Antidepressants

Hi.

I have been feeling low for a very long period of time now. I suffered with severe depression and anxiety several years ago when I was a teenager, tried CBT and talking therapies and eventually I guess grew out of it. In Dec 2015 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and I find management of my condition exhausting and draining. I've felt feelings of depression since diagnosis but they are getting worse and preventing me from concentrating on work and my studies. I feel my best option is mild antidepressants and I know that therapy won't work. However, I don't want to talk about my feelings too much in order to get this medication. Could I just ask my GP to prescribe them or do I need to go through a longer process?

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  • Pop to the dr and tell them pretty much what you've said here. They'll have your medical history so the vast majority of that base should be covered. They'll know that you are aware of the condition and I'd hope they'd respect you for knowing what you need to help you right now. I did exactly the same and my drs upped my prescription and signed me off work. I too have tried cbt before and found it to be helpful, but right now it's not what I need. Keep an open mind with talking therapies in case it becomes something that'd help - that's my plan.

    Hope this helps, as I hesitated in replying in case I made things worse for you.

  • Thank you so much. This was excellent advice, especially coming from someone who understands. All the best x

  • Hello, i would try therapy again and ask your GP. You may get a better therapist so give it another chance. They do vary a lot. I'm not a doctor but I'm not sure there is such a thing as a mild AD and doctors have more trouble finding the right AD for younger women.

    Your depression sounds mild and may be purely due to the diabetes diagnosis so if you can go to a therapist with a positive attitude to it this may be enough.

    Keeping ADs as a reserve measure should leave you feeling more in control of the situation, which is always good, and while with your GP you can tell them you're finding management of your diabetes draining and they may be able to suggest something to help.

    Olderal

  • Hi sorry to hear you are feeling low. I have no useful advice sorry but I just wanted to say I understand how you feel. I suffer too from a chronic health condition and recently feel myself slipping into a bout of depression due to anxiety and panic attacks about my condition. I started anti depressants yesterday. Good luck to you hope you feel better soon

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