Depressed

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Depressed

Dear GZ advisor,

Last year I went through a lot of stuff. I don't feel comfortable talking about it to an anonymous person over email (I'm sure you understand) . Anyway some of my close family relationships changed (NOT in a good way) and have never been the same since, I'm still effected by this change on a daily basis. I think I might be depressed, but i'm scared I'm over reacting or people will think I am. I don't know who to talk to because I'm not ready to talk to my parents about it. I've thought about seeing a therapist...? I'm just trying to make it through but everything is so difficult... I would appreciate some advice if you have time!
           
Sincerely,
Jade
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Hi Jade,
I'm sorry you're going through a difficult time and don't feel you have anyone to talk to. Holding in this secret and all your emotions is tough because the sadness, hurt, fear, anger (or whatever you're feeling) builds. It can manifest(or show up) in other ways, such as feelings of depression or negative coping skills. You mentioned that you may be depressed. My background is as a school counselor and I agree with you, I think you could really benefit from therapy. Sometimes, just venting to someone and getting everything off your chest can feel very freeing, like a weight has been lifted. Since you don't feel comfortable talking to your parents, a counselor is an objective 3rd party you can open up to in confidence. The therapist can help you talk through whatever happened last year and most importantly, they can guide you on how to manage your current feelings and teach you how to move forward with your life. You're not over reacting, you're just expressing how you feel. Your feelings are valid. Asking for help is a big step and takes alot of strength. You should be proud of yourself for asking for advice. I hope you continue on by talking to your parents or a therapist. Wish you all the best! Keep me posted. 
 
xo
GZ Advisor