I Think I Have DepressionFeelingsI Think I Have Depression<div class="ExternalClass97364BA571864F228F963713A68733CD"><p>​<span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">I think I have depression idk why but I do. I also want to run away and live with my friend even though I'm 15. I want to do something in the arts so dropping out of school wouldn't do very well for my future.</span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassB302D620F4814CA9B711597DB8345448"><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Thanks for reaching out.  Feeling depressed definitely is not a fun emotional place to be.  Depression is real though.  Luckily it is one of the most treatable mental health diagnosis.  However, if it goes untreated and your own coping skills are not working, it will worsen over time.  It is certainly nothing to be embarrassed about, even if you tell yourself, "I have nothing to be depressed about."  We all have a right to feel.  You cannot help how you feel, because feelings just are.  They come whether we want them to or not.  It would be easy if we could just order them up, but we don't have control of that.  Here are a few tips that you might find helpful:</span></p><p> <a href="/Pages/tip-12-steps-to-overcome-depression.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-12-steps-to-overcome-depression.aspx</span></a></p><p> <a href="/Pages/tip-101-positive-things-to-say-to-myself.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-101-positive-things-to-say-to-myself.aspx</span></a></p><p> <a href="/Pages/tip-how-to-talk-to-parents.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-how-to-talk-to-parents.aspx</span></a></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Sometimes the anticipation of reaching out to a parent and saying, "I am depressed. I think I need help," is scarier than the actual conversation.  If your parents are generally supportive of you, most likely they will want to help with this too.  If you don't want to tell them face to face, show them this email, or write them a letter.  When you hand it to them, you can even tell them that what the letter says is very hard for you to tell them.  Ask if you can talk to them later that day once they have read it.  This does two things:  1-it gives you a sense of relief that finally you are on the road to getting some help 2-it allows your parents to process the information or show an initial reaction without you there because sometimes that initial reaction is what scares a kid the most.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">You wrote that you wish you could live with your friend.  That can be a hard thing to do unless your own parents support that, but think about broaching the topic with them or at least telling them how you feel.  You are right that no matter where you would live, you just have to finish school.  Even some entry level jobs are requiring at least a high school diploma right now, so the job market is getting more competitive.  </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">That's awesome that you already kind of know what your interests are and what area you want to study.  You have a real head start on a lot of kids who have no idea what they really even like not to mention what they want to study.  </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Know that you can reach out anytime.  The Hotline is here for you!</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Laura, Crisis Counselor</span></p></div>15

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