Serious topic over here, that I am seeking advice from fellow TTers.. I have a close friend who is going through a depression right now. She is currently dealing with a self inflicted injury that may impede her life long goal. Some background on her situation. All her life for the past thirty years, she has been striving hard to be a medical surgeon. Despite growing up in a dysfunctional family, and having to work to pay for her way through high school, college and med school, she never once back down from all these difficulties. She is an ambitious one, and she never fails to top her cohort in work or study. She simply does not accept being second best. Just a couple of months back, she injured her arm in a work related incident and despite trying all forms of remedy, nothing seems to work. She is worried this will be a chronic situation that will stay with her forever and that her dreams, goals and thirty years of suffering that is almost coming to fruition, will come to naught. I am not worried about the medical recovery that she has to go through but I am worried that she keeps going back into her hole of despair and regret. She keeps blaming herself for doing this unto herself and despite encouraging and getting her to look at things on the bright side, nothing seems to work. She is one of the most pessimistic person I have ever known. What other advise should I give to her? Seriously I am running out of ideas. How does Nadal go on winning tournaments after tournaments despite being diagnosed with a career ending foot injury at the age of 19? I am sure some of you here have lofty dreams of being a sports professional only to be let down by some injury or some unforeseen circumstances. How did you deal with the regret?