A pretty close friend of mine unloaded on me recently that she's been feeling overwhelmed and depressed about the way her life is going. A lot of it has to do with her job situation-- she graduated summa cum laude with a business degree, hoping to start a job in the Department of Defense, but due to petty office politics her application was rejected by her branch. Now she tells me that she barely has enough energy to keep her house clean, and she just feels hopeless and panicky and like she's a burden on everyone.
I've talked to her about maybe seeking some help, but unfortunately there's a slight risk that if she does eventually get the job at DoD she will be uneligible for security clearance due to having seen a mental health professional, so naturally she's afraid to go that route.
Would anyone have advice? I just feel so helpless-- she's completely changed in personality from how she was a few months ago, and all I want is for her to be happy with her life again.