Anonymous asked: Hi there, sorry to bother but I have a question. I found out from a good friend of mine, which also happens to be good friends with my brother that he(my brother) is depressed and has been taking anti-depressants. She tells me that she doesn't really think my brother is REALLY depressed, but she knows that he's just not very happy. Do you think I should do anything about it? Thanks a bunch<3
Before I begin, I will assume that your good friend did not hear this from a ill-founded rumour. Now, is he taking anti-depressants that were not prescribed to him? Are your parents aware of this? Has he been with a therapist before? I personally would approach him first and gently ask about how he is about this. Don’t beat around the bush because the depressants adds urgency as they can be a threat to his health, but don’t scold or anything of the like—you want to show that you care, and not that he is doing something stupid, etc. If he is unwilling, you might have to speak with a parent about it, especially if those medications aren’t his. Most importantly, just be there for him and make it well-known that you are available and want to help him, be it lending an ear or anything else. Keep in mind he might be reluctant to share with you, but that doesn’t mean there’s no need for you to worry about him.
Again, no need for apologies when asking me because I am more than glad to share a few words and a perspective on your situation. Thank you for sharing with me.