My friend is in depression

My friend is in depression since a year or so. And she has been taking counselling sessions as well. Previously it was not that bad an issue but now it is getting worse. She constantly hurts herself, does not sleep for 1-2 days. And now she stays away from everybody. When she is in class she wants to sit alone. She does not mind being with me. We are not in the same section so even if I want to sit with her, I cannot. But nowadays she does not even share her problems and when I ask she gets irritated. She is a very good and sweet person. She loves helping people. She is active on social media and you can say she is a ‘social beauty’. She loves her mother a lot and in comparison to most girls she is very frank with her mother. But since a month ago, she is having some family issues and they are not that close right now. What can I do to help her?

Dear Ashi, it is sad to read that your friend is in depression since one year. She needs expert psychological counselling and proper medical treatment. There is nothing you can do for her, except to pray God that he may help her. Let her family deal with this problem.

Dr Anthony Grugni, MD
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Dr Anthony Grugni, MD

Dr Anthony Grugni, MD, has a degree in medicine and is a professional counsellor. For the last 30 years he has been providing youth with practical advice to help them tackle urgent and troubling issues.