Want to Tell Them I Don't Believe in Religion Either

Published: January 25, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I finally told my parents about my depression, how do I tell them that I also don't believe in their religion anymore?

Signed: Want to Tell Them I Don't Believe in Religion Either

Dear Want to Tell Them I Don't Believe in Religion Either,

Instead of focusing on how to tell your parents, TeenHealthFX believes it would be better to focus on when. Your religious beliefs are important. Sharing them might be difficult for you with your parents, but an open conversation is always the best approach. 

Your opening line, “I finally told my parents about my depression,” is the reason TeenHealthFX brought up timing. It would indicate that you have been suffering with depression for some time. Hopefully, telling your parents about your mental state, opened the door to you getting help. If it didn’t, then put all your energy here first. Depression is treatable illness and telling your parents was the first step. Once you have started the therapeutic process and your depression is under control, then you could begin to think about the conversation that you want to have with your parents. 

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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