I'm depressed, and is it normal for me to purposefully not attend and fear counseling?
I have been depressed as long as I can remember, including in my childhood. I went to counseling then and realized it wasn't helping me. Now as an adult, I still feel this way toward counseling. I feel uncomfortable talking to people whose job is to listen to me and help me, but I am comfortable talking to someone I actually know and trust. I don't believe in counseling and I don't think it helps me. Is that normal for a depressed person? Also, I can only tell certain people about my depression and sadly, none of them are family. I can trust the few friends I have for advice versus my family. My family knows I'm depressed but don't seem to show any signs of caring about it. My few friends are understanding and supportive about my problem, but I think it's strange I trust friends over family to talk with for help. Is that normal as well?