From Denmark: Hi I’m a 15 year old boy. I think I’m getting/having a depression. My dad suffers from depression, my sister from anorexia and my mom sometimes cries a lot because of all the bad things that has happened. I took a depression test on the web and it said I had extremely high score on Cyclothymia and I have all the symptoms from it. I don’t know what to do. I dont know how to tell my parents. They have already been through soo much and are still not good and my sister refuses to get help and she’s 18 now so my parrents can’t force her. I always keep my emotions in and I realize now that I really can’t get them out. I can’t cry no matter how much I try and I haven’t cried for a year or so not even from pain — 2 months ago I got a big piece of glass all the way through my finger and it got stuck. After I got it pulled out at the hospital I had a huge hole but I didnt cry even though it hurt like hell
I don’t know if you have depression. I do know you have plenty of reasons to be sad and angry. Everyone in your family is in deep distress. It doesn’t surprise me that you meet the criteria for cyclothymia, but I do caution you that the situation may be causing you to look mentally ill when really you are upset about things that are very upsetting.
The best thing your family could do is to go into family therapy together. You would not have written to us if you were not concerned about your parents and sister. They and you are all reacting to each other which is an indication of how much everyone cares. With some family treatment, that involvement with pain and hopelessness can be turned around so that everyone could instead support and encourage each other.
Ask your doctor for names of therapists who can help. Then follow through. Even though you are only 15, you could make the phone call to the therapist to see about availability and cost. You can then take that information to your parents and ask (plead) that they make an appointment.
I wish you well. Dr. Marie
I Think I Have a Depression
Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker
Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.
APA Reference Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). I Think I Have a Depression. Psych Central.
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