Lisanana
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HI Lisanana,

It is nice to meet you. I am really glad you reached out. From what you described here, I know it wasn't easy.

Really sorry to hear how you are feeling. Depression tells you how badly you feel. And it also tells you there is nothing you can do about it. But that's not truth at all. What you are experiencing is treatable. And it sounds like you are ready to take the next step.

Here are a couple of ideas:

I always recommend to my clients that they try to stay active in their lives. This means not isolating. Getting out in the fresh air. Maybe taking a walk or getting some kind of exercise. Make sure they are eating healthy, and on a regular basis. Doing things they enjoy. And getting in touch with people who can spend some time with them, listen without passing judgment or telling them what to do. Are there any friends or family members you could spend some time with?

You might also check out support groups on nami.org, the website of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

I also strongly encourage you to reach out to a mental health professional. What you are experiencing is treatable. A mental health professional could help you sort out what's going on in your life, help you to get a new perspective and some new coping skills. A mental health professional could diagnose you and work with you to create a treatment plan for the road ahead. If you aren't sure how to get connect with a mental health professional, here is a link to an article I wrote awhile back:

http://www.depressionconnect.com/discussions/...

Again, I am so glad you reached out. It sounds like you are ready to get help. Set small, doable goals to stay involved in your daily live. Don't isolate yourself. Get connected with a mental health professional. And if you are ever feeling overwhelmed and need help right away, you can also call 911 or report to your local emergency room.

Take good care of yourself, my friend. And stay in touch with us. You are not alone!

Gary

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