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Dealing with depression

Two people - one holding an umbrella over the other with the words 'Hope'Illustration: Rachel East - Cambridge Regional College

For some time you have been feeling really down. There doesn’t seem to be any point in anything you do and nobody can make you feel any better. You have started skipping lessons just to go somewhere quiet and get things sorted in your head.  However this isn’t working and being on your own with just your thoughts is making you feel worse. You are starting to feel that you are in a downward spiral where the more you think about things the worse everything seems and you can’t image it ever getting any better. You think about telling your friends but you are even beginning to wonder if they care or if life is worth living.

What do you do next?

  • Start looking for an answer on the internet
  • Make an appointment to see your doctor about it
  • Talk to your friends about it anyway in the hope that they may have an answer

Read on to find out which of these options you should or shouldn’t take…….

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Start looking for an answer on the internet

There is a lot of good information on the internet but just be careful where you look and what you believe as there are a lot of negative sites. These ‘negative’ sites are very good at drawing you in by appearing to understand how you feel but then pray on your vulnerability. This can make you feel like someone cares ultimately they have their own reasons which are not always about your wellbeing. It is safer to stick to looking at well know websites like the one listed on the right of this page under featured links.  Some of the better websites have chat or helpline facilities which can be really useful.  Also remember that you can always use our Ask Ali page to ask for help and advice.

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Make an appointment to see your doctor about it

If you are feeling really down and it’s starting to affect your everyday life your doctor is the best place to start.  You can refer yourself to a counseling service but it may not be the best option for you and often there is a waiting list so seeing your doctor first can make sure that you get the help you need at the earliest possible opportunity.

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Talk to your friends about it anyway in the hope they may have an answer

Having the support of your friends is really important and if they are true friends they will want to listen and help so talking to them is a good idea.  However whilst getting their support is good you need to realise that they probably won’t have the knowledge, skills and training to help you resolve your problems so you will also need to take the other steps outlined above.

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Finally remember…… depression and other mental health problems can make you feel ashamed or embarrassed but there is no need to because they are illnesses just like any other medical problem.

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