I think I may have depression. My mum has it and not a day goes by where I spend at least three hours feeling miserable. I often think there is no hope for me and the desire to self-harm is strong. I have a very low self image, I often label myself as a 'worthless attention whore' or something similar. Even for asking this question I feel pathetic. I'm scared of getting counselling and I'm not sure how to deal with my feelings. My genetic father was mentally ill, though I don't know what he had.

I just feel I really need help, as I wish to become a paramedic in the future and I have to overcome this in order to achieve my goal.