MonicaJade
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Hi MonicaJade,

It's great to meet you. And I am glad you asked this excellent question.

I am sorry to hear about what's going on with you. Sounds like you are having a tough time right now. But it also sounds like you are contemplating taking the next step, and getting some help. I am glad to hear that.

Asking for help is one of the bravest things you can do. I know it's not easy to admit that you need support. Us humans like to think we are in control and can do it all on our own. But, as you experiencing, sometimes we need to reach out to a professional and get some help.

I also understand that if you haven't worked with a mental health professional before, that can seem like kind of a scary idea. You may be unsure as to what to expect, or how you will benefit.

Just getting started can seem like a difficult task. Here is a link to an article I wrote awhile back about finding a therapist:

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

I am a therapist so of course I am little biased. But I really think treatment works. I have seen many, many people who feel like you do experience really big improvements in their overall quality of life. It starts with taking the next step and raising your hand for help — making a few phone calls to connect with mental health professionals.

A professional is a trained listener. You won't be judged or told what to do. A mental health professional will listen as you tell him/her what's going on with you, ask you some questions, and then make an evaluation as to what may be going on. This may result in a diagnosis. A professional with them work with you on a treatment plan for a way forward. Again, this will be a discussion, with the professional making recommendations.

I really encourage you to reach out for help. It sounds like you're ready.

I hope you will stay in touch with us. Let us know how you are doing. You are not alone, my friend.

Gary

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