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What Would You Do?

Mental illness can be difficult to deal with and even harder to talk about. If you have a friend with a mood disorder, you may feel like you don't know what to say or do to help. Take this quiz to figure out how well you might support a friend in need.

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  1. You've noticed your friend Dan hasn't been doing well in school at all lately. He used to get good grades but lately he's been sleeping through class, not handing in homework, or just skipping school entirely. What do you do?

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    Say nothing. You're not his parent and it's not your business whether or not he wants to do his homework. Leave the guy alone.
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    Point out to him that if his grades continue to slip he won't be able to play on the basketball team this season.
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    Let him know that you're worried about him and offer to go with him to talk to a guidance counselor.
  2. You've noticed that your friend Ashley has started drinking. At first you didn't think anything of it because it was only during parties but now she is getting drunk every single weekend. What do you do?

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    Ask her if she's noticed a change in her drinking and talk with her about her feelings about her drinking.
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    Tell her that you think she's becoming an alcoholic and threaten to cut her out of your life if she doesn't stop.
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    Tell her that if she doesn't stop drinking, you'll tell her parents.
  3. Your friend Melissa reveals to you that she has done some reading online and feels that she may be struggling with depression. What do you do?

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    Tell her that you don't really trust whatever information she found online, but that you will support her either way.
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    Encourage her to bring the information to the doctor with her.
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    Let her know that she is more than likely overreacting and that everyone feels sad sometimes.
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