In a feature I call “Your Turn,” in which you, the readers, get to answer the question, I’m presenting the following letter without commentary from me:
She lives at school most of the time and her parents are generally unaware of the damage she is doing to herself. She took off a semester for medical leave, but she has not made progress in trying to help herself. If anything, she has gotten worse. One of her housemates is an ex-hookup and she undergoes a lot of stress as a result of living with him, but she won’t move out. She expresses suicidal and depressed thoughts on Twitter and gets delusional ideas like writing a book on her experience working at Hooters as a feminist or moving to Philadelphia to be a stripper (I respect anyone else’s choice to strip, but my friend is not in the right state of mind to choose that work). She is contentious with her friends and causes us a lot of drama, stress and worry.
HELP! What should I do? Despite their strained relationship with my friend, I am considering sending an anonymous letter to her parents explaining what I listed above in more detail. I’m afraid that I’ll make her life even worse. — Concerned Friend