An_258776, keep in mind that the original poster said she was a teenage girl. How is she supposed to "pay a doc like the rest of us?" There is really no call for that type of rudeness, particularly when we already have a problem with not enough people responding in a helpful way.View Thread
Feel free to do that, sterling001. I'm sorry there was no one to respond to you. You should know, however, that responses here can be rather sparse since we have lost most of the doctors who used to post here and membership is dwindling. You are unlikely to find a medical professional willing to give you more than the most vague of advice, however, make sure you check out anxieties.org because there is some great free advice there.View Thread
Welcome to WebMD! I think you will find some supportive people here in some of the communities. And with libability issues these days, people always say "see a doctor" which is really frustrating when you can't see one!
Because of that, I set up a thread for people to share ways they help their depression. I hope you find some useful tips there.
It can be tough to find help, that's for sure. You will be able to find information on WebMD to better understand your condition, and if you go to the depression community you may find some support at least. Welcome to the group, and here are the links:
Hopefully this will at least give you some places to start. With health care this difficult to get, many of us are having to research our own conditions and find ways to help ourselves. I'm going through the same thing so I understand.
To other responders: Please be a little nicer when replying to someone asking for help. We may not be able to do much but we can at least try to be understanding. A "what do you expect?" really doesn't do anything for anyone.View Thread
It's good to have you here. With your intelligence and thoughtfulness, I am sure you will eventually be able to find a solution. One bit of advice I have is not to regard your doctors as infallible. Take advantage of their knowledge, use them as a resource, but always remember that you are the only one inside your own head. You may not be schizophrenic. Or you may be. Either way, let them help you learn ways to manage your condition but always be an aware part of your own health care strategy.
Also, try meditation. That can really help you find that quiet, still place inside yourself that you need so badly. It's not outside in the world, it's in you.
You are an intelligent, bright, talented person. I can tell this just by reading your words. There is hope and there is peace. I wish you good fortune in finding it.View Thread
Meditation can help you retrain your mind into new patterns. If you have OCD, you might want to talk to your therapist about what kind is best. Meditation can actually have lasting positive effects on the way you think. Sometimes it's easier to meditate while in motion - like during exercise or while driving on a lonely stretch of road. Basic focus on your breath is a good way to start.View Thread
Welcome to the group... sorry for the late reply. I'm happy to see you here. I'd like to offer my sympathy to you... you've been through a lot. And I think it's AWESOME what you have done with your life, not because of your family, but on your own.
You have proven yourself to be a strong, courageous person. I know it doesn't feel like that right now. My spouse has some similar issues, her life was filled with derision and abuse for much of her life and she's disowned her family as her only avenue to peace. Something that's helped her is reminding herself "that was then, this is now." Repeated often enough, it can help. I hate to say this but if you haven't done this already you might want to consider breaking off all contact with your biological family. They sound like they are not good for you to be around.
Forget those who are bad for you, strengthen ties with those who are good for you. Consciously decide that you will keep on building your new life, and only allow your new, "true" family and whoever you choose to be in it. Sometimes self empowerment can make a HUGE difference.
Okay, that makes sense. Sometimes it's good to think about why we want things as well as what we want. I hope you do check out anxieties.org though, there are some self diagnostic tests and also good solid advice that has helped me. There is stuff that is paid, but the advice and articles are free.View Thread
Start by looking at why you don't want to leave home. If you don't want to go, that's understandable, but you want to make sure you know why. If worst comes to worst, since you are 17 you will be away from them soon anyway and not have to go with them. As you look at your own motivations, you might want to look for signs of resentment, reasons why you don't want to be with them, feelings of them planning things without consulting you and expecting you to go anyway, etc.
Is this new? The family wanting to take trips, that is? If they are saying things like "it's your FAULT that we didn't do X" it sounds like they don't think your concens are valid. So at the very least, dig down to why you feel the way you do so you can discuss things better.View Thread