Advice by Jenn Vicious
Jenn Vicious answers your questions about depression, talkative partners, and “dropping out”.
My little sister was recently diagnosed with anxiety and depression and started taking meds two weeks ago. I’m really worried about her: she’s away at school in Los Angeles and I’m home in Texas. How do I support her from a distance without seeming like I’m freaking out about her (which I kind of am). She’s going through something super painful and I don’t want her to feel alone. I feel powerless and shitty and worried and weak and whiny. How do I handle this and help her out?
Sometimes it’s better to admit that you’re freaking out, rather than to try to hide it. I say better in part because most people suck at “hiding it”, and things can get weird. I think in this instance, you should just have a calm conversation with your sister. Say “I’m really worried about you. Is there anything I can do to help you out?” She might not have clear requests right now, but knowing that you care and that you want to offer support might be good to hear.