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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I leave him alone?

    The guy I love is suffering from depression (we are not dating). His parents' relationship is awful. His ex cheated on him and now he went to university that's far away and I'm afraid he does not have many friends. He rarely talks to me. I always talk first and it seems as though the only thing he does is complain about his life. He tells me he cares about me yet I don't know what to make of him. He pushes me away a lot. He was diagnosed with depression a few years back. I love him and I want to be there for him, it's just that there is only so much I can do through texts. What do I do to know if he has feelings or anything for me?
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  • I have been working in Eltham, Melbourne as a relationship and family counsellor for over twelve years. I draw on current theory and research about … View Profile

    Apart from asking your friend directly if he has feelings for you, there is not much you can do to find this out. If you wish to support him through his depression, you might check with him if he is receiving treatment. If not, encourage him to see his GP and ask for referrals to a psychiatrist, who can work out the best medication for him, or review his current medication if it is not lifting his depressive symptoms. He may also benefit from psychological counselling to give him strategies for managing thoughts and beliefs that can accompany depression. You may also wish to educate yourself on what depression is, and how best to support your friend. A great resource for this is the Beyond Blue website - https://www.beyondblue.org.au/supporting-someone/supporting-someone-with-depression-or-anxiety

    All the best

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