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Finding friends in Fresno?

My mother moved to Fresno 4 years ago, to be near her sister. She likes it here, more or less. However, she is 65, single, bored, and I have run out of suggestions. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by ananci on Sep 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Saving Throw Against Depression

Inadvertently/accidentally more-or-less kicked out of gaming group. How to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by BecauseIHadFiveDollars on Sep 5, 2014 - 22 answers

Need help sorting out a very complicated friendship

Just over a year ago, I met this guy, let's call him A, via email. He got in touch with me requesting some of my tutoring services and asked if I were willing to teach him via Skype. This tutoring relationship collapsed after a few months due to a number of factors but he insisted we stay in touch on a more personal level. I quickly learned that he'd gone through a lot in life: abuse, estranged family, homelessness. I wanted to learn about his life and be there for him because it became apparent that he didn't have any fixtures of support in his life whatsoever. The nature of our friendship became more and more intense. All-night phone calls became the norm and it began to have a significant effect on my ability to function in my already hectic life. After several months of this, all of the following have happened: I told him that I felt our friendship was dysfunctional and that we should cease contact, he told me that he couldn't live without me and said he was in love with me. And then made a last-minute trip to visit me. I'm so confused and lost as to how to handle this situation and desperately need perspective. Big ol' wall of text inside. [more inside]
posted by csjc on Jun 4, 2014 - 42 answers

How can I pass as a normal person?

Pretending to be normal. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Oct 5, 2012 - 28 answers

How to make friends?

Angry and lost. I don't know where to find people to connect to. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on Sep 9, 2012 - 35 answers

How can I want to make plans

I have social anxiety that psychs me out about making plans. I moved to a new city about seven months ago and still haven't seen old friends and extended family members that I really should see. Even though I enjoy hanging out with them, thinking about hanging out with them can feel like a stressful chore. I'm trying to get it together to see them and start being social, but a) how do I explain that I DO like them and am not trying to be a dismissive jerk and b) how can I stop having this problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Caught up in more shame.

I did some out of character, stupid things while in the middle of a long nervous breakdown. I told many of my close friends. Now how do I handle the shame? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 15 answers

I need to explain depression to people with no working understanding of it

Help me explain depression to my well meaning (I think) but clueless friends and family. Looking for an article or a blog that I can direct them to. [more inside]
posted by tulip-socks on Jan 13, 2012 - 25 answers

How do I enjoy my life again when I feel so alone?

How do I not feel so depressed when after years of trying I still don't fit in anywhere? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Dec 8, 2011 - 23 answers

How can I convince myself that I can actually make friends?

How can I stop feeling broken and try to make friends without baggage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 - 14 answers

How to quit being an unwilling asshole?

Tell me how to be yourself when your 'self' is terrible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 - 23 answers

How do I ask for money from people who care about me in a way that makes it easy for them to refuse?

How do I ask for money from people who care about me in a way that makes it easy for them to refuse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2011 - 8 answers

friendship and depression, how to reconnect?

How to re-connect with friends while depressed/trying to get over depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me become popular.

Please help me make friends in college. [more inside]
posted by nikayla_luv on Oct 30, 2010 - 23 answers

How do I start over?

How do I overcome this crushing sense of regret at my "lost 20s" and how do I build a life from scratch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 - 25 answers

I'm depressed and need my friends. How do I let them know?

I was fired last week, and I've been feeling very down since then. I need my friends to take spend some extra time with me this week. Although I wrote an email to them and explained what happened and how I needed a night out or two, none of them have responded. How do I let my friends know about my level of depression and how much I need them right now without alarming them or seeming manipulative? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 - 37 answers

Help me help a friend struggling with long-term depression.

Friend with depression (treated with meds), seems to have plateaued with any progress and still occasionally thinks of suicide. I am there for him as much as possible but it kills me to see him like this. Is there anything I should know, or that I could do or say at the right time to help him move forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2009 - 13 answers

Isolation Fatigue

What happened to my ability to trust in and connect with people? How do I regain it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2009 - 9 answers

What to to get for a depressed friend?

What to get for a depressed friend? One of my friends has had a very bad week. She found out she needs surgery and lost a ton of work because her flash drive was stolen. I want to get her a gift to show her everything will be alright and I am here for her. Some info, she is college age and very smart. She has a boyfriend though so nothing too romantic. Prefer something available locally due to time constraints, but I'm not against shopping online.
posted by DJWeezy on Mar 6, 2009 - 19 answers

should i contact my friend's therapist reagarding decisions my friend is making?

Could/Should I contact my friend's therapist to deter my friend from making bad decisions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2009 - 34 answers

Spending a long weekend alone.

I'm off work the next four days over the New Year's holiday & weekend. I am usually a very social person, but I live alone and I don't have much of anything planned this weekend. And I'm worried about spending the whole weekend alone, because I think I will get really lonely and unhappy. How can I enjoy myself? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Dec 31, 2008 - 20 answers

Unhappy Birthday

I had a shitty birthday today that seemed to confirm all my suspicions about my friendships, and my life in general, and now I'm not sure how to rebound. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Aug 10, 2008 - 68 answers

Helping a friend from a distance...

I’m worried about an old friend of mine who lives far away and has been going through some tough times. I want to be a good friend to her, but I fear that she might rely a little too much on my long-distance friendship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Moderately screwed up. Hand me that ratchet, Nurse.

Therapy or bootstraps? I have no friends beyond immediate family and online acquaintances. I can't clean house or do my home-based job because I get distracted -- by surfing the Net, even though it gets boring and I get less and less pleasure from it, by eating, by walking around the house, or by doing anything but the productive work I know I need to do to be happy. I have a very difficult time even reading a complete book, and I have always been an avid reader. And I have almost completely starved the creative part of myself. I have almost nothing to show for my life over the past twenty years. [more inside]
posted by rosemere on Apr 2, 2007 - 19 answers

What to get to cheer up a friend?

Cheer-up-a-friend-fliter: My friend was just let go from her job because hiring someone new would be cheaper on her employer's budget. [more inside]
posted by echolex on Dec 19, 2005 - 16 answers

A Friend's Past

A very good, close friend of mine for at least 16 years, recently revealed something to me . . . [more inside]
posted by yesster on Jul 30, 2004 - 32 answers

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