THEY DON’T UN­DER­STAND ME

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I am 17 and have a se­ri­ous prob­lem. I think that I have de­pres­sion and I am 100 per cent sure that I suf­fer from anx­i­ety, as I have panic at­tacks. I was de­pressed about two years ago and also when I was seven years old. I feel so alone, cry ev­ery night and feel bad about my­self, but nei­ther my par­ents nor my friends un­der­stand me. I did start to cut my­self. I have stopped now, but feel like start­ing again. I am so afraid of go­ing to a psy­chol­o­gist. Please help. I feel so alone and help­less. It is so sad that you feel lonely and de­pressed, and I want to help you. The most im­por­tant thing is for you to be able to con­fide in some­one as you need more help and sup­port. It is hard when you feel that the peo­ple around you don’t un­der­stand how you are feel­ing. If you pos­si­bly can, please ex­plain again to your par­ents how aw­ful you feel and how se­ri­ous it is. You also need help out­side the fam­ily. I prom­ise you – you don’t need to be afraid of see­ing a psy­chol­o­gist or coun­sel­lor. There is no shame in feel­ing this way and they would be kind and car­ing. They want to help you. You may also need an­tide­pres­sants. Some­times, a com­bi­na­tion of these drugs and ther­apy works best. Please see your GP for a re­fer­ral and med­i­ca­tion. You can also find a coun­sel­lor through Re­late (re­late.org.uk, 03001 001234), which has a young peo­ple’s ser­vice. Hav­ing some­one who is there for you could make all the dif­fer­ence. It could also help with your strug­gle to stop self-harm­ing. Peo­ple tend to in­flict pain on them­selves be­cause it dis­tracts them briefly from the emo­tional pain and tur­moil within, but it is only tem­po­rary and not the an­swer, so please don’t hurt your­self. I hope that you will seek the help you need as I am wor­ried about you.

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