I'm sure many of you will have been through something like this already. I've been suffering from what I think is seasonal depression for three years since I started university, and this summer just past I had a couple of months where I was much more depressed than I had ever been in the winters. The first time I tried to tell the doctor (in my first year) how tired I was he shrugged it off as everyone getting tired in the winter months. Since then I've avoided seeking treatment because I've never felt like I have enough symptoms to 'prove' that I am ill. This partly stems from experiencing anxiety on and off too. From the summer, I know that I should be diagnosed but I am nervous about going to the doctor in case they tell me that they can't help because I'm not experiencing the really awful stuff right now. Will this happen or am I being unreasonable? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, or experiences shared, good or bad. I would rather know in advance what they are likely to say to me. Just now I am struggling to get out of bed and it's difficult not to cancel everything I have on in a day so that I can stay at home, and I am tired all day. In the summer I had this but was crying most days, shutting myself off, and not feeling suicidal but once or twice feeling that it would be easier to not be in this world.
Sorry for the waffling, I'm just looking for any advice I can get on seeking treatment. I've got a gut feeling that it's a bad idea to wait until it gets really bad again.