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Secret Depression

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I’m 16 and I think I have depression. I took an online quiz on this site and it said I had severe depression. I feel tired even when I sleep all night, I self harm when I suddenly feel angry with myself and want to hurt, I get stomach aches when I when I eat and think of ways to commit suicide twice a day. I can’t tell my parents, even when I want to I freeze up and can’t say anything. What do I do?

Secret Depression

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A:  Thanks for writing in with your question because it shows me that you want help but aren’t sure yet how to get it. I know it can be hard to talk to your parents about these kinds of things, but your parents love you and want what is best for you. If you freeze up when you try confiding in them, try writing them a letter. You could even print the results of the online quiz and share it with them. You might also consider first confiding in another trusted adult, such as a teacher, the school counselor, your doctor, a church leader, the parent of a friend, or another family member. Think of it as a practice run and maybe this person could be with you when you tell your parents. If the thoughts of suicide continue or get worse, please call the suicide hotline. I hope these suggestions help, and I hope you begin feeling better soon.

All the best,

Dr. Holly Counts

Secret Depression

Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

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Counts, H. (2018). Secret Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from
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