I Am Sure I Have DepressionFeelingsI Am Sure I Have Depression<div class="ExternalClass7E4B14E6F676422C89EA2C47CB4322B1"><p>​Im 100% sure I have depression, (I won’t assume though) and I’m trying to find a way to get help without my parents my being involved.<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass6D1E7CEDD3A340E8B086CD6331C94D50"><p>​Thank you for reaching out to Your Life Your Voice today. That is great that you found the courage to reach out and ask for help today. It can be hard to know who to turn to when you need some support or advice, but we are so glad you found our website!</p><p> Depression is not always easy to manage, so that is understandable if you are feeling overwhelmed right now. We know you mentioned that you do not want your parents involved, but that is usually the best, and quickest, way to get some professional help and support. If you don't want to completely open up to your parents, maybe ask them if they can schedule a doctor's appointment for you so that you can meet with your Pediatrician. It is important to let a trusted adult know if you are having mental health struggles as they will be able to help you get the medication/counseling/therapy/support you need.</p><p>There are also some things that you can try at home that might help relieve some of these feelings you are having. Try making sure you are exercising regularly and eating healthy foods, get a reasonable amount of sleep every night and start journaling your thoughts before bed to clear your mind. Try not to isolate yourself and make a list of goals that you can work towards achieving. If you have not already, please take some time to read through this article that talks about steps you can do, starting TODAY, that may help with some of these feelings you are having: <a href="/Pages/tip-12-steps-to-overcome-depression.aspx?Topic=Depression">12 Steps To Overcome Depression (yourlifeyourvoice.org)</a>.</p><p> Another great suggestion would be talking with your school counselor. If you don't know how to contact them directly, ask your teacher next time you see them. It can help talking to an adult you can trust about these feelings. A school counselor is a great first step in getting the help you are looking for! Lots of times, the school counselor will even help you talk to your parents about what is going on so that you do not need to do that alone. Anyone in your school should be able to point you in the right direction on how to get in contact with your school counselor.</p><p> We hope that some of these suggestions can help you move forward with what you will do next.</p><p>Please continue to reach out as you need it.</p><p>Stay strong!</p><p>Michaela, Crisis Counselor ​<br><br></p></div>10

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