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Doctors and depression

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hi there. Going to the doctors about depressed feelings is probably the best thing you can do in your situation. Be honest with him/her + tell them exactly what you're feeling like. When I first went I really played everything down, like it was no big deal. I was afraid they'd think I was crazy, and I was pretty embarassed at that time. Tell the truth, and see what they say. That's my advice. Then take it from there. If they recommend medication, which many of them have a habit of doing (I was put on antidepressents after a 3 minute meeting) it will probably be an SRRI (the most modern and popular group of antidepressents...you will have heard some of their brand names, prozac, seroxat etc.)

    I would advise that you read a lot about what you are perscribed so you know what they're giving you and exactly what to expect. I'm not saying they're evil or anything, or trying to put you off, but some of them do have the possibility quite severe side effects. It's always best to know what you're putting into your system so then you can be prepared for the worst....just like the way you think about illigal drugs, I guess.

    I speak from experiece. I was perscirbed prozac and it sent me manic and I nearly ended up in hospital. That's because I took it without questioning what it was or what it might do for me.

    An informed descision is best, that's what I'm trying to say in my long and rambly fashion.

    I hope your appointment goes well, I know how intimidating and (for me at least) embarrasing it can be to admit how you are feeling to a stranger. It will be worth it! <IMG alt="image" alt="image" SRC="smile.gif" border="0">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    A couple of useful articles on our site, but the best start is to go see your GP who will then direct you to further help in your area.

    Here are the links: http://www.thesite.org/info/health/depression/depression.html http://www.thesite.org/info/health/depression/the_signs_of_depression.html http://www.thesite.org/info/health/depression/breaking_free_from_depression.html

    Hope this helps
    Susie <IMG alt="image" alt="image" SRC="smile.gif" border="0">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks for the advice, the articles are really helpful. I'll post back after I've been to the doctors and say how it went. :-)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hi mate.

    You might also find this link helpful, I know it sure helped me a hell of a lot in my personal experience: http://www.thesite.org/cgi-noperl/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=7&t=000165

    Let us know how it went, and take care of yourself xxx
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks Charley :-)The post is exactly the same as mine, if I had found it I wouldn't have posted mine up. Oh well, I am probably going to go when I go back to uni or maybe even before.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I had the same problem as you so don't think you're alone. I had a really rough few years and was always miserable and hated myself - I decided that there was only two ways to sort myself out. One I didn't want to think about but I bet you can guess, and the other was to swallow my pride and go and see a doctor.

    She was actually really nice and supportive, and perscribed something called Cypramil straight away. Apparently loads of people are on anti-depressants, and it's not something to be ashamed about.

    I've been taking the tablets for a couple of years now, and although I have the odd down patch, most of the time I feel much better

    DO IT!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hi all

    I just wanted to say that thanks to lots of you talking about depression, i finally mustered up the courage to go to the doctors today to talk to them about my depression etc. He was really understanding and supportive and has put me on the well known SSRI fluoxetine. Ive gotta go see him again in a couple of weeks but im feeling more positive now, and that started with every1 on here.

    K x <IMG alt="image" alt="image" SRC="smile.gif" border="0">
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