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     Deborah updated 1 year, 9 months ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Deborah

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    December 9, 2020 at 9:25 am

    So I (25F) have this childhood friend (25M), who’s just kind of all over the place. When we were teens, he was quite small and kids would often make fun of him for being skinny and having “bieber” hair, up to the point where our classmates started calling him by a typical dog’s name. In high school he got obsessed with going to the gym and, unfortunately, started taking steroids. He stopped a couple years ago, was clean for a while, but lately he’s been replacing it with everything else – all sorts of medication both to improve his stamina and “mental state”. Of course, he gets all of them illegally, without consulting any doctors. Aside from that, he sometimes actually does cocaine with his gym friends. As a result, he’s very unstable, going from manias to depressions in a matter of days. Each time I talk to him about it and express my disapproval, he just gets defensive and claims that “he knows what’s best for him”. I’ve also tried to convince him to go to therapy for years now, but he’s only ever gone to see a psychologist once and since then he says he doesn’t need it. To be honest, lately he’s being kind of a dick, he’s saying stuff like “ugh all your criticism is annoying me, it’s none of your business” (then a few days later he suddenly apologizes for making me worried, and then boom, back to being a dick). Just like back in the days of steroids, I don’t enjoy his company anymore and when he threatens to break ties with me, I low-key welcome it. He seems hopeless to me. On the other hand, I really fear that he’s slowly killing himself. What’s the best thing I can do here?

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