Struggling with depression

This letter writer can’t get the support they need from their parents. 

Our elder has some advice on seeking help with their mental health.


Dear EWC

It’s been four years since I’ve been dealing with depression and even more than that time, with anxiety. I want to get rid of this. Sorry to say but the reason for my depression and anxiety is my family. They’re toxic and emotionally abusive. They don’t physically abuse me now that I’m a growing teen, but they never stop abusing me emotionally. I’m unable to share my response and my concerns to them since they don’t really consider mental health being important and they have a strong belief that their way of parenting is really good. But I don’t want to deal with this any longer. I’ve suffered enough, I’m afraid that I might get suicidal tendencies again. I want to live. Free from all this. Please help me.


Jan4you replies

I am so sorry you are still struggling with your mental depression and anxiety now. Your culture seems to be reluctant to recognize it’s not a weakness to get mental health treatment. It’s healthy and part of your general health. So your parents seem to be a part of their own upbringing and culture, right?

My advice is to start with the doctor you see for check ups or when you are sick. Do you have your own doctor?

Here is a link with the information and hotline number if you are feeling suicidal. My guess is that they are trained to offer you resources. They probably are very aware of the cultural issues in Bangladesh families.

Also, many of us have felt hopeless at times. Thoughts of suicide are not uncommon. Do you have the means of harming yourself? That is when you call these numbers. But you also need support if you are underage and still under your parents’ rules. So try your own doctor or try these links. There is a hotline number listed in the upper left corner of the page. 

Then please come back and let me know how you are doing. Know that I hear you, validate your symptoms and care that you receive the support you need. 

I am sending you courage, hope and healing hugs!

Best Regards,


Article #: 492994

Category: Self-Improvement

One Comment

  1. It has been a year now.i have been depressed and I drink alcohol to get lead of it. I can’t get out of it,the problem is my gf and family asking for lots of things I can’t do. I was involved in poun too.

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