Depression question, please help!

  1. hey everyone I really need some help and didn't know where else to turn to. (I also have no idea where to post this). I have a friend that is going through depression. At first I thought she was anorexic because she is insanely thin. After I talked to her she assured me she is not. I believe because we both enjoy talking about food ideas etc and I know she does eat. I know she not bulimic because her teeth look fine and her breath is ok, she doesn't exactly look sickly other than how thin she is.

    We I hadn't seen her in over a week and she has lost fat again. I saw her wearing shorts and could not believe how skinny she has gotten. it seriously looks gross and this breaking my heart to look at her.

    I'm worried perhaps it is anorexia although I don't think it is. I'm sure you guys will know more about it that I do. I just don't know what to do about it. Any thoughts?
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  3. by   alex2
    speak to her, let her know is able to trust you. Is she going through any cancer treatments?
  4. by   OCNRN63
    We can't give you medical advice here, per TOS.
  5. by   Esme12
    You need to let her, and her famly know of your concerns and have her seek medical help asap.....we can't offer medical advice but I can pray for her.
  6. by   SeeTheMoon
    Just my two cents, I have suffered from severe anxiety my whole life and there are times when I just do not eat well and will drop weight pretty quickly. Maybe depression does this to her.
    Looks like she has a good friend looking out for her.
  7. by   rn/writer
    We can't give medical advice here. And even if we could, we certainly can't do it second hand. But I can encourage you to contact NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) or eating disorder support groups to help you weigh your options and learn how to communicate your concerns to your friend. Whether she is grappling with depression, eating issues or something else entirely, the groups I mentioned offer help for friends and family members who are having a hard time watching someone they care about struggle.

    BTW, the fact that someone talks about food and recipes is not a reliable indicator of whether or not they have an eating disorder. Neither is condition of teeth and or the presence or absence of breath odor a good way to gauge the possibility of bulimia. An eating disorder website can explain why.

    Your friend is fortunate to have someone who is so caring in her life.

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