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MusicNerd
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So, I've been told by a few doctors that I seem to have symptoms of "mild to moderate" depression. I don't know how necessary it is for me to get therapy, though. I just feel like there are so many people in the world who have so many issues, maybe mine aren't bad enough to the point that I need therapy.

I guess my overall question (as seen in the subject bar) is: When is it necessary to get therapy? How does one know when they need it?

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MaddleyLove
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Heya MusicNerd [Smile]

thought I might offer some input in here, given that I am in a similiar situation to you and have just started therapy, if fact, I had an appointment this morning [Smile]

in my experience, I got to a point where I knew that I simply couldn't bottle up my feelings anymore, and, for the sake of my sanity it was important for me to ask for help. it was hard, taking that first step and asking, but its so worth it and it makes the whole process easier [Smile]

perhaps there are people with seemingly worse issues- don't forget that you, too deserve help, just as much as them. besides, if you go without help, you may find you feel worse [Smile]

I suppose you should ask yourself- do YOU feel you need therapy? this is a perfect time to be 'selfish' if you like [Razz] when it comes to your own wellbeing, you need to take care of YOU and YOUR needs, thinking about what would benefit YOU.

why not drop into your doctor and just ask if you can get an appointment with someone? you can always drop out if you feel its not for you, but at least your name will be on the list [Smile]

hope this helps [Smile]

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HI Music Nerd,

Have your doctors made specific recommendations about how to handle this depression? There are many ways to handle mild to moderate depression, one of which is psychotherapy.

Therapists don't judge people on the level or type of their issues or concerns. It's much more about how and in what ways a person's issues and concerns are impacting their life.

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nosalis
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In my experience, only you can decide if you really need therapy. Therapy only really helps if you want to get or feel better, otherwise any progress is going to be a long and difficult process.

It might be a good idea to keep in mind that the "my problems aren't bad enough other people have it worse" argument might be the depression influencing you.

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It might also help to think of it this way: it is not as though you getting therapy takes it away from someone who needs it "more". So, you can test out this therapy thing by going to a handful of sessions, and seeing how you feel about it. And if you come away feeling that it is helping you and that you benefit from it, then it looks like therapy is something that is good for you, and something you should take advantage of to impove your overall well-being.

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MusicNerd
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Thanks for the responses, everybody!

I'm not sure if the whole "other people have it worse" thing is from my depression, but I guess it could be. Well, my doctors suggested that I go to psychological/counselling services here at college, but when I got injured I was too distracted by that to go seek help. I also was kind of reluctant to the idea of meeting with a therapist for whatever reason; but now I feel like my depressive feelings have gotten a bit worse lately, and I don't want them to. I guess I could try it out like you guys have suggested. The thing is, if I were to seek help, I'd prefer to do so at school (since I don't want my parents to find out about my depression), but school ends in like two weeks.

[ 04-12-2013, 02:02 PM: Message edited by: MusicNerd ]

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you could investigate what services your school provides and then ask what arrangements could be made for the holidays? they may be able to offer you something that way [Smile]
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MusicNerd
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Hey MaddleyLove! I forgot to tell you earlier that your first post made me happy with all the smiley faces in it, so thanks for brightening up my day a bit. [Smile]

I guess I could look into that. The only thing is that I wouldn't be able to go to therapy without my parents finding out. They wouldn't let me go out of the house unless they knew where I was going (like to my job, for instance). I guess I could also wait until the end of August when school starts up again, too.

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Hiya MusicNerd!

Glad to hear I cheered you up some [Smile]

You could say you were meeting a friend, or doing some extra hours at work? But you obviously have your reasons for not wanting your parents find out, so I'm just offering (hopefully!) helpful suggestions [Smile]

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At this point of time, I think you shouldn't ignore the symptoms and look for professional help as soon as possible. Don't worry your parent will understand it is not uncommon to develop this kind of problems. Therapist are the healers and I am damn sure after visiting them you won't regret your decision.

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Hey lilptrick!

Welcome to Scarleteen!

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