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Old 12-11-2018, 08:26 PM   #1
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Default What do you do when a friend may come back?

Hi. For the past four years I have been friends with a woman my age in her 40s who has bi-polar disorder. Twice during this time she has disappeared for close to a year. During the second time which has been nearly all year I have learned a lot about the disorder through reading and with my own therapist that I see for my own depression.

When I came home tonight I received a Christmas card from her in the mail. The note she added in the simple ‘have a Merry…’ vein. I do not know what, if anything, to do now. I would like at least like send a short text to say thanks. Is there anyone with any suggestions or a similar story?

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Old 12-12-2018, 01:43 AM   #2
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I would send a card too or send a text and then leave it open to see if she reaches out again.

I also see this is your first post. Welcome to Psych central
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Hi JayAlex.

I see absolutely no problem with sending off a text thanking her for her well wishes. Adding that you hope she is doing well, and would welcome hearing from her again isn't too full on...leaves the ball in her court.

I also see that this is your first post as a new member...For those wanting to reach out for a chat without judgement......Psych Central is the place. There are many good listeners here... we're a pretty good bunch.

I have been an active member of this site for 4 years. In that time I have received some really constructive feedback and connected with several others with similar challenges to myself. I have also found hanging out in the Games Forums to be a welcome distraction in times of stress... a great way to clear my head, meet like minded others, and have some well needed fun. New members benefit greatly from perusing the many forums available here...lots to explore.

Also after 5 approved posts members have the option to join the chatrooms..or chat one on one with other members.

Should you have any questions on navigating this site, please don't hesitate to private message me or any of the other Community Liaisons who will be more than happy to help. Just click on the screen name above my avatar.

Please be kind & generous to yourself JayAlex, and welcome to P.C
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Old 12-12-2018, 08:06 AM   #4
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I want to say thanks to the both of you for your nice welcome & advice.

When I mentioned my own doctor in my post all my life I have dealt with dysthymic disorder. I would like to keep these boards open & bookmarked my computer.
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I've been the person who disappeared. I dropped off the face of the earth as far as everyone I knew was concerned. Sometimes it comes down to self preservation.

Just a little card or note I'm sure would go so far.
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