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  1. Cassie Shannon

    I called in sick... again

    Please don't feel guilty but do seek help. Something in your life is causing you to be depressed. Obviously, you are preforming well at work or you would not have received a raise so put that thought from your mind and find a counselor to speak with. Sometimes confronting our anxiety, fear, or loss is enough to be able to shake off the beginning stages of depression and often without the aid of medication. However, if you don't address these issues you could find yourself in a deeper place that is harder (but possible) to overcome. I would also encourage you to also start an exercise routine, maybe add it to your morning before work. Exercise is a potent way to encourage our bodies and minds to be well. I've been there and these things helped me so much. I also believe my Christian faith has helped me overcome depression. Best to you!
  2. My cousin was in a similar situation. She lost custody of both her children for about 4 years. During this time she had to recover, find a job, show she could keep herself clean by doing drug tests regularly, keeping a clean house, caring for herself and bettering herself by continuing drug and alcohol meetings. My cousins parents took custody of her children and allowed her to see them in weekly supervised visits. It was really tough on my cousin and she was so angry with her parents but she was determined to overcome and overcome she did. Today she has full custody of both of her children and they are all thriving. I know it seems like your mom is punishing you but truly she is doing you a huge favor by caring for your daughter while you get on your feet. Make those weekly visits the very best you can and after you have proven yourself begin the process to regain custody.
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    Hello Togemii, I understand where you are coming from because many people find depression a difficult thing to speak about. If you are still in school schedule a visit with your school counselor and ask for help on how to approach your mom about your depression. Your counselor may even have suggestions on who to see once you speak to your mom. I would also consider asking your mom to go with you to the phycologist or licensed counselor (at least the first time). Including your mom and letting her know why you are depressed will hopefully bring you closer and it may help your mom as well. Often more than one family member is suffering but they try to be strong and suffer alone. Remember you are strong for asking for help. Hope things work out soon.
  4. Cassie Shannon

    new and Feeling hopeless

    Hi David, I have a niece who is struggling with depression and is in the process of moving back in with her parents. First of all know that many people are struggling but the answer truly does lie in working on yourself. Although the therapist may not seem to be working I'd suggest to continue seeing them like others have suggested. Overtime, a good therapist can help you find the skills to improve your life. Maybe since you cannot afford to move out you could possibly sign up for a driving class. Learning to drive and be independent in some part of your life would be freeing. I'm sure your therapist could recommend a driving school. Hope you find some personal freedom soon. God bless.
  5. Cassie Shannon

    How are things?

    Hi Madi, I'm online reading posts and realizing many of us need to muster up some strength and go outside and talk to others. My neighbor just ran by to share some veggies and we started talking. One thing led to another and this person who seems to have the world by the tail was dealing with relationship issues with his birth family. He was so depressed and needed a friend but felt like he had no one. Its made me believe if I could be there for him I could also help others and that maybe I've been to hard on people. I'm going to start going out more and look at people differently. Hope everyone has a great day!