There's that, and then there are people who are doing SO WELL you'd rather put a bullet through your head than meet them and be told how great they are doing. I think there was an episode of IT Crowd along those lines.
Yeah, another reason why I avoid it. It gets into this almost weird competition of "who has the worst problems". Which never turns out well.
This may have just be unique to my particular social circle in the UK, but the reason I didn't like talking things over with my mates when I was in a funk is that it usually became a competition of "who has the worst problems?". It was almost like Top Trumps, Clinical Depression beats Anxiety by three points, prescription for Zoloft trumps Prozac, etc.