Hi Sara, my name is Alec. I need your help. I have a friend and I'm really worried about her. She seems really depressed, like, REALLY depressed. I don't know what to do. She said the energy her parents give off bugs her. And even though I'm not sure if I believe her, do you think that could be causing her depression? If so, how do I help her? And if its something else, what do I do? How do you help a teenage girl get through depression? Especially if the energy from her parents is causing it? Worried for a friend, Alec
I will answer your question more indepth on the radio show, but for now: your friend needs professional therapy, such as a counselor or psychologist.
It is nice to be a friend, but sometimes you can't help them—and you can harm yourself by trying to help.
I don't feel that her parents' energy is the only cause of her depression; I think she has some other things that are going on, and working with a professional is what will help.
It's normal for teenage years to be emotionally rough for a lot of people. But this are really her issues, and while it's nice to be a friend, you also need to make sure she is not bringing you down too much.
You can't walk her path for her.
On the other hand, if you feel she is so depressed that she is suicidal, please have her call a suicide hotline.
Or if she won't do that, please call it yourself, and they will help you get some resources.
Thank you for writing.
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