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  1. Hi everyone. So off and on over the last few years, I just can't figure out why I do not feel very happy. My life is as close to perfect as it could get. I have a great family, great girlfriend, am fit, and am very successful in just about everything I do. I haven't had anything rearly bad happen to me my entire life. Everything is great. I just don't know why I do not feel happy when I do things that I like. I feel happy, but it doesn't feel like a deep happiness. It only seems to last briefly and not very sincere. I spend a lot of time helping others and doing things I enjoy, but it just seems like none of it is good enough. I have no idea why I feel like this since almost everything in my life is well above average. Does anyone else feel this way or have any suggestions?
  2. Hi everyone. So off and on over the last few years, I just can't figure out why I do not feel very happy. My life is as close to perfect as it could get. I have a great family, great girlfriend, am fit, and am very successful in just about everything I do. I haven't had anything rearly bad happen to me my entire life. Everything is great. I just don't know why I do not feel happy when I do things that I like. I feel happy, but it doesn't feel like a deep happiness. It only seems to last briefly and not very sincere. I spend a lot of time helping others and doing things I enjoy, but it just seems like none of it is good enough. I have no idea why I feel like this since almost everything in my life is well above average. Does anyone else feel this way or have any suggestions?
  3. Thanks for the replies. To answer a few questions, he is not been on medication and has not ever gone to counseling, although I have suggested that it may help. His parents have known that he has been depressed, but they haven't done much to help other than just be there for him and talk to him. Any time I bring up the fact that he may need help from either counseling or medicine, he says that he is not that depressed and does not need any help. He still acts depressed though and tells me how bad things are. I don't know if there is a point where I just need to be here when he needs me and accept whatever decision he makes or continue to push him to get help. I've tried for a while to help him, but I have a ton of things going on in my life as well (good things, not stressful things) and I just don't have the time to put so much effort in every day to help him.
  4. Hi everyone. I have had a friend living with depression for years. We are both sophomore's in college and have been friends since elementary school. He has been acting this way since about the beginning of high school. In middle school and high school, he was teased by some of his classmates, but the teasing was never severe and never reached physical bullying. He says he was bullied in high school, although my observations did not see it as any more than minor teasing, he took it much more serious. He has had very few friends, me being really the only person that has stuck with him all these years. He does have other people he has hung out with and talked to, but he says that he does not have any other friends besides me. He became very depressed to the point that I was concerned for his safety during about our junior year of high school. I would talk to him every day and he would always say how much he hated his life and how things were never going to get better and he had nothing to look forward to in life. He made many suicidal comments back then, and eventually I told his mom about the situation and she told me he had attempted suicide twice in his life, when he was much younger. I didn't know this. Anyway, this depression that was very bad continued until our freshman year of college. A big thing that made him upset was that he never had a girlfriend and never thought he would get one. Our freshman year he began dating a girl that he cared about a lot. He was still a negative person during this dating period, but a lot of his depression no longer showed or he didn't have it anymore. They dated for around 6 months and he thought they would stay together a very long time. It has only been around 1 month since they broke up, and I can already see him dipping back into his depressive state. He has no hope for the future, never thinks he will find anyone else to date, says things such as "I'm lost", "You just don't get it", and also says he cries a lot. He says some things that a lot of sites say are warnings signs for a suicidal person, but he has talked to me about suicide within the last year and said they he won't ever do that and doesn't think about it anymore. I don't usually take those comments too seriously because he has said them a lot within the past few years, but still says he won't do it. Anyway, I can already see that this is taking a turn for the worse once again and I do not want to return to the situation during our senior year of high school in which I was constantly worried about him hurting himself and it was greatly affecting my life and relationships because I was very stressed. I just can't deal with all the pressure and stress if he returns to this terrible depressive state. I don't know what to do to give him some positive outlook for the future or do something to help him. Thanks in advance for the replies.
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