Living with Depression as a Teenager

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    Michaela wrote...

     

    Hey everyone, my name is Michaela. I'm fifteen years old and going through the same expiriences as most people here. Sometimes I think it's even worse, but I've seen other people's stories. Okay, I'm going to be completely open and honest about this whole thing. Like I said, I am fifteen, I am in therapy, and I am using perscribed anti-depressants, anxiety meds, and other things. My anxiety causes my depression, causes my ocd and causes my ADD, and then my odd mood disorder pops up out of nowhere. I think I'm going to go mad (crazy)! I have been depressed for a long while now. The Anxiety apparently was always there. Now that I look back, I see where it was. I just need some help. I've been taking these meds probably all most 4 - 6 months and upgrading and such but nothing is working! Those suicidal thoughts are slipping into my mind... all I want to do is be helped and happy!

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    Dear Michaela,

     

    As you've seen when reading other SharePosts, you're definitely not alone in how you feel. Remember that. It's very important.

     

    First and foremost, you need to address your suicidal thoughts. It's often said and sounds trite, but it's true -- suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Suicidal thoughts can also be side effects of some medications, so it's possible that it's your meds speaking here. Please, as soon as you read this, call your therapist for help. Can you talk to your parents? If you can, please tell them how you're feeling. Another great source of help is the Girls and Boys Town National Hotline, 1-800-448-3000, or their web site, http://www.girlsandboystown.org.

     

    Michaela, there are many treatments for depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADD, so don't lose hope. Four to six months is usually more than enough time to see results from medications. Your doctor should work with you on finding what works for you, so call his or her office for an appointment. If the receptionist says it's going to be a long wait for an appointment, tell her about the suicidal thoughts. Your doctor should hold some appointments open for such situations.

     

    Until you see your doctor, talk to people you trust -- parents, friends, family, school counselor, minister. Keep posting here. OK?

     

    Please keep us posted on how you're feeling?

     

    Hoping this helps,

     

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Published On: November 25, 2007