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Originally posted by popeye0314
I do believe that the boards are bad medicine, but try to be rational about things first. You say your friend has a bad relationship with his parents, and doesn't feel loved by them. The fact that you talk about his parents tells me that you are of a younger age, and this may be a problem with your friends mental outlook rather than a problem from the board. You don't have to answer, but if your friend seems at all depressed or has talked a lot about his family situation, I would follow that road first. He may just be looking for a way to express his feelings with out seeming too emotional. If he has been drinking or doing any drugs this would also be a sign that he needs some help. Depression can take many forms, and as his friend you should do whatever it takes to help him. If you can't go to his parents, then go to yours and have them help you. The most important thing is that your friend learn to deal with what ever problems he may be having. Too often we don't see the signs of a problem until it is too late. Just food for thought, hope all goes well.