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    if anyone has suffered from depression before, what did you tell the doctor?
    did they give you medication straight away? how were you diagnosed?
    which requirements do you have to meet?

    thanks x
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    Diagnostic criteria for Depression can be found here:

    http://www.gpnotebook.co.uk/simplepa...23152205182440

    Management depends on severity of symptoms, ranging from self help books and CBT to medications and in the most severe cases, Electroconvulsive Therapy (which is actually amazingly effective)

    If you think you may be depressed I'd recommend visiting your GP, but other options could be to buy yourself a book such as Overcoming Depression, or IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) which allows you to refer yourself for CBT

    http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Psy...onSearch/10008
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    (Original post by booyahkasha)
    if anyone has suffered from depression before, what did you tell the doctor?
    did they give you medication straight away? how were you diagnosed?
    which requirements do you have to meet?

    thanks x
    Hi,

    I went a couple of months ago. I literally told him I'd been feeling depressed, he asked me a few questions, then said would I prefer counselling or medication and I said counselling didn't work for me so he put me on anti-depressants... it was as simple as that. I guess my diagnosis would be depression. Not all doctors do this but it is common [some think too much so].

    Are you asking because you're depressed and thinking of going to your GP? In which case, the best advice I can give is think about exactly what you want to say to them: How you are feeling, how long this has been for, any other symptoms like lack of sleep etc. Also, know what you might want out of it - do you want medication or counselling? It's ok to ask them about either.
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    Hi,

    I went a couple of months ago. I literally told him I'd been feeling depressed, he asked me a few questions, then said would I prefer counselling or medication and I said counselling didn't work for me so he put me on anti-depressants... it was as simple as that. I guess my diagnosis would be depression. Not all doctors do this but it is common [some think too much so].

    Are you asking because you're depressed and thinking of going to your GP? In which case, the best advice I can give is think about exactly what you want to say to them: How you are feeling, how long this has been for, any other symptoms like lack of sleep etc. Also, know what you might want out of it - do you want medication or counselling? It's ok to ask them about either.
    ahh okay, thanks for the help!
    well yeah, i think i'm depressed, but i don't want to go see a GP because i'm scared that if i am diagnosed with depression it will be on my records. wouldn't it affect me when i'm looking for a job?
    also, which anti-depressants were given to you, if you don't mind me asking? do you feel as if they've helped you a lot?

    thank you x
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    I went a few years ago, and my doctor referred me to a specialist in the mental health department at my local hospital, who I had to meet with one every few weeks or so.

    My GP asked the same questions as another user mentioned above, but the specialist then tried to dig deeper into the root of it and suggested seeing a therapist or going on medication. I chose medication because I was pretty shy back then and didn't want to speak to anyone about my problems in depth, but in hindsight, that was a mistake. The medication didn't particularly agree with me, I mean, it helped, but it made me emotionless, I didn't care about anything and it didn't really help the root of the problem.

    I personally would always recommend speaking to someone once a week or however often you have to, it would have helped me 100x more than the drugs did.

    With regards to getting a job after, I'm not sure if it would but I don't ever mention it anymore- although I have been off them for about a year or two.
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    If you are feeling very down then do try to talk to someone, although it can seem like the hardest thing to do. GPs are generally very helpful, and will discuss options with you. Ideally you should be listened to, and offered counselling and medication if appropriate.

    Antidepressants work very well for a lot of people, but be aware that there are several different types and they do not start to work instantly.

    There are lots of self help websites available too, there is some very good advice on here- http://www.mind.org.uk/information-s.../#.VjYhh2s-7NU
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    (Original post by booyahkasha)
    ahh okay, thanks for the help!
    well yeah, i think i'm depressed, but i don't want to go see a GP because i'm scared that if i am diagnosed with depression it will be on my records. wouldn't it affect me when i'm looking for a job?
    also, which anti-depressants were given to you, if you don't mind me asking? do you feel as if they've helped you a lot?

    thank you x
    It depends on the job. If you want to join the police, the army etc. then they may need to know about your medical history, but depression is so widespread, especially in these roles anyway, that if it is a case of mild depression and low-dose anti depressants it may not have to rule you out as a candidate. It is up to your GP to tell the employer that they think you are mentally sound.

    Other jobs will not ask so you won't have to worry.

    I'm on Sertraline, 50mg, and they have helped immensely. That isn't the same for everyone though - I know people who haven't liked being on them, or feel they have worked but got horrible side effects. It depends on the person. Your GP will talk through all of that with you, if you go down that road.
 
 
 
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