What to do about depression, need urgent advice? Watch
I'm not even sure if I am depressed, but I get these bouts of overwhelming lows where I'm pathetic, I have no appetite I feel absolutely hopeless and like I'm wasting my life and that I'm a complete failure to everyone. I wanted to drown myself last night and have had previous thoughts of jumping in too traffic and off cliffs. All of which I really don't want to do and am sure I won't but the thoughts are scary. I went to the doctors today and tried to get an appointment but they were fully booked, when I asked for an emergency the receptionist asked if I had one which I'm really not sure.
I don't know who to talk to I don't want people to think of me as depressed because I'm usually always chirpy. I'm also really struggling to do my uni work but I really don't want to bring this up with my uni.
Can I justify a doctors appointment (is it an actual emergency) and if so what happens and what should I tell them about? How do I approach the uni about this?
P.S. The depression is not helped by a severe skin condition that I also want to see the doctor about and I feel like if I got this sorted out it would help massively, however I've only had one doctor who actually gave a **** about it and he was a temporary.
Im sorry to hear that you are feeling like that.
My advice is try and get a appointment with a doctor asp, even if you cant get one until next week, still make one because it would benefit you.
When you see the doctor be honest to them about how you feel and especially tell them about you suicidal thoughts and your skin condition and they should help.
I hope you get help soon.
It might be that you do not need specialist help at this stage - you may be able to manage with a bit of support from your friends and some basic guidance on mood protection (for example, the "Five Ways to Well Being" approach - easily Googled)
However, at this stage, the first step is to seek advice and assessment from primary care. Give the surgery a call and don't apologise for wanting an early appointment!
In the appointment they will probably ask some basic assessment questions, such as "Rate your mood on a scale of 1-10"; "How many days in the week do you feel like this?"; "How long has this been going on?"; "Do you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others?"; "Have you ever acted on them?" Their first response might be some basic mood protection advice and then a follow-up appointment in a few weeks. Or they might offer an appointment with a practice based counsellor. Referral to specialist mental health services or prescribing anti-depressants are only one possible option.