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My friend and I have known each other for over ten years but since about last year she has changed very dramatically from her old ways. She started to lose interest in a lot of things and got really grumpy all the time. At first no one knew what her problem was but she eventually told me she was depressed. I took it really seriously as I knew that it is a big deal and can lead to self harm or suicide but then she started telling everybody and began to use it as a way to get away with things. For example she would say horrible things to me and our other friends but if we said anything back she would blame us for her depression. I started to feel like I was walking on egg shells with her like I couldn't say anything in case she got offended and it made her worse and I had gotten used to it but now she has told myself and others she has anxiety and is using it as an excuse to get us to order food for her! She also continually says no one likes her when I have been there for her since day one and I find myself constantly having to re assure her. I know that mental illnesses are very real and it's hard to understand what it's like from her point of view but I'm finding it really hard to be near her. I feel like after being with her I'm drained of all energy and like she doesn't want me to be there, that she'd rather have no friends so she could tell everyone we abandoned her. It seems like she just turns her mental illnesses on and off whenever she wants something or to get away with something. Do you think that this is normal behaviour for a 'depressed person' or is she just using it to her own advantage?
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