A: Thanks for writing in with your question. I’m sorry that you have been feeling depressed for so long. I’m wondering if you have tried talking with your father or another family member, since you feel that your mother would be unsupportive? Now that school will be back in session, another possibility is to speak to your school counselor. Sometimes they can provide some counseling directly, and if not, they can help you get connected to services. Most states have laws in place that allow teens to seek counseling on their own, without parental consent, at least for a few sessions. This would allow you get some help quickly and the therapist could then help you communicate its importance to your parents.
Either take matters into your own hands to get the help you need, or speak to an adult who can help you, such as other family members, teachers, church leaders, your doctor, the school nurse, and so on. Keep trying until you get what you need.
Many people just don’t understand that mental health issues are real, and not just a sign of emotional weakness. Hopefully, your parents will come around once they realize that it is a legitimate medical concern that needs treatment. If not, I hope you will find the strength to get help anyway. You are worth it, and you deserve to feel better.
All the best,
Dr. Holly Counts