My depression started just over a year ago and had been getting steadily worse so at christmas last year my mum (who also suffers with depression) told me to see my gp about it. Before I went I tried some self tests on the nhs direct website and other medical advice sites. All said I had moderate to severe depression, with the only question with a low score being my risk of suicide. I got diagnosed with depression by my gp and was told that as I was 17 there wasn't much they could do! They said that putting me on antidepressants would be more dangerous as I'm under twenty and the side effects could be worse, and my risk of suicide/suicidal thoughts would be higher. She also told me that I wasn't entitled to talk to the mental health worker/therapist (not sure of the correct term) until I was eighteen! I was advised to improve my diet and do more exercise to help with the depression.
I had a follow up appointment two weeks later and I felt she didn't ask me enough about how I was doing. I find it really hard to tell her how I actually feel, and about what I'm finding difficult and I think she gets the impression that I'm okay! I had another appointment a month later and the same happened! I've tried changing my diet, doing more exercise but when something else goes wrong or I don't notice any results I find it hard to carry on! I also find school really stressful and I'm getting really bad at working because I have little energy or confidence in myself!
Basically, I don't know what to do and there seems to be no one to tell me! Any help would be greatly appreciated!