Nat.Pad
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Hi Nat.Pad,

It is good to meet you. Glad you reached out.

It sounds like you have had a lot to deal with in your young life. And that you have a lot going on now.

First, I just want to say that treatment for mental health issues does not have to include medication. Therapy can also help a lot. And, as the patient, you are in control here. You don't have to accept any treatment you don't want. Also, the ER is not the only place to receive treatment for mental health. And help lines can only help to a point.

Having said all that, here is what I would recommend:

I encourage you to reach out for help from a mental health professional. A professional can talk to you about the symptoms you are experiencing and what's going on in in your life, and recommend a treatment plan. You might be provided with various options to consider. I certainly encourage you to consider therapy.

A therapist could help you to identify and sort out the factors in your life that are causing you to feel depressed. You and your therapist could work together on developing coping skills and making changes in your life.

If you aren't sure where to start, you might ask your physician to recommend a mental health professional. You can make it clear to your doctor that you are not looking for medication. You might also check out community mental health resources in your area. And depending on what kind of medical coverage you have, you can also check out a list of mental health providers that are covered by your plan.

What's important here is to reach out for help. Don't wait! Don't go through this alone.

Take good care of yourself. And stay in touch with us.

Gary

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