teen depression

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   Posted 8/12/2009 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
i have a doctors appt tommrow, and i think im going to bring up that i think i have anxiety and depression. any ideas on how to bring it up and what medicine should i take and not take. and what about counciling

16 female.

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   Posted 8/12/2009 3:31 AM (GMT -6)   
hi wf. i think what your doing is an excellent move. unfortunately i am not a doc, thus i do not know your medical history, albeit you know your body and mind best, and your doc will know your history, thus he/she can prescribe the best treatments that siut your condition/diagnosis. i would suggest that you write down what has been happening, areas of concern, etc. counselling is a great move, and in combination with treatment is very effective. hey, be honest with your doc, thus your doc can give you the right treatments. you have done well in identifying that you have some concerns, this insight is always effective when you may slip a liitle, thus you know earlier when to seek assistance.
thank you for your courage in sharing/posting. i am sure that some of the teen members/posters of this age group will be inspired to share their experiences also. i was a depressed teen, now a depressed adult. keep strong and if ok let us know how you go. we care. with loving compassion.
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   Posted 8/12/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Worry,

I already answered this same post in A & P.  I wish you the best at your physician's appointment.

Take care,

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   Posted 8/12/2009 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
This is how I did it.. I went in, by myself, without my mom or whatever and it was an appt for something else and before the doctor went out I just said, "there is also something else I wanted to ask about." (yes) "Well, I have been feeling alot of anxiety and depression and its affecting my everyday life and I just want to know if there is anything you can do." And he asked some questions like "how is it affecting you"..I replied something like "I cant get out of bed, I never want to do anything, I dont like being around people, I have stopped being social, etc."....
Dont be scared to tell your doctor what is on your mind. thats what they are there for. Just tell them whats on your mind and they will ask you questions to learn more about what you are dealing with and how they can best help you. My doctor referred me to a therapist to talk to...and when I went to her, she set up an appointment with a psychiatrist for a mental evaluation to find out exactly what I had. now, I see both of them. the pdoc talks to be abt 30 minutes a session and we are working on getting my medication fixed so its helping me. In the mean time, I see my therapist for an hour just to talk about whatever...
Its actually alot easier than you think. Just tell your doctor how you feel and ask if there is anything they can do for you. If it is a regular doc or pediatrician they will most likely give you a referral and get you an appointment because mental health is not there specialty and they will want you to see someone who can really find out whats wrong and what you need to do. (at least thats what they did in my case)
best of luck, and if you need to talk, I am here for you. I told my doc I think when I was 15 or so.. I also talked to my school counselor for over a year before I talked to the doc and got a therapist. I just turned 18 so... I can empathize with you. good luck, and let us know what happens
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   Posted 8/12/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi WF,
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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