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Hi Raegan,

Nice to meet you. I am glad you checked in.

First, I am glad to hear you are getting treatment for your depression. That's great news. And the combination of therapy and antidepressants can help a lot.

Now, if you don't feel like it is helping, this would be a good discussion to have with your therapist. Therapists can benefit from knowing how their clients are feeling about the treatment. If you don't feel it is working, then you might review your goals and talk about the progress you have made, your expectations, and also discuss where you want to go in the future. I always welcome my clients to talk about how they think things are going so that we can make adjustments as needed.

If you don't feel your antidepressants are helping you as much as you think they should, you might want to also have this discussion with your doctor. Your doctor could talk with you about what to expect from your medication, and how the two of you are feeling about the current effectiveness of your medication. Always a good idea to keep an open line of communication with your doctor.

As for your mom, I have a couple of ideas. If you haven't already, you might sit down with her and talk about what it's like to live with depression, how it affects your life, as well as what you feel you are getting from treatment. Give here some examples of how depression affects your life. Examples can help.

Since you are still a minor, you might also ask if your mom might be willing to have a talk with your therapist, the three of you, if you are comfortable with this, and talk about what you have gained from therapy and where you want the therapy to go in the future. You and your mom might also have a conversation with your doctor.

I think it's really important to be open with your mom, how you are feeling, what your concerns are. It might take more than one conversation, but I hope you will keep trying.

And stay in touch with us. Let us know how you are doing.

Gary

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