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Exclamation I'm really worried for my best friend - October 3rd 2013, 04:08 AM

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Hi guys.

So, my best friend moved 400 miles away to college this fall, and yesterday she told me she's been really stressed. It's to the point that she was beginning to wonder how long it would take to hit the bottom of the gulch outside her 10th-floor window.

Also, over the past two days she said she's gotten about 4 hours of sleep. She says that she just lays there for hours, mind racing, until she can finally calm down enough, but then she doesn't sleep, only falls into lucid dreaming, before the cycle repeats all over again.

My friend has (in my opinion) had big issues with anxiety in the past, and her 17 units in college this semester definitely isn't helping. She called the counseling services on campus today, but was told there was a three-week wait. They gave her other low-cost options, but she doesn't want to go because it's too far away via public transportation.

I do not think that she can wait three weeks. As far as I know, she's still on her parents' medical insurance, so I told her that she should call the advice nurse and get their opinion, and maybe try to schedule an appointment with a doctor. I don't think she'll go for it, though. She's determined to not miss a single class, and is running on empty.

I would love if anyone has some advice or tips that I could pass along, or maybe some resources I could send her way. I'm crazy worried about her, but am at a loss of what to do.


TL;DR: My best friend is having severe anxiety, to the point of potentially suicidal thoughts, and I desperately need advice for her.

Thank you so much for reading!
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Re: I'm really worried for my best friend - October 8th 2013, 12:36 AM

First of all, I would suggest she see a doctor or someone about this. I understand how she doesn't want to miss class for something like this but if it's not taken under control soon then things would just get harder and worse for her. You could suggest they signup here and get support here as well through the various options. Not really sure of any other online resources. Hope I've helped some!
   
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Re: I'm really worried for my best friend - October 8th 2013, 12:52 AM

Hi,

You are a really great friend for caring about her so much.
Possibly suggest to her that she drop some classes. Seventeen units is a lot of work to do and colleges have add/drop periods. Also, if the add/drop period is over, she can withdraw, that would put a W on her transcript but this would not be counted against her. She can talk to her advisor about this; most advisors are very understanding (or they are at my school).
Keep encouraging her to go see the doctor or visit some of the low-cost options the counseling center offered her. These are all of the suggestions I can think of for now and I hope they are helpful.


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