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Minimal communication, depressed, fear ridden, insecurity. How can the situation be changed?

Hey Doc, Hi ! I've just made a girlfriend :) but she has a problem.. previously she had a boyfriend , used to overrule her. He has completely changed her life. He always dominated on her..always told her "don't wear this--don't do that--don't go there ..blah blah blah.." :( Its like..In 1st year of our graduation she was charming, jolly-mind and ever smiling type :P but after spending 3 years with her boyfriend, she has changed herself completely. she has stopped chatting enormously, stopped enjoying every moment with me and with her friends( i was, and i am her best friend) Now she has started looking things in a weird way. In fact , she has made her life so Sad that I feel the pain of her grief . Now after she has broke with her boyfriend, she is with me. I want her to be like she previously was. I want her face smiling every time, every second . I want to erase all bad memories from her mind . I want to start a new life with her BUT some of her feelings come back and ruins our present :'( this sucks !! Now I use to spend more of my time with her to let her in comfort but she still feel sort of 'unprotected' and 'frightened'. I love her so much and don't want her to live in such a miserable condition. Please suggest something that will improve our love relationship and bring her life back :)
Asked On : Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Thanks for writing to health care magic.
From the description u have give it appears that she is suffering with severe depression. She had a very truamatic experience in her past life. This could have precipitated her proble. She needs psychiatrist's help. Her problem can be helped with counseling, psychotherapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy etc) and medications. She needs antidepressants and anxiolytics. A good psychiatrist can definitely bring her smiles back. She can get back her past happiness. But it is important that u don't delay the consultation
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Psychiatrist Dr. Nehal Shah's  Response
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I have gone through your available history. Your friend is suffering from Depression or adjustment disorder. You should take her to a qualified psychiatrist for detailed evaluation and management.
She may be benefited with Antidepressant drugs along with sedatives. She also needs to have counselling and psychotherapy to get rid of her past.
You should continue your moral support to her which helps to emerge out of her condition.
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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