I am very upset right now. My grandma and dad have always contributed to the stigma around mental health, but we’re on vacation right now and whenever I say something relating to stuff like my hospitalizations or how I’m feeling, they just dismiss it. I said I was depressed, and I’ve been diagnosed with severe depression and other stuff but my grandma just said everyone has problems. I’m just ready to pack my bags and go to a residential facility because I can’t do any of this anymore, I need peace!!!!
THINGS TO DO FIRST
- First off we want to thank you for writing into TeenCentral! Reaching out for help can be one of the hardest things for people to do when they are struggling or if they want help.
- Do you have someone in your life that you can get in contact with in person? A trusted teacher, guidance counselor, or religious leader that could possibly help with this communication issue you’re having with your grandmother and father? I see you’ve been hospitalized in the past are you currently seeing a counselor now that may be able to help your family understand what you’re going through?
- Feeling depressed is more than just feeling sad and should not be left alone. Check out the “Depression” page for more info on how to cope.
WHEN YOU ARE UP TO IT
- Communication seems to be a barrier here between you and your family, writing things down on a piece of paper to talk about or explain how you are feeling is a good coping skill and could help aid in your conversation with them. Writing down how you feel and why you feel that way could give you some closure with this indifference you are having. When we write things down it uses different parts of the brain which allows us to process things further. This could not only help you communicate how you are feeling but also help you process through what you are feeling and help you work through some of those depressive thoughts.
- We have a ton of other Tools on our page that you can check out that suggest positive coping strategies when feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and yes even depressed. Take time to figure out what works for you and use that when you are feeling this way.
- Utilizing coping skills in general is a great way to manage your emotions and be able to ground yourself when feeling anxious, depressed, or just agitated. You can utilize some of TeenCentrals tabs to help manage these emotions whenever you feel overwhelmed. If you want to learn more about Depression, we have great resources on our page available to you.