Dealing with Depression/depression

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I'm twelve. From Pakistan. Girl. Moved to England due to father's job. I need help. Cant tell my parents; they don't get me well enough to understand. I feel depressed. Here are my symptoms:
- Find sleep hard to get
- Cry a lot
- I can't concentrate as easily as I used to
- I feel alone and overwhelmingly trapped; I feel like I don't have any place to go when I want to be alone
- I hate being social
- I have lost my once huge appetite
- I think negatively a lot
- I am very short-tempered these days
- I've lost interest in my favorite hobbies ( i.e. reading)
- I feel down most of the time- as in tired, or not up to doing things.
- I feel very restless, but at the same time tired

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Hi Momina,

I want to emphasize that you are NOT mentally ill, but physically ill that has mental consequences. Most young people with depression are in fact hypoglycemic (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/what-is-hypoglycemia/)

This can be treated by going on a hypoglycemic diet (   http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/the-hypoglycemic-diet/)

Please read the following article and that your parents should also read to understand you.

Depression is a Nutritional Disorder
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/depression-a-nutritional-disorder/

Please discuss with a nutritional doctor if you want to.

Please let me know how you are going on?


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I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at: http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

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Nutritional Psychotherapist

Organizations
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia

Publications
Book: GETTING OFF THE HOOK
My articles can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1M3x0ciu21Q8-KJO3tcIuxE-Mn97OIxCKzuhHDY8umrU#id.m9k24s-yjf9sc

Education/Credentials
BA (Psych) Sydney University, Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

Past/Present Clients
See My Career as a Nutritional Psychotherapist at: http://psychonutrionaltherapy.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-career-as-nutritional-psychologist.html

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