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    I think my whole family's a bunch of depressives so they don't really see that I might have a problem. Well my whole family apart from my brother. He seems fine but I don't think he sees that I might have a real problem either, and even if he did, he wouldn't care (I know it's not his duty to, so I don't really blame him for that). I've never really brought up how crap I feel to him, but he'll say things like "it wouldn't matter if you died. you should read carl sagan's stuff" with a grin on his face (he's a moron).

    I say he's fine because in spite of all the crap he spews about things being pointless, he still seems very concerned with what people think of him, with his fashion, with getting a girlfriend and a good career, so I don't think he really believes or feels that his life is pointless.

    Today was a pretty normal day for me. I planned my day last night so it would be very productive, and set my alarm for 8 am. I woke up and got out of bed to turn it off. Then I went back to bed and slept until 5pm (a few minutes ago).

    I'm managing to keep up with uni but that's it and I'm not sure if even that will last much longer the way I am. I'm pretty miserable most of the time (ranging from mildly unhappy to extreme anger) and I reckon the only thing which has stopped me from becoming an alcoholic already is my awkwardness about buying alcohol in shops.

    I've tried a lot of stuff. Socialising more, regular exercise, eating better, all these natural remedies online...

    Could anything good come of a trip to my GP?
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    First thing GP will likely do is put you on 2 weeks of what the call "watchful waiting", this is to see if your mood improved on its own (sometimes it does for some people). After that if your mood is still low then they'd likely start talking about what could help. In the first instance depending on the severity of your depression they' most likely look into counselling of some sort. This is what is recommended for mild cases, they might also start you an an anti depressant (probably fluoxetine or citalopram).

    Depending on how you respond to this they could then refer you to a psychiatrist or the Community Mental health team those these tend to be options for those with more severe depression
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    Whilst not in any way wanting to suggest you don't seek appropriate medical help I would be very careful indeed what notes you get on your nhs records.
    Think ... future life insurance, social workers instituting care proceedings when you have children etc etc.
    I believe it is possible to register as a "temporary patient" and give any old name and address.
    You could also find a private GP - difficult but not impossible but you would then have to pay for presciptions.
    I would be very worried about adverse info on my records though.
    Good luck
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    You shouldn't have anything put on your records that can jeopardize your future in any way. I don't have a black mark on my records or anything like that. I imagine if you registered as a temporary patient that you might not be able to get referrals. If you've tried things to try and beat depression and they're not working then I'd say go to your GP. You'll probably be given a questionnaire to fill out and be asked about how you feel, what's going on in your life etc. Sometimes it can be worthwhile in terms of getting better. It's better than not going anyway.
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    (Original post by hannah_dru)
    You shouldn't have anything put on your records that can jeopardize your future in any way
    If you get so depressed you throw yourself in front of a train there won't be a future anyway.
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      (Original post by hannah_dru)
      You shouldn't have anything put on your records that can jeopardize your future in any way. I don't have a black mark on my records or anything like that. I imagine if you registered as a temporary patient that you might not be able to get referrals. If you've tried things to try and beat depression and they're not working then I'd say go to your GP. You'll probably be given a questionnaire to fill out and be asked about how you feel, what's going on in your life etc. Sometimes it can be worthwhile in terms of getting better. It's better than not going anyway.
      There is such awful advice being given on this thread about medical records. (not by hannah - the anon guy before)

      Firstly you cannot register at a GP with a false name, and it would be pointless to try do so.THey're nenver going to give you any meds or a referral or anything in those situations.
      And temp notes will find their way to permanent ones sooner or later.

      Cover ups tend to traise far more concerns than a bit of depression.

      And do remember that as far as insurance goes they will void any insurance if it is ever found you have medical history you aren't telling.
      Trust me those guys can dig deep when they want to.


      You either want proper help from the GP or you don't.
      If you don't then save the both of you some trouble and don't go.
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      (Original post by White Trash)
      If you get so depressed you throw yourself in front of a train there won't be a future anyway.
      What's with the smilie? That's not exactly a nice thing to do and the point I was trying to make was to do something about it before that happens.

      (Original post by Jamie)
      There is such awful advice being given on this thread about medical records. (not by hannah - the anon guy before)

      Firstly you cannot register at a GP with a false name, and it would be pointless to try do so.THey're nenver going to give you any meds or a referral or anything in those situations.
      And temp notes will find their way to permanent ones sooner or later.

      Cover ups tend to traise far more concerns than a bit of depression.

      And do remember that as far as insurance goes they will void any insurance if it is ever found you have medical history you aren't telling.
      Trust me those guys can dig deep when they want to.


      You either want proper help from the GP or you don't.
      If you don't then save the both of you some trouble and don't go.
      This is why H&R annoys me sometimes, particularly when there are threads about depression. I get that some people are trying to help but some things people say are a bit far-fetched.
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      (Original post by hannah_dru)
      What's with the smilie? That's not exactly a nice thing to do and the point I was trying to make was to do something about it before that happens.
      Perhaps it wasn't entirely appropriate. It just made me laugh that untreated depression that drives a person to kill themselves is apparently the preferable option to having it mentioned on their medical records and then recovering with the help they get. Should have quoted the other guy not you, sorry.
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      Hi, I went to my GP and broke down, she said it was fine to vent it in her office. I even said I was worried she would think I am crazy and she reassured me that I am not. I really don't give a sXXt about it going on my medical record as it was the nhs that FXXXed me up in the first place (botched surgery). I have a thirteen year old daughter and she is not affected by how I feel as I don't let her see.
      I am training to work for the nhs and all of this medical note worry used to bother me but honestly you would be surprised how many people suffer from depression at some point in their lives. Believe it or not, it is normal. Hope you go to see your GP - worrying that they will take your kids away or detain you under the MHA is a worry that is not going to come true. You will feel better if you speak to a professional.
      Guess I'm on a two week watch and wait!!!!!:confused:
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      (Original post by White Trash)
      Perhaps it wasn't entirely appropriate. It just made me laugh that untreated depression that drives a person to kill themselves is apparently the preferable option to having it mentioned on their medical records and then recovering with the help they get. Should have quoted the other guy not you, sorry.
      Yeah that was the impression I got. A bit far fetched really!
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      I think my whole family's a bunch of depressives so they don't really see that I might have a problem. Well my whole family apart from my brother. He seems fine but I don't think he sees that I might have a real problem either, and even if he did, he wouldn't care (I know it's not his duty to, so I don't really blame him for that). I've never really brought up how crap I feel to him, but he'll say things like "it wouldn't matter if you died. you should read carl sagan's stuff" with a grin on his face (he's a moron).

      I say he's fine because in spite of all the crap he spews about things being pointless, he still seems very concerned with what people think of him, with his fashion, with getting a girlfriend and a good career, so I don't think he really believes or feels that his life is pointless.

      Today was a pretty normal day for me. I planned my day last night so it would be very productive, and set my alarm for 8 am. I woke up and got out of bed to turn it off. Then I went back to bed and slept until 5pm (a few minutes ago).

      I'm managing to keep up with uni but that's it and I'm not sure if even that will last much longer the way I am. I'm pretty miserable most of the time (ranging from mildly unhappy to extreme anger) and I reckon the only thing which has stopped me from becoming an alcoholic already is my awkwardness about buying alcohol in shops.

      I've tried a lot of stuff. Socialising more, regular exercise, eating better, all these natural remedies online...

      Could anything good come of a trip to my GP?
      Anti-depressants, I would not be able to live a relatively normal life without them. A high dose makes all the difference. Have a look at the wikipedia page on AD's.
     
     
     
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