Dear Abby

Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: I'm watching the slow-motion destruction of a childhood friend on Facebook. There is substance abuse, infidelity, divorce, the whole lot.

He recently admitted that he has struggled with depression for years, but insists he isn't interested in seeing a doctor or a counselor. What resources are available for someone who is clinically depressed and self-medicating? -- TRYING TO HELP IN THE WEST

DEAR TRYING: Support groups for people who are depressed and/or have emotional issues exist. But to join one, the person must admit there is a problem and help is needed. Because your friend is resistant to the idea of professional help, you might suggest a group called Emotions Anonymous.  If you would like more information, you can find it at emotionsanonymous.org.

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating this woman for a few years. We aren't in a committed relationship, but she wants me exclusively to herself. She made a comment she made took me over the edge.

She told me that my late wife's picture should only be displayed in my children's room, and that I'm still holding onto her. I will never remove any pictures of my children's mother out of respect not only for my departed loved one, but for my children as well. What do you think of this? -- RESPECTFUL IN TEXAS

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DEAR RESPECTFUL: If you keep a photo of your late wife next to your bed, I can see how it might bother someone you have been dating for a few years. That said, if displaying a picture of your wife in a public room of your home is so threatening to this woman that she would make the kind of scene, it may be time to replace her with someone who is less easily threatened.

DEAR ABBY: I have been happily married to my husband of 40 years. He is a good husband, provider and father. Only one thing about him really bothers me. When he is telling a story, he frequently "embellishes" it.

What he says doesn't really matter or hurt anyone, but it still bothers me.

I don't understand why he even does it. I have asked him about it, and he doesn't really explain. Do you have any idea what would make a person do this? -- WIFE IN WONDERLAND

DEAR WIFE: Some people "embellish" to impress or to make themselves look more important, or because they think it will make the story more entertaining or exciting. It might help to reassure him that you love him just the way he is.

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