I Experience Depression Every Day

Published: January 30, 2018
Dear TeenHealthFX,

What should I do? My life sucks I have gone through very rough times in my life I don't feel needed by anyone When I wake up i just don't see the point in trying anymore every day repeats and I have even concidered ending it I have no more emotions Just depresion every day

Signed: I Experience Depression Every Day

Dear I Experience Depression Every Day,

TeenHealthFX is very sorry to hear about the pain you are feeling right now in terms of the rough times you have been dealing with and not feeling needed by others. We can certainly appreciate that in feeling so depressed you have started to feel hopeless and have considered ending your life. However, we want to let you know that effective treatments are definitely available for people who deal with depression and that there are caring people out there who will want to be there for you to help you through this. Things can get better. The most important thing right now is for you to reach out for help.

FX recommends that you speak to a parent/guardian or a staff member at your school about scheduling a consultation with a reputable mental health professional, such as a clinical social worker, clinical psychologist, or psychiatrist. A mental health professional can assess the situation and provide you with an accurate diagnosis and then discuss with you effective treatment methods that will address any underlying issues and help alleviate the symptoms of depression that you have been dealing with. Recommendations might include meeting 1-2 times a week with a reputable therapist, taking psychotropic medication, or a combination of the two.

Once you start in treatment and have a little more drive and energy, your therapist will probably also speak to you about the importance of lifestyle choices around exercising regularly, a healthy diet (particularly limiting simple carbohydrates, processed foods and sweets), and staying away from drugs and alcohol in terms of helping your mood.

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. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.

If you get to the point that you are seriously considering suicide or are afraid of your impulses, then you need to seek help immediately. You can call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. In northern New Jersey you can also call the crisis hotline from Morristown Medical Center at 973-540-0100. Outside this area call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, available toll-free 24/7. You can also use the Crisis Text Line by texting “connect” to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. This service is free and available nationwide 24/7.

Signed: TeenHealthFX