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Anon asked 12 years ago

I believe I suffer from depression. I am 24 yrs old. My mother was diagnosed with cancer, two years later she passed away. the experience was heart wrenching, and I miss her so much. I am now left with my father who is very nasty to me at times. Most of my friends have moved away. I feel very lonely. I am introverted, and when I try to extend myself and make friends with people I seem to hit brick walls which makes me even more apprehensive and discouraged. In addition I often have nightmares of my mother living and dying. I feel like I’m at the end of my rope. What should I do?

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Insight Psychological Staff answered 12 years ago

clinical depression is the result of an imbalance of chemicals in your brain. What you seem to be struggling with is a normal reaction to some significant life issues. You’ve experienced two great losses (the passing of your mother and the moving of your friends), and now you are living with a father who you cannot connect with. It’s no wonder you feel at the end of your rope!

I highly recommend coming in to speak with a therapist. In therapy you can find closure regarding the loss of your mother, you can determine how you come across to others which may help you make new friends, and you can also work on establishing a new relationship with your father (I wonder if some of his “nastiness” is related to the loss of his wife?). It would be beneficial for you to speak to someone about your apprehension and loneliness. Working on these issues will help you move past them. You can make an appointment with us here at Insight at 780-461-1717, or The Support Network (780-482-0198).