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Is there any point on going to the doctor about feeling depressed Watch

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    When all they're probably going to do is give me anti-depressants (do they even work)?
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    (Original post by hgjkm)
    When all they're probably going to do is give me anti-depressants (do they even work)?
    Anti depressants may help so I suggest it's worth a try
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    (Original post by fefssdf)
    Anti depressants may help so I suggest it's worth a try
    Is it possible they'll make things worst? or will they just be indifferent at worst?
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    (Original post by hgjkm)
    Is it possible they'll make things worst? or will they just be indifferent at worst?
    Depends on the individual but there are likely gonna be side effects like tiredness increased appetite memory issues ect
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    I know 2 people who have taken antidepressants and said it's helped them so it's worth a try


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    Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Only anti depressants correct that imbalance. No "pulling yourself together" or "snapping out of it" are going to help with something that might currently be physically wrong with your brain.
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    (Original post by hgjkm)
    Is it possible they'll make things worst? or will they just be indifferent at worst?
    If you're wondering if antidepressants will help, it's probably best to research online as you'll get more profound and in-depth answers, or concise ones if that's what you're after.

    Feeling depressed and being depressed are two different things, though, I'm not sure where to draw the line and I can't diagnose you.

    The first thing I suggest you do is try to see what you've done so far to help mitigate your circumstances. What is it, that is truly bothering you at the moment? What is it, that when you go outside, before you go to bed, and after you wake up, that makes you feel what you are feeling? I believe the struggle to identify your weaknesses and try to solve the problem yourself first is crucial.

    Too many people resort immediately to external sources of advice. Indeed, looking inside and trying to solve problems yourself first, to the common man, seems to have long since been forgotten.

    If things still seem to be bugging you after you've both tried to help yourself with your own brain, and then with online advice, the next step is surely to get in contact with someone who you can explain what's going on or simply receive comfort, namely, a doctor or a psychiatrist or a trusted person.

    Even if I knew your life I still wouldn't be able to identify the crux of the problem; the only one who knows what's stirring is you. Don't give up.
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    Yes, if you're feeling depressed, it's worthwhile seeing your GP. Anti-depressants are not automatically the solution.
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    The reason anti-depressants may make people more suicidal initially is because they increase motivation before a more positive change in mood occurs, so someone feeling suicidal has the energy to do something about it

    They are definitely worth a try, though
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    (Original post by bones-mccoy)
    The reason anti-depressants may make people more suicidal initially is because they increase motivation before a more positive change in mood occurs, so someone feeling suicidal has the energy to do something about it
    Possibly an over-simplification of a complex clinical reality, involving the suppression of serotonin reuptake. Yes, clinical studies have shown that new users benefit from the effects of the antidepressant once through the initial 9 days (on average) of readjustment.
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    They won't always give you anti depressants straight away. They could refer you to a counsellor first if you prefer that. Also, if you're a student, it's worth getting a written diagnosis so you can pass this onto your uni and they can give you extra support and refer you for DSA from Student Finance.
    Whether you're in school or uni, a written diagnosis means you'll definitely be able to get extra time in exams and sometimes extended coursework deadlines, which you might find really useful if your depression is making it hard to keep up with exams and coursework.
    Hope that helps
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    Anti-depressants may help, but I think it depends why you're depressed. Not doing enough exercise or eating a poor diet can have make you feel depressed. Circumstances in your life can make you feel depressed and it would be better trying to deal with those before assuming it's a chemical imbalance in the brain.
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    If this is the first time you present your GP with symptoms of depression, it is quite possible that they will not prescribe antidepressants. In fact, if you are under 18, NICE guidance recommends that you should NOT be prescribed antidepressants as a first line treatment for "mild" depression.

    Instead, the GP should consider evidence-based mood protective lifestyle changes - for example, those based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing . They might also suggest some kind of counselling - for example, school/college counselling, or with a counsellor based in the surgery.This might be CBT based.

    Only if you are assessed as having moderate to severe depression should medication be considered, and this should usually be with advice from specialist CAMHS.
 
 
 
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