Blue, You know, as a sixteen year old, you are quite intelligent and have a good hold on the reality of the peers around you. Your mom, honestly may not understand why you would have depression. She sees you as a successful dancer, probably good in school (most readers are), you have passion for dance since you have done it for so long. It sounds like you have had a couple of events happen that may have triggered your start into depression. You mentioned that you have bad knees, diabetes, a transplant (organ?), and then a broken finger. You definitely must be an athlete! :) You know, if you have been dancing for so long and you haven't had a break, you may very definitely need a break. The problem that arises (well, in my experience) is that after you stop doing what you have been doing most of your life, you find that your identity is gone. The person that you were is no longer there, and you have to go find what else makes you happy. Your friends at school, unfortunately, at this age are very self centered and only think about themselves. I was alone, with no parents at 16 and why this was very difficult on me, my friends thought it was the coolest thing in the world because they thought we could party at my house. Noone ever stopped to ask how it was affecting me. Do you work? With so many injuries, aren't you in a lot of pain? How often do you dance? If you slowed down, concentrated on catching up in school...are you going to summer school, that may take you away from the crowd at dance class and perhaps put you into a different social circle. If your mom is not helping hardly at all in any way, that is difficult. The great thing is that you do realize something is wrong and you are willing to go seek help. I wasn't, I fought it tooth and nail. Each time you go to therapy, they should give you a homework assignment to do, and believe me, these are not easy, you have to dig deep and find out what is the core of how and why you feel the way you do. It is exhausting, but after therapy is over, the time is different for everyone, most of the time you come out feeling like you can conquer the world! They arm you with so many tools to help deal with the world and your inside world. Remember that your friends, although some of them may be really close right now, will be gone once high school gets out and everyone goes their separate ways. Your family will always be there for you, and perhaps if your mom is fighting with your DR. he will ask to see her separately. He will tell her she is not being helpful and straighten her out. Please keep writing, that is what I have been doing for the past two days. You are on the right track, it's hard, not easy. I stayed in bed last week the entire week, I got up today, Father's Day. Then I wrote down a Standard Operator's Procedural Manual for my family. Every business has one, so I decided since I don't want to get fired from my family, I was going to follow these rules and guidelines. In my case, my depression is centered around (besides childhood trauma) lack of discipline. Because I have given up. So I decided to get some control back into my life and act as if my home is a business. I hope it works! I hope you and your mom get on the right track, that is essential. Have a wonderful day!