My family says I have depression

I'm in my late teens and live with my dad. The only time I go out is for my college classes. Sometimes when I see my friends I want to talk with them, but sometimes I won't want to talk to them for days or even weeks.

Sometimes I feel i'm not worth knowing or i'm never going to do anything right.

Are they right, am I depressed?

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

The answer to the question of whether or not you're depressed, is less meaningful than what you are doing to feel strong and secure in your life.

Otherwise, people shortcut themselves to go deeper in understanding who they are and what they'd like to do with their lives, and accept "depression" as though it is their new name.

What you write sounds like classic depression.

What to do about this feeling is to get closer to yourself in an accepting way.  

Assume that what you do in daily living is somehow necessary.  Unless you are doing immoral or illegal actions to other people, to accept your own wishes as truth will open you to appreciate why you do what you do.

Make believe you're interesting and find out more about who you are, if you have trouble to start with thinking of yourself as worth understanding.

The more you appreciate who you are and your unique strengths, vulnerabilities and fears, the more these will dissolve by what seems on their own.

In fact they will disappear bc you are believing in yourself and your ways.

Good luck!

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