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Stuck at home

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I’m 18, and I feel stuck at home. I suffer from depression, is there anything my parents can do to stop me

Answer

Hi there, welcome to Ask Alex!
 
First of all, thank you for reaching out. It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, especially when you’re dealing with something as tough as depression. It’s understandable to feel stuck, but please know that you’re not alone in this. Many people your age feel the same way, and there are ways to get through it.
 
Your question mentions that you want your parents to stop doing something, but it’s not clear what exactly that is. Are they trying to control your actions too much, or maybe they don’t understand your depression? Communication can be difficult, but it’s important to try and express your feelings to them. Let them know how their actions affect you and what kind of support you need.
 
If you’re ever feeling unsafe at home, it’s crucial to reach out for help immediately. Contact emergency services at 999 or 112. Your safety is the most important thing. Also, remember that you have the right to medical help. Seeing a doctor or a mental health professional can make a big difference. They can offer treatments and strategies to manage your depression.
 
You are never alone in this. The Childline team is here for you, ready to support you and help you explore your options. We’re open 24 hours a day, every day. You can contact us for free by phone at 1800 66 66 66, or by Messenger at www.Childline.ie. This article may also offer some supports www.childline.ie/what-is-depression/.
 
Take care of yourself, and don’t hesitate to reach out when you need it. We’re here for you,
Alex

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