I Think I Have Anxiety Or Depression. How Do I Get Help?

Published: December 07, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I think have anxiety or depression and I don't know who to see. How do I get help?
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Dear I Think I Have Anxiety Or Depression. How Do I Get Help?,

TeenHealthFX is sorry to hear about what you are going through. Unfortunately, we cannot diagnose over the internet.  Even though anxiety and depression may seem similar, they are very different and may require help from a mental health professional.

The National Alliance of Mental Illness explains anxiety can range from mild to severe and depends on the person. Mild anxiety can be worrying about a test or upcoming event and severe would be an intense fear of non-threatening events that do not go away.

Depression can also range from mild to severe and also depend on the person. A person who experiences a mild case of depression may be going through a rough time whereas a severe case can be persistent and can cause a person to withdraw from things he/she loves or a life not worth living.

The best thing to do is to reach out to a parent or other trusted adult and let them know how you feel. There are a wide variety of therapists available that could help. A school counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist are just a few options.

If you live in Northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist, you can call the Access Center for Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. If you need immediate assistance, you can also call the Northern New Jersey crisis hotline from Morristown Medical Center at 973-540-0100 or text the Crisis Text Line by Texting HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.

Signed: TeenHealthFX