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I'm not sure. - May 4th 2018, 03:00 AM

Hi, so I'm not sure if this girl is faking having depression. She is in four of my classes and I am not friends with her, and when she is in the classroom she acts different than in the hallways and at lunch. When she is in the hallways and at lunch and I see her she is laughing, joking around with different people and always happy. Then when we get into classes she acts confused and says she doesn't understand what is happening, can't do her homework and she is mean to us. Some of the teachers are nice to her and some tell her to stop what she is doing. Then she yells out that she has depression, no one says anything in class. I don't really know what to say. I am wondering if anyone can try to help me with this please. Thank you.
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Re: I'm not sure. - May 6th 2018, 09:43 PM

Hey there,

I don't think anyone can tell you if the person is faking. It is possible that she is, I suppose. However, in my opinion, if she is faking depression there is still an issue. People that fake having illnesses for attention or what have you still need support. The reason is that if someone feels they have to fake an illness for attention then they obviously have things going on in their lives that are making them feel that they do not have support. Now, if this girl does have depression that doesn't give her the right to be mean to you all. I know that some people with depression have irritability (I get that way) but we all must be accountable for our actions even if we are irritable due to depression etc.

You said that this girl acts happy in the halls but it's possible that she feels comfortable with the people she is laughing with or it's possible that she is faking happiness so her friends do not worry.

I think that if you are really concerned about this you could consider talking to the school counselor about this. They might already be aware of the situation and they might be trying to help this person. However, they might also be able to provide you with ways to cope with this particular situation.

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Re: I'm not sure. - May 9th 2018, 08:09 PM

Hi, thank you so much for your reply and help. I talked with my school counselor today and told her about this and she is going to talk with her to see if she needs help or anything. Thank you again.
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Re: I'm not sure. - May 18th 2018, 10:08 PM

I don't know. The laughing at lunch has nothing to do with it, as I've had professionals confirm that I have major depression but I still laugh and enjoy being with my friends.

To me it seems like she might have depression as she is very mood-swingy and can't really focus on a task. But she's using it as a crutch and an excuse to act out, like she's privileged just because she's depressed. Sounds annoying.
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