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    I'm 18 and want to go to my GP to try and get on medication for my depression (I haven't been formally diagnosed) but I'm not sure if they'll be reluctant to give them me given my age?
    How willing was your doctors to put you on ADs?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm 18 and want to go to my GP to try and get on medication for my depression (I haven't been formally diagnosed) but I'm not sure if they'll be reluctant to give them me given my age?
    How willing was your doctors to put you on ADs?
    I'm also 18, and I am currently on a low dose of Citalopram, which I'm planning to increase slightly (at the advice of my doctor). I had to go to two doctors in order to get a prescription of antidepressants. The first one I went to was only willing to refer me to a counsellor, and dismissed medication completely, however the second doctor I spoke to was willing to let me try them, although I had to agree to have counselling as well, because 18 is still considered 'young'. I've been on them for a couple of months now (haven't started the counselling yet), and I believe that they have helped.

    My advice would be to not give up hope if the first doctor you ask isn't willing to prescribe them. Keep asking different doctors until you find one who takes you seriously and is willing to let you try them, even for just a month, to see how you get on. Also be prepared to explain to your doctor honestly how you feel, as they will want evidence that you might be depressed before they will agree to giving you medication.

    Best of luck
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm 18 and want to go to my GP to try and get on medication for my depression (I haven't been formally diagnosed) but I'm not sure if they'll be reluctant to give them me given my age?
    How willing was your doctors to put you on ADs?
    dont do it. ive been prescribed antidepressants. its madness.
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    go to your doctor and try and trust them, they may give you anti depressants or they may suggest something else... anti depressants help some people, have no effect on others and downright harm a few... so don't assume you know better than your GP if they suggest trying something else first
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    Hi, I'm 18 and I was prescribed antidepressants by my GP. We agreed that (for private reasons) CBT is not an option for me and that antidepressants would be more appropriate. Trust your GP and try what they recommend
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    I've had counselling twice before, 1st time I cancelled after a few sessions cause I was so uncomfortable with it. I tried it again after a few months and still wasn't right for me.
    I just don't think talking therapies work for me, do you think if I explained this to doctor her would understand?
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    Have you already spoken to your GP about how you're feeling? If not, go in and tell them all your symptoms (write a list to remember if that helps) and they'll ask you some questions and suggest something that might help (whether that be meds, therapy...) If you have spoken to them before, go back and say your symptoms haven't improved and that you need some help.

    With mental health problems you tend to have to be quite subtle about asking for medication if it's not a change or going back on old meds. Because there's not conclusive tests for most (if not all) mental illnesses doctors have to trust what you tell them. If they think you're trying to get meds then they *may* think you're faking.

    I don't know for certain but I presume you wouldn't be given any anti-depressant without a formal diagnosis.
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    I started with ADs just after my 19th birthday. Never had a formal diagnosis until years later. GPs are not keen on putting a label on people, you don't need one. Symptoms can be treated, not just formal conditions!
 
 
 
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