Just wanted to wish you the best tomorrow. You're already gotten a lot of great advice. Everyone's different with meds, so best to refer that question to the doctor. If you are prescribed anti-depressants, you may need to try more than one, and they usually take a bit to start working, so you might want to ask your doctor about how long they will take to start working, what the side effects might be & how long s/he wants you to try the medication before they would be willing to consider switching you to a new one.
Of course, some people don't take anti-depressant medications at all, but rather treat their depression only with counseling & adjunct therapies (massage, acupuncture, behavioral changes, nutrition, etc.). It really just depends on your body, the cause of your depression, what your doctor recommends & what you are comfortable with. Some doctors are more comfortable than others prescribing psychiatric medications to teenagers. It sounds like your doc is not a psychiatrist, so s/he may want to refer you to a specialist. They might also test to see if there is something in your blood causing you to feel depressed -- certain viruses, hormonal imbalances, vitamin deficiencies and so forth can mimic or cause depression so it's important to rule out those issues first before starting on anti-depressants. Sometimes the doctor will draw blood to run tests, other times they may be able to rule things out just by what you tell them -- so be sure to share all of the information about your depression symptoms with your doc -- when did it start? what do you feel/experience/do? are there particular times of the day or places where you feel more depressed than others? do you have any idea as to why you are feeling this way (did something happen, were there any major changes in your life, etc)? what have you tried so far to change those feelings? did it help? since your depression feelings started, have they stayed the same or gotten better/worse?
They may not ask all those questions & might add more, but that should give you a pretty good start. There are not any right or wrong answers, so just be honest. Different answers can give the doctor an idea about different causes for the depression, which in turn can help them better figure out what kinds of treatments might help you get better faster.
Your doctor might decide to put you on a medication tomorrow, or it could still be a few weeks until they are able to run some tests & decide what the first step will be. If you are thinking about hurting yourself or anyone else, it is really important that you tell that to your doctor so they can get you emergency help. If you are not thinking about doing anything hurtful at this time, just try to be patient & give the process a chance to find the right diagnosis & treatment, and then time for the treatment to start working.
Wishing you all the best! Keep us posted!
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