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 didnt 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 didnt know why she had been feeling like that. From what I could see she had a lot going or 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 Danas 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 hat 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 didnt worry as much and that it was easier for her to sleep. Finally Shes the old Dana again. I am so glad that she lived and got the help she needed.