Our expert says:
OK. YOu're very wise to recognize that Depression is something that has to be taken seriously, as must thoughts of suicide. A support group is a good idea --- contact the Anxiety/Depression Support group ( number on this page, and they also have a website ) to check if there's a support group within reach of you. Also, discuss this situation with your parents. Antidepressants shouldnt be avoided where they are needed. And CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) is a specific method of counselling ( the Depression/Anxiety Support group can point you to some local shrinks providing it ) which has been shown in good research to be as effective as antidepressants.
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