How do I tell my parents that I have depression and anxiety disorder? And how do I tell them I want to move out and go somewhere?
Hi Lolida –
I’m just a dog, but my human friend Handsome is a licensed psychotherapist, so I’m going to pass this question on to him, to start:
Hi Lolida –
I’m sorry you’re feeling so awful, but before you do anything drastic, I urge you to get checked out by a professional. This is for a couple of reasons.
First, everyone gets depressed and anxious – and we especially have in this crazy pandemic time. But that’s different from having a true diagnosis of Anxiety or Depression. If you are suffering from a severe case of either of these, you should get under the care of a therapist at least, and perhaps consider medication as well, at least while these feelings are at their worst. And I also urge you to NOT try to self-medicate yourself through these. Drugs and alcohol and such have their place, but you don’t want to take a chance on making your bad situation worse by using something in the wrong way.
And second, I think your question about moving out is fully dependent on what you learn about your condition. If you’re working through a serious depressive or anxious disorder, that may not be the best time to take on a huge move. But if you’re in the shape to do it, the move might be the best thing you can do to break through that depression or anxiety, just by creating a change. I don’t know enough about you to make that choice. And that’s why I’d love you to see a therapist, counselor, psychologist, or even psychiatrist, to help figure out just what condition you’re in and what you’re capable of.
I don’t know where you live, but if you need help finding someone, maybe I can help. Just let Shirelle know and I’ll see what I can do.
Isn’t he nice?!
I’m not sure I can add much to what he said, Lolida. Except that, whether you’re living with your parents or out on your own, the best antidepressant or anti-anxiety med I know of is a DOG! We pooches cheer EVERYONE up, and remind anxious folks what really matters and what should and shouldn’t be worried about! And licks in the face are simply great for EVERYTHING!
So follow his suggestions, but once you do, think about mine. A wagging tail cures a lot!
Love and Best Wishes,
Shirelle (and Handsome)