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    After several weeks of counselling I've been to a GP's appointment and we've discussed options about a possible diagnosis of depression. However, this diagnosis will take several weeks to happen and almost certainly wont happen before exams and probably wont happen before results day.

    If I am suffering with depression, I won't receive any assistance in exams without a diagnosis. With my ADD, I already receive extra time but I don't know what's available for people suffering with depression. I've also already sent off my student finance without any mention of depression. My parents don't know about my counselling or anything and for now I'd prefer to keep it that way.

    One suggestion I've heard is to email the universities and ask for any assistance or advice they can provide to help with my financial situation or grades or whatever. I'm not sure about this because it sounds like I'm desperate for the grades, with no diagnosis I have no proof except if my doctor says something, which I don't think he can do without a diagnosis.

    I just don't know what to do, because if I do have depression but don't receive any help it could mean I don't go to uni, but if I don't have depression and ask for assistance then I don't know what will happen.

    Can anyone help?
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    (Original post by BarBar124)
    After several weeks of counselling I've been to a GP's appointment and we've discussed options about a possible diagnosis of depression. However, this diagnosis will take several weeks to happen and almost certainly wont happen before exams and probably wont happen before results day.

    If I am suffering with depression, I won't receive any assistance in exams without a diagnosis. With my ADD, I already receive extra time but I don't know what's available for people suffering with depression. I've also already sent off my student finance without any mention of depression. My parents don't know about my counselling or anything and for now I'd prefer to keep it that way.

    One suggestion I've heard is to email the universities and ask for any assistance or advice they can provide to help with my financial situation or grades or whatever. I'm not sure about this because it sounds like I'm desperate for the grades, with no diagnosis I have no proof except if my doctor says something, which I don't think he can do without a diagnosis.

    I just don't know what to do, because if I do have depression but don't receive any help it could mean I don't go to uni, but if I don't have depression and ask for assistance then I don't know what will happen.

    Can anyone help?
    Why would it take weeks to diagnose depression :confused:

    Also it wont affect your student fonance IIRC but when your at uni you could apply for DSA with your ADD and a potential depression diagnosis which could give you extra support (no neccesarily financially) more acadrmic support

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    Without meaning to be rude it sounds like your GP is titting about. It shouldn't take weeks for a diagnosis. It may take weeks to get you referred to a specialist/psychiatrist but a diagnosis takes as long as he takes to type it into your medical record.

    If you are struggling get back to the GP tell him you need support from college and you need a letter confirming your diagnosis for college and uni.

    Can I ask why you don't want to tell your parents and who you are seeing for your counselling?

    Never be afraid of the "what if I don't have depression and I've asked for support" scenario. Depression is shades of grey not black and white. If you need help ask for it.
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    It shouldn't take weeks to be diagnosed with depression. After a huge tragic family loss I began suffering with a term giving by my GP as 'traumatic depression' this took one visit to my GP for her to tell me - so in the first instance do not give up, and continue to make appointments/request to see another GP if they are taking their time.

    I was about to start my final year of university when I started experiences symptoms of depression (daunting as i felt like it was the most important year of my life to date)

    The GP explained to me the difficulty of arranging counselling due to long winded waiting lists and it could be up to 6 months before I saw anyone therefore she recommended that I visited/contact the student guidance and support team at my University where they offer counselling to any student under the university. Within a matter of weeks I was enrolled onto a 6 week long block of sessions.

    My advice to you would be to see what is available in terms of support/counselling within your educational institution. They should be able to guide you when it comes to applying or even starting University. In relation to your studies, I too experienced the issue of needing a formal diagnosis before any exams/assessments were changed. My programme leader at university informed me that I would not be able to defer any assessments or my final year as a whole unless I had gone through the University's student support and counselling team to have counselling. So from my personal experience contacting your college/school directly should/will help you.

    As mentioned in the replies above: do not be afraid to ask for help/support - that it what parents are there to do, obviously nobody can make an assumption on your relationship with your parents, but they may be able to help you in some way or another.

    There are options available to you, maybe speak to a tutor at your college and explain the situation that you are having counselling at the moment and are waiting on a diagnosis: the fact that you are having counselling may be enough for them to see it is necessary for you.

    Good luck and don't give up! X
 
 
 
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