|Depression: Asking For Help
Here's a big reason why many people never ask for help with their chronic depression: they don't know that they're depressed!
That's why it's important to take a hard look at how you've been feeling and acting, and then take a look at the lists in Signs and Symptoms and Manic Depression. If the things you've been thinking, feeling, and doing seem to add up to these descriptions of major depression or manic depression, the first step is to admit to yourself that you have a problem.
Remember that admitting that you're depressed is not like admitting that you're weak, because depression is not weakness. Sometimes, just acknowledging that you don't feel good can be a great release. It means you're ready for the next step, and ready to feel better.
Many people never ask for help because they're embarrassed about what they're going through. Of course, one of the symptoms of clinical depression is wanting to be left alone, which is another reason why asking for help can be so difficult. It's normal to feel this way, but also important to set aside these feelings.
Start with a parent or guardian-
If that fails --
And if THAT fails-
Covenant House Nineline
Boys and Girls Town Hotline
National Hopeline Network
If you want your family to learn more about clinical depression, you might ask them to read through this IML section with you.