression is. People will share their current problem (or success!). Most of the time, someone else who is there has had a similar problem and may be able to suggest a strategy or resource. If it is a new problem for everyone, then we brainstorm, or just let the person know that we understand why it is so hard for them. If there are no support groups, maybe you could start one :^), your therapist might be able to help. The hardest part is getting a room and advertising in the paper.

Have you talked to your therapist about what to do? How often do you see him?

This is a tough issue, and I can see why you are upset. Somebody, somewhere has a solution for you.

Keep the faith!

 

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