Get help.

I usually try to make this a light-hearted and enjoyable break from life, but there is definitely an issue that I feel needs to be addressed. (So yes, this means serious talk.)

Some secrets are funny, while others are more serious. Some of you bring up issues of depression, anxiety, suicide, and overall displeasure with your life. I want you to know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting help when you feel like you need it. Depression and anxiety are disorders that often times need medical treatment. Don’t be ashamed and don’t be afraid, get help. No one will think any less of you for being strong and recognizing that you need help feeling better, I promise. I encourage you to seek the help that you need.

Personal confession: I suffer from clinical depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder myself. I got help. I went to the school psychiatrist and was put on medication. Not a single person looked down on me for it, and NO ONE judged me. At all. Admitting that you have a mental disorder is the hardest step, but it is the first big step you have to take to make yourself better. You need to understand that it is NOTHING you did. You were born this way, as many, many people are. I promise you you aren’t alone, and I also promise you that it WILL get better. You just have to take those steps to make it happen. It’s worth it; you are worth it.

This is another blog of mine about what I went through starting medication for all of this: http://throughthemedication.wordpress.com/

I love all of you, I truly do. I care about each and every one of you, and I want to do anything I can to help you. If you even just want to speak to me directly about it, feel free to e-mail me (terpsecret@gmail.com). We can talk via e-mail, Skype, text message, phone, in person, AIM, Facebook, cups attached by a string, carrier pigeon (though that isn’t ideal)… whatever. I am MORE than willing to talk to you guys about this, so please do not hesitate to talk to me. I know a lot about this topic and I have experienced a whole lot as far as dealing with my disorders. I’m not going to judge you, I won’t tell a soul. Just like the site, it can be our secret forever.

As far as getting professional help is concerned, there are many options listed on the UMD Health Center site. Here are some of the on-campus options for help. These medical professional handle problems like yours every day, and are here to help anyone who needs it:

Mental Health Service: Medication
Call (301) 314-8106 if you are interested in scheduling an appointment with a psychiatrist at the Mental Health Service.

Counseling Center
Located in the Shoemaker Building
Call (301) 314-7651
http://www.counseling.umd.edu/
The University of Maryland Counseling Center provides comprehensive psychological and counseling services to meet the mental health and developmental needs of students and others in the campus community. To help foster academic, personal, and career development in students, a wide range of counseling, consultation, and educational services are offered. We support the academic goals of the University through consultation with faculty, staff and campus organizations.

The Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program (SARPP)
Located in the University Health Center, Room 2118D
24-hour Advocate Crisis Cell Phone: (301) 741-3442
Email: sarppadvocate@health.umd.edu
For more information, call (301) 314-2222
http://www.health.umd.edu/mentalhealth/sarpp
The SARPP Office provides free and confidential resources, support and assistance to any member of the UMD community who is impacted directly or indirectly by rape, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.

Help Center
Call (301) 314-HELP
http://www.umdhelpcenter.org/
The HELP Center is the campus telephone hotline, where you can speak to a fellow student peer-counselor in confidence about any matter that concerns you.

Psychology Clinic
Located in the Bio-Psychology Building
Call (301) 405-4808
Individual therapy, long-term using cognitive behavioral therapy and/or psychodynamic orientation. Behavior therapy also available for anxiety disorders. Charge: $10/session. Psychological testing is also available.

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