Talking to the doctor about my depression

Hi, after 5 years of feeling worthless and miserable I've decided to call the doctor and get these horrible feelings under control. I don't know how to tell the doctor though. I have been meaning to tell her for months but I freeze and come up with some bullshit reason why I'm there.

Also, if I get prescribed antidepressants should I tell my boyfriend? I live with him and we've been dating 9 months


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8 Replies

  • Hi Chilkins

    Good for you go to gp and hard as it is, say it how you feel, nothing to be ashamed of, depression is an illness, also don't keep anything from your boyfriend, tell him you are on antidepressants if you are put on them, its no different to any other illness you get treated for other problems, why not depression? Good Luck. Annette

  • Hello Chilkins

    When you go to see your GP have a list made out so you can not be distracted from your reason to see Her.

    It is sad that you have been ill with this awful condition as most times they can treat the condition and possibly after that you will be ok. Sometimes many may need medications just every so often so you do not have any worries. there and that gives a positive reason to explain your problem.

    With regard your partner, I suppose you know what the situation is at home and how He may react. Personally it may be a good idea to tell although I do not know what has caused your illness.

    You also need to understand that the GP may not give drugs on that one visit. Sometimes if medications are given it may only be for a few months to see if you recover. It all depends on the situation you find yourself in. Remember your GP will not look onto this as bullxxxt as the condition is very real to those who suffer from it.

    So just go and see the GP you will be unable too shock or disturb Her as She would have had many cases a lot worse than yours.

    All the best we are always here for a chat and support. Remember you are not alone with this condition and it is treatable

    Good Luck, and welcome


  • I would suggest writing things down before you go and then even if it gets too hard to say the words you can just show the GP and they can understand what you mean. I hope it all goes well.

  • You have always got to be open, just tell the GP what your thinking exactly. You don't need antidepressants..

  • I know he won't have a problem with it, I just don't want him thinking he's responsible or feel like he can't make me happy, in regards to your other reply it would be great if I don't need meds but I've felt this way for years later, even with councilling

  • The it a very ignorant and hurtful thing for you to say. Obviously you don't have any experience with depression. One of the worst things you can say to someone is "Stop feeling sorry for yourself" and "just cheer up", if that is all it took for depression to go away then it wouldn't be a problem now, would it? People write on here because they want help and advice, they are not looking for attention. so please, if you do not have anything constructive to say then don't say anything at all.

  • I am new here, I have depression with anxiety have had it for years but really bad and gave up work,now it takes me all my strength to get up each day.the anxiety has left me feeling fatigued and really miserable.crying a lot not sleeping and feeling really distraught. I have had counselling and cBt I have tried many antidepressants my most recent sertraline and olanzapine.

  • Hello, after 9 months the bf will know you have depression, telling him about meds, ... If the g.p. prescribes them won't shock him too much, the one thing I would suggest you rememind him of is that the antidepressant will take a couple of months to work, to avoid him being impatient that you aren't all bouncy after only a few days.

    I'd just want to add congratulations for seeking help, I left it years and years, and like a lot of us, ended up being stuck with longterm habits of thinking that now take a lot to shift them.

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