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Dear Megan,
Lately, my friend has been very depressed. He doesn't sleep much (only about two or three hours a night, if anything) and never really eats. He doesn't want to talk to me anymore, and if I ask him what's wrong, he just blows me off. He has friends, a great girlfriend, and is really smart. I'm really worried about him. What can I do?
-- Worried

Dear Worried,
Sometimes people just have a down time. They need to be by themselves. Your friend might be going through a "down time" now. Keep trying to talk to him. Let him know that you are there for him and that you care about him.

But if this "down time" lasts for more than two weeks, he may need professional help. He may be suffering from severe depression and may need the help of a counselor. Talk to a parent or guidance counselor. A phone call to Crisis Services, 834-3131, can also help.

I applaud you for taking action. If a situation like this went unnoticed, it might lead to tragic consequences.

By helping him through this rough time, it shows that you are a true friend.

Got a problem? Write to Megan in care of NeXt, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

Megan is really Lauren Richardson, a sophomore at West Seneca East High School.

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