19 years old and depressed
Q. I’m 19 years old, and for the last few years I found I am unable of being happy. I’m very emotional and sometimes I feel I am going crazy. I always feel completely alone and have even self harmed. Me and my boyfriend are having troubles and I feel so unloved. Could I have depression? I’m so scared of what my future holds as I feel I will never be happy. A lot of the time I wish I wasn’t alive which also scares me. My life is just hurting me too much. A lot of my problems are my boyfriend but at the same time he can help by just being there. What can I do?
A. Since you recognize that you are not emotionally stable, the wisest move that you could make is to seek out a therapist. You certainly could be experiencing depression, especially because you are having suicidal thoughts. The good news is that there are effective treatments for depression. Your job is to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with. Once you do this, with some time and effort, you may be able to have a much happier life. Never hesitate to get the help you need, you deserve and that is available.
Randle, K. (2007). 19 years old and depressed. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 5, 2016, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2007/07/29/19-years-old-and-depressed/