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My friend does not talk, she can but choses not to because she thinks other people think she is stupid. She has feelings of numbness when doing something extremely wrong. Other than that she seems perfectly fine. She is cognitive, motor skills are great. The closest example to her would be like chief on one flew over the cuckoo’s nest. What do you think she may have?

Worried about My Friend

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It is too hard to know from the information you have given me. But what I do know is that your friend is very lucky to have someone who cares about her so deeply. Perhaps that is the important thing here. It may be that you need to celebrate your friend’s good points and skills to help her realize she is valuable and loved.

I would point out her good qualities, what you like about her as a friend, and why you see her as valuable. This strengthening of what she has to offer others is likely to be more valuable than identifying what is wrong.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Worried about My Friend

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Worried about My Friend. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 22, 2019, from
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