Skip 
Navigation Link
Homosexuality & Bisexuality
Resources
Basic InformationLatest NewsQuestions and AnswersLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Family & Relationship Issues

Ask Dr. SchwartzAsk Dr. Schwartz:
Psychotherapy and Mental Health questions

Am I depressed and what should I do?

Mon, Jan 5th 2009

I am 19 years old, I'm starting my second year at university in February. About a year ago I came out to my mom and some friends, and told them I'm gay. Everyone has been ok with it so far, but for some reason, I feel they shouldn't be. I feel like I should be punished for being gay, although I know that there's nothing I can do about it. My mom has been really supportive, and I love her for that. My parents are divorced and I have no intention of telling my dad that I'm gay. I've never had the relationship that I would really like with my dad. I blame him for the divorce because he cheated on my mom. Some days it just feels like things in my life are too much. People expect too much of me. I'm not doing as well as I want to in my studies. My girlfriend and I broke up and then I fell for another girl and things between us aren't working out either because she has hang ups over her ex. The thing I do to protect myself from all the feelings and hurt I have, is that I sleep. If I'm not on campus or at work I'm usually asleep. Or I'm out partying with friends. That way I just forget about all the hurt. My friends think that I'm the happiest person alive because I'm always smiling and pretending that my life is great. Am I depressed? What should I do to feel better about myself and be truly happy?

THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION WILL NOT BE DISPLAYED UNTIL YOU HAVE INDICATED YOUR AGREEMENT WITH THE DISCLAIMER PRINTED JUST BELOW. CLICK THE 'I AGREE' BUTTON TO AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND SEE THE RESPONSE.

Disclaimer

  • Dr. Schwartz responds to questions about psychotherapy and mental health problems, from the perspective of his training in clinical psychology.
  • Dr. Schwartz intends his responses to provide general educational information to the readership of this website; answers should not be understood to be specific advice intended for any particular individual(s).
  • Questions submitted to this column are not guaranteed to receive responses.
  • No correspondence takes place.
  • No ongoing relationship of any sort (including but not limited to any form of professional relationship) is implied or offered by Dr. Schwartz to people submitting questions.
  • Dr. Schwartz, Mental Help Net and CenterSite, LLC make no warranties, express or implied, about the information presented in this column. Dr. Schwartz and Mental Help Net disclaim any and all merchantability or warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or liability in connection with the use or misuse of this service.
  • Always consult with your psychotherapist, physician, or psychiatrist first before changing any aspect of your treatment regimen. Do not stop your medication or change the dose of your medication without first consulting with your physician.