I am struggling with codependency and depression. I cannot afford therapy. What can I do to get help?

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Last Updated: 08/22/2019 at 3:08pm
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dudekorpf
August 19th, 2016 6:47pm
talk to someone, maybe friends, family, partner and of course listeners on 7cups .. :)
Anonymous
July 20th, 2016 1:13pm
There are 12 step programs available through Codependency Anonymous. Although an offering basket is passed, you do not have to pay if you cannot afford it. For depression, there are online support groups as well as Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) available at no cost to you.
AjanMalic
August 18th, 2017 5:37am
Been there. Ain't it fun? When I was struggling most, I started reading CBT books and recovery books like The Zen of Recovery. If you have a tablet or cellphone, you can get some good e-books for free or cheap that will help you to take control of your brain.
Anonymous
June 15th, 2018 12:47pm
Try to find something you enjoy doing and try talking to a school counselor or hotline; someone who already has boundaries in place.
TaranWanderer
April 12th, 2017 6:17pm
First, try having a look at the resources in your area. Many places offer free therapy for those who need it, and many schools/jobs have therapy services as well. There are also therapists who work on a sliding scale, so you pay what you can instead of their usual rate. Aside from that, there are online services like 7 Cups, including the self-help guides here. You could also look up methods to dealing with the things you're struggling with, as many people have gone through similar things and have shared what works for them online. Things like challenging negative thoughts, meditation, exercise, reality checking, guided thinking, and gradual exposure can help, and you can learn a lot about them online.
ThaliaRaven
July 17th, 2016 5:44pm
Reach for someone who can help you with this on 7 Cups. There are many people willing to talk to you for no money at all.
Anonymous
July 31st, 2016 7:45pm
We have therapists on this site that you can talk to! As well, as tons of listeners who can lend an ear.
Anonymous
October 26th, 2016 4:35pm
Thinl about why you are you depressed? Its hard to get out of depression. I know and I understand. Try spending time with people who are positive and try to participate in things that interest you.
HelenaofTroy
May 16th, 2018 9:07am
Talk with someone you love, and don't be afraid of worrying them, they prefer to know. They will listen and try to help. If nobody is available near, then we are here as a team to listen to you and give you support.
CharlieSharkie
May 11th, 2018 8:26pm
There is bound to be a free help in that you may find beneficial-I'd suggest you check a few of them out. Alternatively, talking to friends might help you!
warmPudding59
July 4th, 2018 9:49pm
If you work or study, look for a student counseling service or at work you can ask the HR (confidentiality!) or management if they can recommend someone. There are free to call mental health hotlines (not suicide hotlines) and social services which can provide you with information on free group or private therapy settings.
MagnanimousSymphony
July 8th, 2018 3:50am
Well, obviously, 7Cups is a wonderful resource that is both free and on-demand. Aside from that, however, there are therapy-adjacent options available to students, certain employees, and people who live in certain parts of the world. Do some internet digging and you might be able to find something that appeals to you. You can also open up to friends and family and lean on them for support.
Allears247
July 25th, 2018 10:23am
There are many online therapists that charge very little to nothing for service. I would do some research and try to find one that accommodates you needs.
Anonymous
August 9th, 2018 6:20pm
You should go to a psychiatrist, not a therapist. Only a doctor can help you. The listeners in here will support you. :)
neonstars1881
July 13th, 2016 6:53pm
You can listen to music, go on a walk, take a shower, talk to friends, watch funny cat videos. eTC You can get through it all.
Naturallyhappy00
July 15th, 2016 2:26am
What you can do is reach out to family and friends so that it's easier to talk to you need to have to pay for it or you can write all your emotions down so that they're out and you're not bottling them inside
Zillion0315
July 16th, 2016 7:41am
You can always seek help from a school guidance counselor or a trusted adult. Talking can help alot
Anonymous
July 17th, 2016 5:00pm
i will personally suggest you to talk to people around you and do meditate !! see what good you have in life rather than focusing about negative things..
Anonymous
July 20th, 2016 6:23am
Talk with others, friends, family, loved ones, seek help here on 7 cups, it helps when someone listens
insightfulDreamer97
July 20th, 2016 5:58pm
Very often, therapists will work with individuals when it comes to cost. If for some reason they cannot, they are most often able to refer you to community resources like support groups, or other even perhaps another therapist who is able to work with you on the cost. I have found that most therapists are genuinely caring people and are concerned about people and their mental health, and if they cannot personally help you, they can usually refer you to someone who can.
Brittneym101
July 23rd, 2016 2:46am
You can always look for free online therapy/chat sites such as 7 cups If you are struggling with codependency and depression and if you are unable to afford therapy or if you're comfortable talk to a friend, family member and/or someone that you can trust.
TranquilMoonlight
July 23rd, 2016 4:35pm
I've found support groups to be monumentally helpful. They're usually free to attend, and in certain cases they can be more beneficial than therapy. Being surrounded by people who can understand and relate to your struggles is, in and of itself, a self sustainable source of positivity. It would also help you to broaden your perspective as you learn of the challenges others have had to overcome and what they did in the face of adversity. I myself have made lasting friendships from support groups, with individuals I probably would have never interacted with otherwise.
gloriousFlower75
July 27th, 2016 7:10pm
it's best to go on therapudic sites like these, or talk to a close friend/relative. as for now, 7 cups is a great website to help others. And once you have enough money to afford therapy, we will generously do the best we can to help.
Anonymous
July 28th, 2016 8:21am
If you are struggling with codependency and depression and you can't afford therapy then you can talk to friends and family or come here on 7 cups.
softNutella25
July 29th, 2016 1:06am
Consider speaking to your family doctor if you are insured. Consider some alternative options like a school counselor if you are in school. If you are insured, there may be therapists and/or social workers whose services are covered. In any case, talk to your doctor if possible and they may be able to help guide you to the care that you need without causing you financial hardship.
Anonymous
July 29th, 2016 7:04pm
Talking to an adult can help. A parent, teacher, social worker. Even reaching out for help is a huge step and can really go a long way. Also journaling or writing down your thoughts can really help!
Anonymous
August 3rd, 2016 12:51am
understand your situation and its not an easy one to be in. The question is should you avoid all uncomfortable situations that happen in your life? That being said,its your life. Your parents must take your feelings into consideration as well. As for those church hypocrites you need to stand strong in god.
Anonymous
August 4th, 2016 12:03am
You can go talk to your school councelor and also we here can listen to you. Also maybe you can lend money from your parents etc?
hopefulHand19
August 4th, 2016 2:13pm
There are many things you can do to get help. This site for example, is great for people struggling with depression. There are many free support groups you can attend, In my area, my local mood disorder organization offers free support groups. Many of your friends and family, who you many never have even thought would be there for you, can be very supportive. There are also many phone lines you can dial,that will do everything they can to help you.
kerkyra
August 5th, 2016 9:46pm
If you are still in school, ask to speak to your school nurse/councillor. If not in school, maybe console with a trusted member of family or friend.