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OMG: I think I have depression. I barely have time for myself, let alone to hang out with friends nor time to de-stress. The only person I could open up to and talk about my feelings did not want to hear me out. Now my health is going downhill, I have now started telling myself that I would rather die.

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  1. please call a support hotline.

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  2. Please don't kill yourself! Life can be extremely difficult at times but look at how far you've come. You will make it and it will get better. Please get some help. You don't have to be alone. Your life is precious <3

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  3. I'm sorry to hear you are going through a tough time. Don't beat yourself up for it, don't, don't, don't think you are weak or vulnerable for feeling the way you do. You have a sensitive heart which enables you to be loving, empathetic, and understanding... a wonderful gift in this world. The flip side of that coin is the intense sadness that comes with sensitivity. I'm sorry that your friend did not want to hear you out. I know it's hard to believe after trying to reach out and not being received that someone will be willing and eager to listen, but please trust this! The people you need will come into your life. I recently reached out to the chaplain at Renison after being less than satisfied with counselling services, and I'm so happy I did. So that's just one suggestion of a concrete step you can take. You are loved, you are wonderful, the world is a different place because YOU are in it.

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  4. OP, go to Counselling Services and show them what you just said right now!!
    counsellingservices.uwaterloo.ca

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  5. If there is a physician at Health Services, it can save you time compared to going to Counselling Services. If you need a peer to listen, both Glow and the Women's Centre offer peer support. Do consider antidepressants, they will not make the depression go away, but they will make it easier for you to act to resolve issues you may be facing. The chaplains can also help if it is a matter of a more spiritual nature. I have spoken personally with Keith, the faith agnostic chaplain, and he would be an excellent person to speak with on issues of faith simply because he has a deep respect for people of all faiths.

    I spent pretty much all of high school and about half of my time at UW dealing with depression, you are not alone.

    -- Jessica Dineen

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    1. Sorry, that first sentence is supposed to read "If there is a physician at Health Services you can trust"

      I still do recommend Health Services, as they can handle prescription medications that can help. Combined with other services that are counselling oriented, or cognitive behavioural therapy from a qualified psychologist (cognitive behavioural therapy is the gold standard for psych treatment outside of medical options, but it and counselling are both good, and it depends on the individual which is more appropriate).

      As a psych student, I advocate for a holistic approach to mental health, the more you can do that you think will help, the better your chances of being able to overcome your depression.

      As I said earlier, I have been there myself, I know it can be scary, you are not alone.

      -- Jessica Dineen

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  6. Get help. Don't spend your days dragging yourself through depression. There's plenty of help to be had IF you reach out. So, please do!

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