i am a 15 year old girl and i honestly think i’m depressed. i want to talk to my mom and my doctor about it but idk when or how or what would been happen if i did. help?
Last Updated: 01/04/2021 at 10:54pm
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I know it can be very scary not knowing what might or will happen. But it's good you want to take care of yourself and feel better. I'm sure your mum loves you and wants the best for you. If you don't know how to tell her about it face to face, you can write her a letter where you explain what's going on or leave her a note that you want to talk about something so she will iniciate conversation. Whatever helps you be more open :) But I'm sure you'll find the strenght :)
I had the same problem and i was only twelve. Your parents care about you and they want you to have the best childhood you can. Maybe say "Mom, Dad we need to talk." and go from there. it can be scary and tears may come out if you cry like me, but they want to support you in anyway that they can. If your parents don't want to help you maybe ask an aunt uncle or grandparent about it and maybe get them to help you explain to your parents. The first time i told this to anyone it was my youth pastor I came to because I didn't know how i could tell my parents and then that night he came to our house and sat me and my parents down and let me tell them the whole story. Your parents love you and don't hide anything because they will find out and will be sad that they didn't know about it.
if you spoke to your mom about it she would probably take you to your doctor. it's difficult for me to say what would happen and how people around you would react to you telling them because obviously i do not know much about your situation. when you go to an appointment with your doctor you might find comfort in going in with your mom, or alone. it is purely your choice. the doctor will ask you some questions to determine if you are depressed, its super important that you answer these honestly. then, you could be referred for a form of talking therapy (like CBT) and/or your doctor might want to prescribe antidepressants or mood stabilizers. it all depends on your specific situation, the only certain thing is that reaching out for help is the best thing to do and you are very brave for having the courage to ask this question. good luck.
Seeing how your mom views mental health might give you an indication of how she might respond. Something that helped me was figuring out what exactly I wanted out of that conversation between me and my mom. I realized that I wanted to go to therapy and potentially see a psychiatrist to get medication to help alleviate the depression. For you specifically though having another adult such as an aunt, uncle, grandparent or cousin with you to have that conversation with you might make you feel more supported. I don't think there's a specific time that is "right" to have that conversation just try to pick a time when she seems to be in a good mood. Also consider what it is you want to tell her in my case I told my mom I wanted to go to therapy for my anxiety and pressure in school. When I was officially diagnosed with depression she wasn't as surprised because a licensed professional was telling her the news rather than me.
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