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Explain depression: By clarifying what you expect your parent's reactions & questions will be. Are you explaining your depression or your parent's? If you're in therapy, invite the person to a session. If you need information for them, find internet sites or books that explain depression in a way you like. Your question will be easier to answer if you can be more specific about your concerns. ...Read more
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
Support: When a loved one has an illness, it is best to be a good support system for them - but not in a smothering way. You may also want to educate yourself about depression. There are also support groups for families of loved ones with mental illness. Nami may be a good resource for you. ...Read more
What to do?: Tell your parents about your mood, energy level, concentration, memory, self esteem, motivation levels, sex drive, sleep ; appetite. Crying spells, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness are pertinent as well as your capacity to feel joy. Let your parents know immediately if you have suicidal thoughts. ...Read more
Talking to parents: It may be different depending on how old you actually are (your question says you're 39?) and whether it's your depression you want to talk about, or concerns about their depression. Either way, you can first educate yourself about depression. Http://tinyurl. Com/zsyjr you can pick a quiet time to speak with them and ask for support. Here are some suggestions: http://tinyurl. Com/lya2oj7. ...Read more
No right answer: This is a difficult question to answer. Some parents are more supportive than others and can be easily approached. Some do not believe in mental illness, and you can risk straining your relationship by telling them you have depression. In some cases it might be better not to tell them. You could discuss this with your dr. Or therapist and consider inviting your parents to a session. ...Read more
Would it be a bad situation for a child if both the parents have major depression, even before the child is born?
Yes, but...: While that would increase the chances of the child eventually developing depression, if both parents get good and thorough treatment before the child is born, they will be better able to raise the child. And they will be able to teach the child about what to watch for as early signs and what to do to prevent it. Also, the child will inherit positive traits, such as intelligence or other skills too. ...Read more
How to deal with depression when parents don't want to pay for a shrink? Is there a cure without pills? Depression made me not to have a love life.
Be candid: Tell them how you feel. It is key to let them in on any suicidal thoughts if you have experienced them. If you have problems with sleep, appetite, energy level, motivation etc - let them know. If you are a minor, ask them to arrange for you to see a therapist. Talking therapy can be very helpful. You will feel less lonely and separate from others when you share this. It will lessen your burden. ...Read more
Can you get diagnose with a disorder such as depression without parent permission? If so what age and where? I'm doing this for school but would also like an answer for my own benefit. And would like to know because certain disorders run strongly in both
Usually no: If state law considers a person a minor and not an emancipated adult the diagnosis can be made with discussion with parent. ...Read more
I would encourage: You to sit down with them ; let them know what your specific symptoms are. It might be helpful to write these down before hand. Let them know that you are suffering. Ask them to take you to your pediatrician, a psychologist or a psychiatrist for an evaluation. ...Read more
What can I do to regulate my menses at home? No access to medication or doctors. Parents not interested. No depression or stress etc.
Very little: You don't say how irregular you are or other problems like pain, etc. You don't say why or much really, but there is little you can do beyond good healthy living which may not change this concern. Good rest, diet, exercise, no toxic substances, etc are always good. Best wishes! ...Read more
??? at 29????: Your question form says you're 29 years old -- past the legal age of adulthood in all states. This means it would be your decision (not your parents') to be treated or not. If you're actually a minor, the situation is different. In that case, please talk with a parent or other adult about your needs. Your parents likely have you on their health insurance plan, and can help you get help. ...Read more
Grief vs depression: Grief and extreme sadness are a normal reaction to the loss of a parent. Depression may also be triggered by this type of loss. I would recommend seeing a therapist to help work through the grief and determine if there is depression present independent of the grief. If there is difficulty functioning in daily life past a month it may be depression on top of the grief. Therapy helps both. ...Read more
What should I do think my parents are the main cause of my depression but I just can't move out too young.
Hard being a teen: Adolescence can be a tough time. Misunderstandings with parents can be stressful. Try keeping lines of communication open with your parents. Consider talking with a school counselor about your concerns. If you are planning to hurt yourself let your parents know or call the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 24/7. ...Read more
Thank them & see: Your primary care physician for evaluation for medical causes & referral to appropriate mental health professionals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the mainstay of treatment, with anti-depressant medications as an adjunct, if necessary. You may want to delve into your family history, but your stoic parents may not share important information if they do not view depression as a valid diagnosis. ...Read more
Therapy, ? meds: If you are clinically depressed, which is a medical issue, your first concern should not be your parent's reaction but instead reaching out for help. Please get a professional evaluation first. Regular exercise, a healthy diet and a peer support system can be helpful but does not replace therapy and medications when indicated. ...Read more
See your doctor: Ask your parents to take you to the doctor probably your pediatrician. Tell her/him about your symptoms and get a referral for a psychologist. ...Read more
Straight forward.: Parents love their children even if they do not act as you want them to. Tell them you need their help because you have been feeling depressed for some time and want to feel better. Many times parents feel it is their fault their child is depressed and get defensive. By asking for their help this should be softened. Ask to see a therapist. ...Read more
Talk to them: Tell them how you have been feeling and that you think you need some help. Let them know that you need their support and do not blame them for the depression. I am assuming that you are a minor and not in your 40's you can also speak to a school guidance counselor or psychologist. They will help you speak to your parents. ...Read more
Invite them in: Have them attend a session with you and your Dr. Education is an important part of treatment and may help with diffusing myths and misinformation that are so prevalent with mental health issues. ...Read more
Are you a minor?: Tell your parents about your mood, energy level, concentration, memory, self esteem, motivation levels, sex drive, sleep ; appetite. Crying spells, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness are pertinent as well as your capacity to feel joy. Ask them for help. Let them know immediately if you have suicidal thoughts. Take care. ...Read more
Educate: Try to educate them about the disorder. There will be people who simply do not understand the seriousness of this condition. If they don't support you, sometimes the best you can hope for is that they don't interfere with treatments that work for you. ...Read more
Not directly, but...: I doubt it could be directly related to parental age, but having older parents, like having younger ones implies lots of things. They might not be as healthy or energetic, tolerant, interested in new things, attractive, easy to bring home friends to meet, etc., etc. If you feel cheated by your childhood, & especially if you feel guilty about the resentment - I can easily imagine feeling depressed. ...Read more
Talk to someone: I don't know the details of your parents mental illness but they very well may understand better than you think. If you really can't talk to them, talk to another relative, a teacher, or school nurse. The important thing is to get help. ...Read more