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The trouble signs can seem almost innocuous for people who pride themselves on their stubborn self-reliance and ability to weather adversity.


For some, it is a sense of nagging bewilderment: "I don't know where to turn, and I don't know how to think straight."

For others, it might be an offhand admission: "I'm not feeling like myself," or "My husband is just not right."

And for the most deeply troubled: "I just can't keep going," or "I'm thinking about ending it all."

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to