About six years ago, a friend was telling me about a friend of his who was a high school teacher and he lost his job because of depression. He was in a hospital for it and was diagnosed as having major depression and being bi-polar. At the time a group of friends decided to collect money from everyone to help this guy out. He needed a place to live, and needed a computer so someone give him an old one which still worked. From time to time, people have told me if they have something they think he could use or would enjoy, the ship it to him.
I got to know this guy a little through Facebook myself and told me he wanted to start an online business since he couldn’t find a job. I’m an IT guy, so I offered to do a website for him and host it too, for free. I never made that offer to anyone before, but him being a former teacher and so many people helping him out, and I’ve never heard anything but good things about him, so I felt comfortable.
It’s been six years now. He never took me up on my offer to do a website for him. For the first year or so I would mention it to him and never any action. He still doesn’t have a website. Every so often I think of him, look at his Facebook timeline and he is still troubled and getting assistance from people for every day things. I can’t help but feel sorry for the guy. He is very open about what is going on his in life such as what medications he is on, and his daily struggles, and what he needs.
Now, I didn’t know this guy before he lost his job, so I can’t speak to how he was before, but all I can do is observe now and I find it strange that he can’t work, never took me up on an offer to get him going, yet he is able to post to Facebook about 4 or 5 times a day commenting on news stories, discussion sports and other leisure activities. He also takes trips to teacher conference type events, and post tons of photos saying he’s having a great time.
I’ve know close friends with depression, and none of them so bad they hold a job, but I have heard of their struggles. One told me it was the hardest thing in the world for them to make it through a normal work day when they were feeling depressed, but managed to do it.
It takes time and energy to do the activities he is posting about on Facebook, so I don’t fully understand why he can’t have a job of any kind. Yet he got evicted from his apartment and was forced to move. He posted thanking the tons of people who showed up to help him move. I’m sure others bought items and did other things for him too, even though not all of it was mentioned on his Facebook page.
Anyone have experience with this? Is his condition with depression typical that he can put in effort to do things he likes doing, but not to do anything that would actually help himself out and stop accepting hand-outs from well-meaning people? Is part of this condition that he works against his own best interests?
I’m asking because I’m just trying to understand. Are the people who are helping him doing the wrong thing? Does that just make him worse?