Struggles In Life Essay, Research Paper
Several months ago my best friend, Dana McFarland, tried to do a terrible thing.
She tried to take her own life by overdosing on some pills. I was really shocked when I
found out. I asked her why she didn?t let anyone know how she was feeling. She replied,
?I felt like no one would understand.? I told her she could always talk to me about
anything, and I would do my best to try and help her.
Dana told me that she had felt really depressed for weeks. She also told me she
didn?t know why she had been feeling like that. From what I could see she had a lot going
for her. Dana had just gotten a brand new car, she had a great boyfriend, and she had
friends and family that loved her. It seemed that Dana was living the life I always wanted.
Dana told me that after she took those pills she laid there for about ten minutes and then
realized that she did not want to die. Dana told her mother what she did, and the
ambulance took her to the hospital.
At the hospital they ran some test on her and made her drink some black stuff
called charcoal. Dana told me that it tasted really nasty. She said it almost made her throw
up. The doctors told her that if she drank all the charcoal that she would be okay. They
made Dana stay at the hospital for four hours for observation. After the four hours were
up they said that she could go home, but she need to get help as soon as possible.
The next day Dana?s parents took her to charter. They did evaluated her. Dana
told me they asked her a whole lot of questions and that some of them were really dumb
ones. She told them that she still felt depressed, but that she did not want to die. Dana
realized now that there were people willing to help her. The woman at Charter told Dana
that they felt like she did not need to be admitted, but she needed to see a psychiatrist.
They told Dana that she would probably need to be put medication.
A couple weeks later Dana went to go see the psychiatrist. The doctor talked to
her and put her on some medication. Dana said that it was called Prozac. After about
three weeks on the medication Dana said that she started to notice a difference. Dana told
me that she didn?t worry as much and that it was easier for her to sleep. Finally She?s the
old Dana again. I am so glad that she lived and got the help she needed.