I'm trying to tell my mum I think I'm depressed, but she always says "It's just hormones." But I've heard of the signs and I have them. What do I do?
Last Updated: 02/10/2020 at 10:01am
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You are rightfully concerned. I'm glad you're addressing this at all. However, neither you or nor your mom is qualified to diagnose you. Please see a doctor.
You could contact your GP for advice, they can offer counselling services or therapy depending on what you need. Once that happens your mum might listen more about it. Mental health issues still have confusion surrounding them, so it could be the case that your mum doesn't yet understand. Be open about your feelings with her if you're comfortable with that, family support can be very beneficial.
If you truly believe you have depression and you're worried about it and it's affecting your daily life, then you could make an appointment with your doctor. But if you don't like the sound of that then don't panic. There's counselors at school who can help if you're still at school/college and there's Listeners on here who are always willing to listen and help as much as they can. You'll never be alone during this time. :)
Maybe trying to talk to somebody else can help you? I know a mother is somebody who should care, but sometimes they dont understand what depression is like. My dad dindnt think I had anxiety, but I was anxious all the time. I went to my general practitioner to talk. He took it very seriously and send the help that I needed. Eventually I got better and told my dad the story, I showed him a video about anxiety and little by little he understood. Years later he told me he was sorry for the times he didnt believe me. Parents do their best, but sometimes they dont understand what it's like, thats okay. We just need to show them.
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