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Posted by Sarah on February 10, 2000 at 20:20:09:

In Reply to: I need help...I don't know what to do posted by Emily on February 10, 2000 at 19:38:28:

: This isn't about me, it's about a friend of mine. She's my old roommate. We're freshmen in college, and this girl that was anorexic and bullemic died last Friday of a heart attack. Kelsey is taking this really hard. They weren't really tight--they only really talked about three times, but each time it was for like three hours at a time...the thing is that Kelsey was also anorexic and bullemic--she used to be a gymnest--and it has basically been under control for a while and she's really open about it, but she's suddenly going through a ton of stuff lately that I think has set her off, and no one knows what to do about it. She eats next to nothing and works out all the time, She's also barely been to class this semester. She was in a car wreck and hurt her neck, so she bed rested for a while, but now she has recovered and still doesn't go to class.
: I don't know how to approach this situation. I have issues of depression myself, and I'm actually not doing great right now, but I've been much worse, so if I put it into perspective, I'm pretty OK. I just don't know if I'll have the strength to get through this whole Kelsey thing if I try to help, but I can't just ignore it.
: I think that she would be pretty responsive if I confronted her with it. When I ask how much she's eaten or whatever, she's totally honest with me. I think she wants the help, and she'll accept it if it's given to her, I just don't know how helpful I would be. So if anyone has any advice, I would really appreciate it.

: thanks,
: Emily

I wish that I could give you a bunch of words of wisdom but unfortunatley I too suffer from anorexia and depresion and am really unsure of how to stop. I would like you to know though that you and Kelsey are both in my prayers. You are a wonderful friend and she couldn't ask for anymore. Don't send yourself over the edge with worry I understand how depresion can do that to you. Just let her know that you are there if she needs to talk. Maybe you should consider offering to take her to a Pshyc. If that boat dosent float I suggest passing on the torch to someone else. Don't neglect yourself, if it becomes to much and you need to vent you can e-mail me anytime and I promise i'll be here in whatver way possible to help.
God Bless and Good Luck, Sarah

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