Okay, so I'm 19 years old, male and a student.
I regularly get severely depressed or anxious about the smallest of things, to the point where I cannot concentrate on anything, enjoy the things I used to and I feel increasingly alienated from my friends and family.
I've tried to talk to a doctor about this before but I failed to communicate just how bad it gets sometimes and he told me I was probably just nervous about exams and stuff and completely brushed me off.
What I'd like to know is, is it worth it me going back to the doctor with this problem and if I get him to take me seriously, what steps might he take with me? Might he prescribe mood stabilizers/anti-depressants? And if he did, would I be made to attend some sort of counselling in addition to that or what?
Well my cousin suffers from a form of depression and he has counselling once a week, it's not compulsory but he said it helps him as he's able to talk to someone openly. But the anti-depressant pills he takes, I don't know the name, turns him into a zombie...ever since he's started taking them he's a different person. He's slow to do anything and shakes a lot. I advice you, if you can, not to take them.
The doctor couldn't care less. He probably thinks it is all in your mind (and to an extent it is).
Pills won't help - they'll mong you out, but won't solve your problems.
Nobody else really cares, the only one that can sort out your issue is you. If you are the kind of person that can get to the root of your problems, then maybe you can figure out what the issue is, if not, you probably need to go to counselling as they will help you do that.
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