I’m sorry that you feel your parents are not supporting your mental health needs. Unfortunately, many people still don’t fully understand how serious and debilitating mental health conditions can be and thus tend to minimize them. Until you are stronger yourself, attempting to change your parents’ opinions may be a wasted effort. I’m sure you’ve heard the line about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Your time and energy will be better served by finding good treatment providers and seeking support from those who are already educated on the topics. Although there are many good therapists in private practice, from what you are describing, you may be a more appropriate candidate for a mental health agency that can offer a team approach — individual therapy, psychiatry, case management and group support. I did a quick internet search and found several community mental health centers in your area. Please reach out to them.
You may also benefit from making contact with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and this resource would be an excellent connection for you parents as well. Further, there are many online support groups on this site (Psych Central) that you can make contact with immediately.
Although it may be difficult at first, taking charge of your own health and treatment will reap more benefit than expecting help from those around you. You deserve to be heard and validated — so choose your audience carefully.
All the best,
Dr. Holly Counts