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Hi, I reconnected with a man at my college reunion in June. He has really opened up to me about some lifelong mental health issues that run in his family. Mother was in, out of depression, tried suicide. Finally, as med science improved, she was placed on meds which stabilized her. It sounds like her behavior while he was growing up has had a profound effect on him, even now- 40th college reunion! He seems to have inherited the genetic, probably not as severely. Has been on Paxil 20mg for long time. It seems he is now in a pretty low phase. finally has set up app't to get new counseling about his childhood. Has brother who had opposite Rh of mom, is profoundly retarded and in a state home. On the phone yesterday, he was talking about finally getting some therapy which he never had to start to work all this through. My question to you is, he said he also "has a dark side." What would you say that means? contemplates suicide? I am so blessed- I don't hv a tendency toward depression and very little of it in my family history. Possibly my fraternal grandmother had depression, never diagnosed. Passed away long ago. So, I don't know what "Having a dark side" means bc I've never heard it said in my family. I don't want to say anything wrong to this person but I'd like to say something helpful. So far, all I've said (in email), is "When you see the therapist, please say something right away that you have a dark side." Hope that was OK. I don't want him to be so low that he sees no way out. I think the Robin Williams suicide really touched a nerve with him. Thanks for your input, Holly