April 19th, 2007

breaking bad

When a friend loses it

Thanks to fjm for the link, there is an excellent and thought provoking post by hilzoy at Obsidian Wings, who helped a friend who was experiencing homicidal fantasies of the sort that occasionally end in tragedy.

There were lots of books in the Counseling/Self-Help sections of bookstores with titles like: When Someone You Love Is Thinking Of Suicide; but there were no books called: When Someone You Love Is Thinking Of Going Postal. I went to the counseling center at the college I worked for, but they had very little help to offer... I tried to convince him to see a psychiatrist, and ultimately I succeeded, but "ultimately" here means after two and a half years, and then only by somewhat dubious means. It also means one and a half years after he bought the gun.

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