How to reach out to a friend with social anxiety

I have a friend with severe social anxiety and depression. He lives with his mom now, doesn't leave the house, and I (and all of our shared friends) haven't seen him in about two years. All of our attempts to email/call/visit haven't worked and he won't reply. I know he's in therapy, but I'd love to help him if I can.

Is there any way I can reach out in a way that would feel safe for him?

I'm a therapist with self-harm scars

I am a Residential Therapist and a recent graduate. And I have concern about how to address my self-harm scars to my clients.

I have considered surgery for the major scars and tattoos for the minor scars. Looking for insight from others in the professional or helping field.

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Panic attack chronicles: Don't let your mental illness bully you

My husband drove us home in my car, sans groceries. I sobbed the whole way, shaking and panicking, and thinking "I'm such a weak fucking loser. I wonder if he'll leave me. I hope he does — he'd be better off."

But having panic attacks/mental illness doesn't make you unlovable, or a bad partner, as long as you are being proactive about caring for your mental health…

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I'm a father and I want to talk about parenting with depression

I'm sure other parents have gone through this, and it's not a topic we talk about a lot. Postpartum depression has gotten a lot of press in recent years (as it should), but depression impacts dads as well. As men, we tend to avoid these kinds of topics by and large; which is foolish, but that doesn't make it any less the case.

So let's talk about parenting with depression…

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I have a mother with a personality disorder

I know many people can relate to the guilt, anger and destroyed self-esteem that can resulted from a parents' manipulative behaviors through-out childhood, without me even having to rant about the exact ways my mother's personality disorder attempted to destroy her kids. There are as many ways to deal with someone like my mom as there are unhealthy relationships. I would like to share my experience with a mother with a personality disorder, in the hopes that it might resonate with someone.

Keep in mind, I am not an expert. But here is how a bruised kid somehow grew into a happy, confident adult…