Major DepressionFeelingsMajor Depression<div class="ExternalClass1B9EA55F6D8F4B75987B6F1529386436"><p style="font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;">​<span>I am suffering from major depression. I am currently on medication prescribed by my dad, (he is a psychiatrist), and I am having troubles keeping anxiety and depression away. At school, it is not as bad because I'm distracted by friends and classwork. when I get home, though, it's just me, my dad, and my sister. I feel so lonely after school and especially whenever I have free time and nothing to do. I know I can't be around my friends all the time, but what can I do to not feel these horrible feelings? ​</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div><div class="ExternalClass484B16A0CFBF4A43BE5C5E4FA770FE57"><div><div class="ExternalClass1B9EA55F6D8F4B75987B6F1529386436"><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>We are glad you have discovered our website and are reaching out.  It is the brave and wise thing to do.  Your question is an excellent one and represents good insight on your part.  You have recognized that when you are engaged in activities and interaction with others, focused on other things, the anxiety and depression is not as bad.  You mentioned it is worse when you are alone and not active.   Your brain is responding to the stimuli when you are at school.  When you are alone, there is less stimuli so  thought patterns can cycle into more depressive and anxiety provoking thought patterns.  Try to get engaged when you are at home.  Try new things such as hobbies, or just activities that are interesting to you to get the brain working on something, other than cycling through the negative thought patterns.   Also, practice some relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, or even lying down with a warm, moist wash cloth across your eyes.</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>We are here for you.  We suggest reviewing the articles under the Tips section on the website, including “99 coping skills” it might give you some more ideas of things to try.   The Tips link is at the top of the homepage.   </span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Sincerely,</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Larry – Counselor</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div></div> </div>15

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