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I'm sorry you're feeling so lonely and sad. It never helps when people say "Don't worry so much" or "You have nothing to be depressed about." They are just trying to help, but they don't understand what it feels like to have this constant worry and sadness. To answer your question, you *definitely* will be happy again. Rather than eliciting control by not eating, try telling yourself, instead you will eat healty foods. Making yourself eat well is still having control. See the problem is that people like us with anxiety tend to not eat well and not get enough sleep and we feel worse. Believe me, I know it isn't easy. Something else you could try is when you feel these anxious thoughts coming on, visualize a big red stop sign in your mind and tell yourself to just stop it. Again, it isn't easy at first and it might even sound really silly, but it helps. When you feel yourself worrying about something and getting upset...say "stop" and then go about your business. Sometimes just breaking the pattern of allowing ourselves to keep thinking these upsetting thoughts helps. I think that may be why cutting yourself helps because it is a distractor and gives you something else to think about. Why not try a distractor that doesn't hurt and is more productive to helping you feel better? If the stop sign doesn't work, think of some other things you could do to distract yourself when you are thinking these thoughts that upset you. Do you have a pet you could spend time with or a friend you could call? Call a friend and talk about something you enjoy rather than what's bothering you. By the end of the call, you are feeling a little better. You could even try reading a book and really focusing on the words. Do something to treat yourself...everyone could use a little pampering and you deserve it! Maybe pick up something you like to cook and make yourself a nice dinner including a great desert. Also, it is definitely a positive thing to have a mom you can talk to and confide in, but realize that you can also rely on yourself. I know it doesn't feel that way sometimes, but you can. You're tougher than you think. I hope this helps at least a little. I've had anxiety disorder since I was a little kid and I know how hard it is and how much it hurts sometimes. Some of these things have helped me get through some rough times.

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