I have a few things to say on this topic. I've had depression and bipolar and anxiety disorder since I was 12. I was in counselling for a long time and it REALLY helped- being able to get things off of my chest and find out- this is important- that I wasn't alone, people did care about me, I wasn't *crazy*- that was something I really needed. But I was in deep enough that I needed medication. years and years of medication. First prozac, then zoloft, then wellbutrin. the combination of wellbutrin and counselling got me to a point where I am now unmedicated and completely functional again. Counselling is a vital step, and it really helps.
Originally Posted by Renovia
i have been through some counselling and i am on zoloft.
Be careful with Zoloft, everyone. It can help with depression but if you have bipolar, as I do, it can cause suicide- basically what happens is you're still miserable but now you have the energy to do something about it. I've lost three bipolar friends to zoloft.
Originally Posted by kluchetta
Don't forget that there may be school resources you can use.
I don't know about anyone else but here at Hamline U in MN, counselling is free of charge.
If you feel you'd be able to be honest and let things go with a counsellor, by all means, find one you like and start feeling better! But make sure you're ready to be honest- I had a friend who was so afraid of being labeled "crazy" that she refused to go to counselling and when she did she lied and said she was fine. The fact that you want to seek a counsellor is a step in a great direction! I hope things work out for you and that you start feeling better very soon. If you ever need to talk, give me a PM.