Hi, i'm Matt, i'm 16 (turning 17 in January) this is my first time on this website.
I have been suffering in silence for around 3 years now but on the 22nd i was called in to my college assistant principals office.
they had heard that i was feeling 'gloomy' and apparently many of my acquaintances, friends and teachers had actually reported their concerns with my state of mental health. some had even reported my prior attempts at suicide.
i explained my situation and was asked about what help i sought.
a year ago i went to see my GP about depression but backed out before i reached the door, then about 2 weeks prior i went to my college councillors but again never fully committed to going in.
they set up a time and a reference letter, even informing my GP of what was going to happen college-side.
on the 23rd (yesterday at time of writing) i went, and after waiting i was appointed to my practitioner. I was diagnosed with likely-severe depression. i have been referred to a group of psychiatrists and she has said if i feel i need to, if things ever get worse, i should go and see her and she will prescribe me either paroxetine or fluoxetine (i cant remember which) as my symptoms are very clear she just wants me to think it through.
do antidepressants really help? im thinking of going back asap.