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A Friend Is Mentally Ill

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I have a friend, she is a girl, she is not talking with me properly from 1 month, but she says that I normally love you as a brother like before, but she’s not even speaking or responding to the message I kept. She has maniac depression disorder and paranoid disorder. She said this only to me and another friend, she don’t want to tell this to her parents also. She is always saying that I want to die and I hate myself. How to take care of her and should I tell this to her parents or not? (From India)

A Friend Is Mentally Ill

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I appreciate the deep concern you have for your friend. If she is the same age as you, 12, you do not want to carry the burden of her disclosure. I would talk to your parents and ask them for help and telling hers.

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

A Friend Is Mentally Ill

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). A Friend Is Mentally Ill. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2019, from
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