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Feeling very down

Hi, I am currently a college student and since a long time have been suffering from periods of depression, but recently it's gotten much worse to the point where everyday has become like a struggle. I seem to have lost hope and many a time contemplate suicide even. I want to go to a psychiatrist but I can't get myself to tell my parents. What do you suggest I do? I sometimes wonder if I'm just overreacting and should just bear with it but it feels like a constant weight pressing down on me and I can't even enjoy myself around friends much now. Anything to make things easier is appreciated.
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Ms. Vidhi Shah Prabhu Bangalore | Clinical Psychologist
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Hi, I understand your problem can be stressing you out especially when you feel your parents might not agree with your opinion of visiting a professional for an opinion. What I appreciate about you is that you have recognized your symptoms correctly and in time and this shows you have an intellectual insight to your problem. You should definitely sit with your parents and try explaining them calmly and systematically about your mental state. You can start by trying to explain that you find it difficult to focus on your books and that a psychiatrist could help you on those lines. Once they agree, the psychiatrist will do the job of providing more awareness about your problem and you could start with medications as well as counseling sessions. You should definitely not live with the symptoms especially when they are as severe as suicidal ideations. Please do not try to harmful yourself, there is a curable solution to your problem. I hope this gives you some immediate help and you get to visit a professional asap. Don't be scared of addressing the elephant in the room just because you think people won't understand you. It's important to be concerned for your own health and communicate it thoroughly to the concerned people.
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Dr. Navya G Bangalore | General Physician
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Hi there. Everybody wil feel unhappy and low at times but if feeling sad for very long time den may be your suffering from depression. Symptoms of depression include Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions, Fatigue and decreased energy, Feelings of helpless, hopeless and worthless, Insomnia, early morning wakefulness, or sometimes excessive sleeping, Irritability, restlessness, Loss of interest in activities which were pleasurable before, Loss of pleasure in life, Overeating or appetite loss, Persistent aches or pains, headaches or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment. Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings, Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts. Treatment includes relaxation exercises, discussing to your loved ones about your problem, psychotherapy, anti depressant medications, read motivational books, quotes. There are many online groups and site where people who suffered from depression and cured, help others to overcome depression. You can join such groups which help you to speak out. Please do consult psychiatrist attend counseling. Don't attempt any life threatening activities.
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