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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Am I Just Sad, or Depressed?

Written by  Marc Garson MSW, ACSW, ACP

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I don't know if I have a problem. Sometimes I get really depressed and I can't stop crying, (this usually happens at night). In the morning I always feel better. I always have thoughts of suicide no matter what. Do you think this is a problem?

- Sad One



A

Dear Sad One,

Yes, it definitely does mean something that you are crying frequently, and often having suicidal thoughts.

I am glad you wrote to us, because realizing that you need help is the first step in getting better.

It's important to talk and / or write about how your feeling, and it's usually very helpful to do so with someone trained to help you put the rush of intense feelings into some sort of coherent perspective.

It is nothing to be ashamed of either, it's just your system's way of letting you know that there is something going on within you.

You need to get help now. Tell a trusted adult how you feel - a parent, guidance counselor, or teacher. They can get you the professional help that you need.

You deserve to be happy again! I hope you see it that way, too....

See Crisis Center / Suicide

Sincerely,

Marc H. Garson
MSW, ACSW, ACP

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Marc Garson MSW, ACSW, ACP

Marc Garson MSW, ACSW, ACP

Marc Garson has a BA in psychology from the University of Texas in Austin, a MasterSs of Social Work (MSW) from Yeshiva University in New York City, and a Master of Science in Business Management from Boston University. He has been a practicing clinical psychotherapist since 1986. He is a licensed clinical social worker and advanced clinical practitioner in the State of Texas, and a longstanding member of the National Association of Social Workers. His clinical specialties include marriage and family, adolescence, parenting, and family therapies. He also has an extensive background in chemical dependency and codependence treatment. Marc is married and the father of three beautiful little girls: Daniella age 7, Ariella age 6, & Miera age 3. Marc's special interests and hobbies include football, rock and jazz music, boating, weightlifting, chess, philosophy, and business. He loves to travel, and is something of a gourmet chef.

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