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My close friend has been more stressed about things lately. In the last 1-2 years I notice her increasingly complain everything and act cranky and rude to me and other people (unintentionally) often.

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....contd. I feel bad but it's gotten to a point where I don't want to hangout with her or listen to her as much anymore. her negativity bugs me. but she was like my best friend for the last 5 years and yea... not sure how to feel. anyone experience this before?

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Have maybe you been more positive, so you look at her differently? I’ve grown out of a few friends that I’ve been friends with now for about 6 years. Therapist says it happens when we are young. If you really value the relationship then talk to her about it. It won’t be easy, but if she truly respects your opinion she will listen to you. Maybe not at first but eventually.

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My best friend lives on the other side of the planet. We don’t see each other much nor talk very often, but when we did in the past few years, it was usually not very positive. I went through a very difficult personal time a few years ago, finally crawled my way out, and she’s been having difficulties in the past year or two. When I had my rough time, she was there for me. I could always get her on the phone over the weekend despite the 12 hour time difference. She probably thought I was too negative whenever I talked to her about my problem but she never complained. She listened, and sometimes cried with me, making me feel like she was right by my side. Now that I’m in a good position but she’s going through a divorce + stressful new job + physical injury, sometimes she calls me and just cries. But I will always be there for her because she was there for me and I know she doesn’t allow herself to do that in front of most other people. It’s ok to take breaks from your friend if you feel tired. But if she’s your best friend, don’t quit on her. (We’ve never been rude to each other, granted)

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I think relocating to a different country is stressful so I could understand that But not cool to make it difficult for you to be on trips together or around other people or bossing you around Sometimes you gotta stand up for yourself. If she can’t deal with it then maybe she shouldn’t be your best friend.

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