Finding the right help is challenging, at any age. You need to find a psychiatrist in your area that can help you. This means checking out several, not just going to the first one you find. Web sites such as healthgrades.com or vitals.com are a place to begin your search for a competent psychiatrist.
If you haven't done so already, get educated on your disease and the treatments. WedMD is a start. If you like to read, you should have a look at "The Noonday Demon" by Andrew Solomon. Very well written and researched (by an author, not an MD) and the most comprehensive book on the subject I've ever come across. Published in 2001, there is likely a copy in your public library.
Exercise. Often the last thing you feel like doing when you are depressed, it also one of the best things you can do.
Keep your parents in the loop. They love you unconditionally and will do their best to help you find the treatment you need. It might also be worth checking in with your school counselor, not for treatment, but they may know of support resources in your area. Same advise if you go to church; speak to your pastor/priest/etc. They are often familiar with support resources in your area.
Taking steps like these can help with the trapped feeling your dealing with. Also remember that you will get better, a fact that can be impossible to accept when you are struggling. Also remember that you are not alone. Depression is extremely common and the advent of online discussion boards makes it easy to connect with others.View Thread
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