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

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Last Updated: 03/10/2021 at 3:41am
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Top Rated Answers
November 10th, 2017 6:38pm
Meditate and go for self therapy ..nobody could help a person better that strong and try to cheer yourself up..see what'd positive about your life and be thankful for that and decide that you won't live life in a messy condition further
November 15th, 2017 5:23am
Try to talk to a friend, talk to someone on here that you click with and are able to talk long-term instead of just in one sitting.
November 15th, 2017 6:30pm
First of all recognizing you need help is an important step and 7 Cups is a great(!) free way to get some.
November 16th, 2017 6:57am
You can call a helpline, speak to someone near you or close to you or speak to me for assistance. i am here for you.
November 16th, 2017 1:50pm
Come to 7cups to at least talk to a free therapist here. And maybe listeners in between therapy. Call any depression centres available to you and seek help through free centres and websites.
November 24th, 2017 2:19am
Consult your doctor and see about medication or maybe speak to someone else going through the same things
December 5th, 2017 3:38am
the best help is the support and love of the people around you and you can always talk to us here on this site. I, personally would listen to you anytime you want.
December 14th, 2017 1:00am
Read about it, there are a lot of resources here on 7 cups and online in general. You can also talk to Listeners here or friends or connect with people who have been through this before.
December 14th, 2017 1:47pm
That happens in many cases a person cannot afford therapy. But there are many organizations around the world which help depression patients free of cost. Based on your geographical location you can find them. You can also talk to listeners here. They are free of cost. You can go for reading. There are tons of books available for depression self help and codependency. I'm sure you can help yourself by all that.
December 14th, 2017 10:21pm
First thing is the support from your loved ones, family and friends. Look for your local support groups they don't charge. Your always welcomed here on 7cups to speak with any of the listeners. I have also learned that the first three sessions on 7cups are free then its $150.00 Monthly. Sometimes your local Department of Social Services (DSS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) Office can always help you get you in contact with services that are affordable for you and can fir your budget!
December 17th, 2017 12:04am
You can always reach out to your loved ones to talk about what's bothering you. It's very helpful to have someone who can listen to you. Additionally, here at 7 cups you can find many listeners whom are willing to hear you out, and walk you through it one step at a time.
December 23rd, 2017 2:02am
Try some coping skills, i use deep breathing, yoga, writing, music, Talking to someone also really does help.
January 3rd, 2018 3:18pm
Talk to any of the listeners on 7 cups! We are all here for you! We are all reliable and truthful :)
January 24th, 2018 12:25am
You can talk to some of our listeners that deal with depression here on 7 cups or you can join a group that experiences depression
January 24th, 2018 2:46am
you can talk to various listeners here on 7 cups, and even get a long-term listener who will do more for you than just a short conversation. also, 7 cups offers therapy with real therapists that, if i'm not mistaken, you can get a 30 day free trial on. best of luck to you!
January 26th, 2018 10:44pm
Come to our site and talk with one of our listeners! Practicing proper coping mechanisms and focusing on research and bettering yourself can also help. Keep in mind that it will get better.
February 2nd, 2018 1:34pm
If you are still in school i'm sure that there are many counselors there that can help you out. Just find one that you are comfortable with. In the meantime, try opening up to a friend or family member that you trust.
February 3rd, 2018 9:56pm
when you can't afford therapy there's always some helpful people to help you go through your struggling such as these nice people in 7 cups
February 4th, 2018 3:02am
Group therapy is another great option that may be more affordable for you. Consider self-help books. Reading daily affirmations. Practicing mindfulness techniques.
February 7th, 2018 5:28pm
You can always talk it out with your parents and seven cups is free! There should be other ways you can get therapy without paying if you search it up online.
February 7th, 2018 10:27pm
You can talk to listeners here on 7cups! They are a free resource and if you find somebody you click with, they can help you work through it.
February 8th, 2018 9:21am
Seek for support groups from your local church or red cross or whatever you may have nearby, and most of the time they're free of charge. You'll get support and advices from there
February 8th, 2018 12:19pm
Well, I'd first look at free programs you have access to. This is perhaps more helpful for students as most institutions have free counselling. If you don't have access to a free counselling service, then I would suggest finding listeners on 7 cups, very distinguished, highly rated and reviewed listeners.
February 16th, 2018 12:12am
You can reach out to us here on 7Cups! There's alot of great communities you can find online, within facebook, or twitter, anything of the sort to find company and support where you need it best. Some low-income therapy centers will also do pro-bono cases upon request, so it never hurts to ask if that's an opportunity available to you. :)
February 22nd, 2018 12:38pm
Keep chatting on 7cups and if your depression is because you want to change your life, then change it. You have to take action in order to make things better. No actions, no results.
March 8th, 2018 2:02pm
The answer is obvious - that is why you're here! In 7 Cups of Tea, we provide people to talk about their problems. Although we listeners mostly don't give advice, we help people to analyze their situation and find the best way to handle the obstacles the face. We believe that every person is the expert of themselves. And no one is given heavier problems than what one's capable of.
March 8th, 2018 8:18pm
Try sites like these! Since you're already struggling with codependency, I wouldn't recommend trying to get help from your friends, since it can put a huge strain on your relationship. However, that doesn't mean they can't support you and encourage you on your bad days.
March 9th, 2018 8:12am
you can talk to counsellors, or seek help here at 7 cups. speak to experienced people. there is online therapy as well.
March 15th, 2018 12:52am
Meditation, writing, crafting, drawing, talking to a close friend or relative or even someone on here is a good way to keep yourself busy and are coping mechanisms to helping you along the way if you cannot afford therapy. Id always recommend seeing your GP if you are struggling as they may be able to provide something for you thats not as expensive or maybe even free of charge. We are always here to listen and we are of no cost. Please remember, you are never alone and there is always someone here for you to talk to. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. You are always welcome to talk to us and we will always be listening. Hope you find the best outcome to your question soon. Take care and Good Luck! Lots of love! SammiieSmiles~xx
March 30th, 2018 9:20am
I'm sorry you're suffering and not able to access the help you need. Many therapists offer sliding scale fees, so it's worth asking. If you're in education, your institution may offer counselling. In the meantime, self help books can be useful. Try searching for "The Depression Cure" by Stephen S. Ilardi and "The Feeling Good Handbook" by David D. Burns in your local library.