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Dealing With Friend's Depression

Sunday Confessional: I Don't Want to Deal With My Best Friend's Depression

This week's confession comes from our anonymous Confession Booth group in the TrèsSugar Community. Weigh in with your advice below.

My best friend has been depressed for quite a while.

She's always crying, always being sad, always telling me how guilty she feels. I know she has a bad home life, and I know she can't help it. She's my best friend in the world.

But I can't stand it.

Everyday, everything is about her. Everything is about wah-wah-wah, something's going wrong in Helen's* life. Everything is about boo hoo, something happened that made her depressed, and when she wants to hear about me, she still keeps a little upside-down U shape on her mouth the entire time. I don't mean to be selfish, because I know this is. But I can't help feeling that she's always sobbing, bringing me down, making me feel depressed because of her. Her parents won't get her help, because they're too poor.

Every time I try to talk to her, she gives me this little whiny show about how something new and even more depressing happened to her. She tells me she's sorry, and I know she is, but I really can't help being fed up with her. I'm almost to the point of just ignoring her completely, though I could never do that. Like I said earlier, she is my best friend.

What should I do? What can I do? I just want to rant and rant about her insufferable behavior, but I feel kind of bad. What should I do? What would you do?

*Her name was changed, because it's a very unusual name.
(Imagine that this girl was your truly best friend, the only person you really talk to.)

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