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What to Do When Your Friend Is in an Abusive Relationship

By Elizabeth Gulino — 2020

Here is some general advice about how to be there for a friend who you suspect or know is experiencing domestic violence.

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I Was Ghosted By My Friends When I Got Cancer

You not calling, as a friend, can actually compound the grief and loss they are feeling. Just pick up the phone, even if you get it wrong, just have a conversation and do your best. Your friend with cancer is still the same person they were before.

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9 Ways to Help a Victim of Domestic Violence

If you know or suspect that someone is a victim of domestic violence, you might feel clueless about the best way to help. Don't let a fear of saying the wrong thing prevent you from reaching out.

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Domestic Abuse: How to Help Someone You Think Might Be at Risk

A common concern is feeling like you don’t know enough to respond well, but simply listening can help someone to break the silence around their situation.

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Abusive Relationships Are Disturbingly Common. Here’s How to Support a Loved One

Perhaps the most important takeaway is the power of friendship . . . a friend can be a lifeline.

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What to Say to Someone Who Lost a Parent or Loved One

No matter what you say to someone whose parent or loved one died, it should be derivative of the same goal: communicating empathy and offering assistance, understanding what a person might need from you, and knowing how to phrase sentiments the right way.

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Advice on Dire Diagnoses From a Survivor

With each diagnosis, knowing her life hung in the balance, she was “stunned, then anguished” and astonished by “how much energy it takes to get from the bad news to actually starting on the return path to health.”

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Misophonia Complicates Relationships in Complex Ways

Understanding how and why can help people cope with the disorder.

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Why an Autistic Person May Push for a Closer Friendship Right Away

Does your autistic loved one tend to overshare or overexplain? We don't mean to come off as desperate or creepy, we just connect differently.

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An Autistic Teen Girl’s Tips on How to Make and Maintain Friends

Advice often means more when it comes from someone who has walked in your shoes. Perhaps these tips for making friends from an autistic teen will spark some inspiration!

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Friendships Pose Unique Challenges for Women on the Spectrum

Many autistic people have trouble making and keeping friends. This has led to the myth that they don’t want friends3. In reality, they long for friendships just like anyone else. But they face unique challenges in forming and maintaining them.

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