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I'm not sure if its just a teen phase or something. But i am overly depressed for what seems like all the time. Family issues, personal issues, boy issues etc. The same as any other teen just a bit more severe. I started self harm at age 11. I started hating myself at a pretty early. When my family found out they saw it as "looking for attention". I've been clean from self harm for about a year now & i'm 17. I told my family about my frequent 'suicidal thoughts' and again they just thought i was seeking attention, when in reality i'm just seeking help. My family is verbally and physically abusive, but i love them anyway. My friends only advice is to stay strong. But that isn't always enough. How am i supposed to seek professional help when my family doesn't even believe i need it? My coping mechanism is drugs. Which it shouldn't be, because i know way better than to do it. But its the only thing that numbs the pain. At least for a little while. But my question is, how do i overcome my depression? Because everyday is a battle with myself.

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Seek help outside of family. Chances are you are attending school. All schools offer counseling and they are professionals who can help you work through or at least point you in a direction to fix the problems that Are affecting you. There are also services that are offered through like the boys and girls clubs churches and other religious groups where they aren't trying to convert you but offer counseling services as well. I am unfortunaly not the person to seek help from as these issues take someone who knows much more about where you are coming from and I do not have that knowledge. I know that if you call a school and ask for counseling they will often be happy to aid you or again point you in the right direction.

I hope you are able to rise above this depression and addiction to drugs.  

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Since I am a teen just like you I have either gone through or helped people through mostly every type of teen issues. I can answer any kind of question dealing with puberty, sexuality, emotions, and issues with you parents. If I don't know the answer to a question you have I will research it until I have a good answer to your problem. I am not that great at answering religious or relational problems but I am willing to work with you until any question is solved. I am a teen just like you so I know what you are going through and I am always willing to work with you through these troubling times. I check my email daily and I am willing to spend as long as it takes to help you work through your problem and make you feel better. I love to help people out no matter the issue or time of day. I understand that you want an honest answer without being judged by someone just because you are going through some tough times. If you prefer to talk one on one more privately please feel free to ask me to do so and I will be happy to chat with you via email or some other form or private messaging. I know that some questions and concerns are a little more personal then you want to allow to be public.

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I know exactly what it is like to go through high school. I am a Christian who wants to be a scientist so my views on religion are not one sided. I enjoy helping anyone in need and will try to the best of my abilities to make you feel better in any way I can. I have two loving parents but we have our issues. I have ADHD that has made me struggle to get to where I am today but it was worth it.

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I am a member if my local chapters of Golden Key and Sigma Alpha Pi both of which are honor societies who select students in the top ten percent of their class to join.

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I am attending college full time and will be focusing my studies towards becoming a chemist. I have extensive knowledge of teen life, since I am still a teen. I love to help people no matter what the situation is so please feel free to ask me anything. However I am best at answering questions dealing with life as a teen including sex, puberty and your body.

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I have been on the deans list for my college for my entire time in college and am currently holding a very high GPA.

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