How do i tell my GP I think i might have depression?

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I'm not a very emotional person - talking about my feelings isn't exactly my 'thing'. I'm one of those people who would rather keep it in and cry on my own as opossed to actually talking it out.

For a while, I've felt like I've had depression - I cry a lot for no reason, i'll feel numb and just sad for a few days at end at least every week. Alongside to taking at least fifteen depression tests online and recognising that I have quite a few of the symptoms. I've found myself geting a lot of headaches lately for no absolute reason and I skipped a few days of sixform because I didn't want to face the world.

Most of the time I want to just stay in my room forever.

However, I'd rather go to the GP on my own - without telling anyone.

But, I don't know HOW to explain what i'm feeling. Like I stated above, I'm not a person who discusses how I'm feeling. All of these thoughts come in my head: What if they don't believe me? What if they call my parents? What if they say it isn't depression and they don't know what it is?

How do i tell my GP I think i might have depression?

 

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    Hi there, i suffer with a form of depression, really i was only recently diagnosed but have had suffered for a few years, i just thought it was me a part of my character so when somebody would say 'are you depressed' i know it sounds ridiculous but i just didn't know what they were asking, i think what i'm trying to say here is depression comes in many forms, you can do your own research online but it is best to to talk to your gp, you're in sixth form? Then you're old enough to see the dr by yourself, but i say this if i had a choice i would have wanted somebody to know how i was feeling, you're not any less of a person for suffering, you should try to talk to your parents. Even if it isn't depression its best to start somewhere, so talking about it with your gp is a great start. Give your parents a try, believe me i know its hard i'm not a great emotional person either. Just know this help is out there, chin up, stop over fretting (take a break from overcrowding your brain with online tests) and write out a plan of what you want/should do. Nick .
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    Hello, I found myself in a very similar situation to you, I do not like talking to people about my emotions and how I am feeling and I am quite a shy person so going to see my gp was a massive deal to me - I posted on here and several people said to write everything down and just hand it over to the doctor. So I did I went on thursday on my own and gave him what I had wrote. I hope this helps and that you start to feel better soon x x
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      I did what you've suggested and wrote everything down. Right now i'm unsure if i even have depression but i feel like i need to confirm it with the GP. Can I ask what kind of questions the doctor asked when you told him? Thank you very much x
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      Well done you thats a great start, I felt exactly the same am I really depressed? I nearly talked myself out of it but thought it would only get worse. My doctor didnt really say much which was quite suprising but he could tell that I found it really difficult to talk about how I was feeling. He said it was really helpful that I wrote everything down, he asked me what my symptoms were, if I thought anything had triggered it off, if I have had any suicidal thoughts, he also asked me if I wanted to see if medication would help. I will also tell you that even know I preferred to go to see my gp on my own, I am finding it difficult at the moment as I feel I need to tell people so that they can try to understand what im going through and I have someone to talk too but I know that this will take a lot of guts for me, so maybe you might want to think of someone you can trust to go with you to see your gp for that extra support. But it is completely up to you

      Best wishes x x

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      It turned out to be two pages long, I feel like tha's bad. The thing is I've never liked my GP - she's quite rude and I feel like she'll brush off how i'm feeling.

      A while ago, well it still happens, but my hands and legs shake a lot - especially in public. She brushed me off and said it was just stress.

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      Mine was two pages long too!! Sorry to hear you have had problems with your doctor, it must be quite distressing for you. If you book an appointment could you not request to see another doctor, maybe one that specialises in this area?
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      Really? Alongside that, apparently they were full booked. They said that I could go to another GP but at the time I was reluctant to agree. I might agree now though because at least i'll get somebody else?
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    Best not to say to the doctor you think you have depression.  What you need to do is tell them how you feel and let them do the diagnosis. 

    You may not have depression.  It could be something else.  Just say exactly ho0w you are feeling n ow.  I know it is not easy, and you may be like I was, and end in a heap of tears.  If you do, that is all right, because it will make the diagnosis easier for the doctor.  He can see how you are feeling.  If you want his help then unfortunately you will hgave to open up, however difficult it is.  I took someone with me, but you say you would rather go on your own.  Wait until you are up to it.

    Hope you can write to us and let us know whether you managed to get to the doctor.  It is very difficult dealing with emotional thinbgs on your own, and I think support would help, but that is up to you.

    Take care

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    hello

    i am exactly the same some times i will never leave my room i hide from the world i feel awful when i am outside all i want to do is run home and all i will do is cry on my own. by the sound of it you do have depression like me but all you have to do is go to a doctor you have seen before one you like just tell them how you have been even if you cant say it give them a letter explaing how you feel. even though im not even close to being myself agin YET i know that it took me that small step to getting me back to me one and hopefully you back to your self again  

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      Thank you for the advice. I've booked an appointment for the coming monday so i'm preparing myself for that. Alongside that, I've actually written how i feel down so thank you, again.
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