Our expert says:
Hmmm There's no point in recognizing the presence of Depression unless one does something effective about it --- sad that the psychologist wasn't more competent and positive about this. And again, the school counsellors should have been more active, too.
I wonder why your former friends would bad-mouth you. One doesn't bother to bad-nouth someone unless in some way you find them significant or even a threat --- a nobody can be ignored without wasting energy. I understand your sensitivity about the dental braces, but again, usually its the person wearing the braces who feels they look aawful, while most other people either don't notice or don't care.
I don't think that most ( if indeed, any ) people actually dislike you --- I suspect the central issue is that YOU don't like you, and some other people pick up on that vibe, while you are probably unduly sensitive to any thing you can interpret as fitting your assumption that people won't like you.
Counselling, especially of the CBT variety, would really help --- focussing on self-esteem and self-confidence.
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