The first thing I want to do is get to know you better.
I want you to feel comfortable, to feel like you are here.
We want you out of your shell.
We have to take the reins.
We don’t want you worrying about what people are saying.
We’re not worried about whether people are talking about you.
We just want to know how you are feeling.
That will be the first step in the beginning of therapy.
But we need to see you in a way that lets you know, “This is not my problem.”
You are not a stranger to depression.
But it is a life-changing disease that is going to take time.
It is a process.
You will see your depression as a part of you.
But the first thing you will do is go to your doctor.
I’m going to start at the beginning.
It’s important to do that.
When you get there, we will talk about what you are going through.
And I want the doctor to help you understand why you are having depression and what it is you are trying to do.
And it’s not just depression.
There are so many other disorders and disorders that you may not be aware of.
I am going to help with these things as well.
I will talk to you about how to treat your depression and how to get help.
There is a lot of medication out there for depression, but you need to get a prescription from a doctor.
And when you get to a doctor, you will get a pill.
And if you don’t take it, the doctor will give you an alternative.
So this is a big step.
You are going to want to get to the doctor.
But you are also going to have to do this.
We need to talk about all of these things.
So, first thing is to talk to your psychiatrist.
And then you will have to find a doctor who will prescribe medication.
And you will be in a very supportive environment.
And so this is going be a very rewarding process.
Then, you are not going to feel as alone.
You don’t have to feel that you are the only one who has a problem.
You’re not alone.
This is your world, this is your reality.
We all need to have the courage to get outside of that shell and be a part to help other people.
You need to be able to take control of your life.
You have to have control of who you are.
You can be a leader, you can be an entrepreneur, you could be a scientist.
You could even be a doctor in a field that you love.
There may not have been a better person for that job than you.
If you’re having depression, we want to hear from you.
You want to share your story.
You just want somebody to listen to you.
So go ahead.
Write your story and we’ll talk about it.
If I could give you a little piece of advice, I would say: I know you are anxious.
But I’m also here to help.
We may not like it right now, but we will do our best.
So you can go out and be your best self.
And this is just one step in a long journey.
And hopefully, it will be worth it.
And the longer you go through this, the more you can trust the doctor and your psychiatrist and your therapist.
And just to give you some encouragement, I just want you guys to know that depression is going away.
It can be over with in a couple of days.
So don’t think that it’s going away for another few weeks or months.
You do need to take care of yourself.
And there is a good chance that you will heal.
So let’s get back to this next step.
The second thing you are doing right now is to find someone who has been through this same process and is also dealing with the same problems.
That person may be a family member or friend.
They may have gone through this themselves.
Or they may be dealing with a family physician who is working with a doctor or therapist in the same field.
Or maybe they have a friend who is having depression.
Let them know what is going on.
Then you will need to find that person.
You may be able talk to that person, but I would encourage you to get the phone number of your doctor or your therapist to get on the phone.
You might not be able.
But if you get on a phone call with someone who knows someone who is struggling, that is a great place to start.
That’s really what we need right now.
We also need to connect with other people who are struggling with depression.
That is a really great way to start the conversation.
And that is how you will start to build your network.
I hope that you can see a therapist.
You should see a psychiatrist.
You’ll see a family doctor, a pediatric psychologist.
There really is no other