Talking with family and friends
Sometimes it can be hard to talk about how you are feeling with your parents or close friends. You might think "What will they say?" "How will they understand?" But the truth is they want the best for you. They do not want to see you hurting.
Parents and friends will react in different ways. Some may be supportive and caring while others might have trouble understanding your experiences. It can be surprising to see how helpful people can be when you let them know what's going on. Others might feel frustrated because they don't know how to help or because they feel disappointed that they had not seen how unhappy or anxious you were.
If their reaction is because they don't know much about anxiety or depression then you may be able to learn about it together. Talking about what is going on can really help.