Troubled woman needs some expert advice
Dear Abby: My wife and I have a friend, "Cara," who lives in another state. It's not a very reciprocal friendship. Cara calls us frequently, but wants to talk only about her problems, which are never-ending. When she visits, she demands our full attention at all times. Frankly, we find her exhausting and would like to cut her out of our lives.
Our worry is that we are some of the few friends Cara has left. She has alienated most of her other friends as well as her parents, sometimes over trivial matters. We know she's depressed and has emotional issues, and we suspect she may have a mental illness. She has been suicidal in the past, but now refuses to see her therapist.
We're worried that if we don't continue serving as her talk therapy – which we find draining – Cara might become so depressed she'll hurt herself. How do we extricate ourselves from this relationship while still doing the right thing? – Worn Out But Worried in Chicago
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