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    Lately I've been feeling so down about everything. My life looks positive on the outside I guess, I got decent A levels, I'm going to go to my dream university, my family is supportive, the future looks great. But I don't feel great.

    I've felt depressed for almost 3 years now. I haven't seen a professional about it because of the stigma surrounding it, my family told me to turn to God. So I did, and it helped. I felt better when I prayed and I've been holding on to that. But lately looking more into religion, I don't know if I even agree with or believe in it any more. I still love God and I know He's out there but I've stopped praying and have almost lost all faith.

    It's brought me crashing down again and now I feel so upset all the time. I just thing, is it even worth it? My family are very conservative and have put in place all kinds of rules I have to follow when I go to university, paired with a few threats to make sure the message really hits home. It's really putting the pressure on, I don't know I just feel like I don't want to live anymore. I hate every minute of my existence from the minute I wake up to the moment I fall asleep.

    I guess I'm looking for some sort of reassurance, someone to tell me it'll be ok, that it's all worth something. Thanks for reading.

    Get professional help. If there is a stigma, then you can just ignore it; most people are understanding and supportive of people with mental health issues. In fact, it has a negative effect on other people if you don't get it sorted.

    Being diagnosed with depression shouldn't affect you negatively unless you work in very specific job roles.

    When you get to university there should be some form of confidential counseling as well as health advice. I don't know what your parents have been telling you, but you're an adult - or soon to be. University is a place for you to develop and become self sufficient, don't let your parents get in the way of that.

    *If you want to talk, feel free to message me.
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