i'm bre and i'm 16. this is the coolest thing SWL has done so I'm taking advantage of some free mom advice. SO....how do I bring up my depression/feeling depressed with my doctor at my annual check up this month so that I get my point across? I've never ever ever spoken about this subject or that this is how I feel so I'm really scared. will my mom be mad I didn't tell her first, you think?
Bringing up depression to anyone can make us anxious and vulnerable because we are releasing information that is personal and private. And when you feel the burden of talking to two people, your mom and your doctor about it, it can overwhelm you.
Something you will learn as life goes on Doctors and Moms are people too. They have experienced some of the same things we have all experienced every day. And if your doctor hasn’t experienced it, he has most assuredly seen it. He has seen everything. Doctors are not there to judge you - they are there to help. Most of them have chosen their profession because they have a gift to help others and they truly do want to help.
So you can say and ask your Dr. anything without fear of judgement and with the confidence of getting the help you need.
This is a difficult time of year for many of us and if there is any depression lurking it is worse for those that battle that on a daily basis. But that makes it an excellent time to see your doctor because he is very much aware of depression during this time of year.
So go see your health professional, hold your head up and look at him and explain to him what is going on. Give him the facts in an honest, clear way. He will have questions, its OK. He wants to help you the best he can so just make sure you answer them honestly.
As far as your mom goes, moms tend to always know what’s going on. She may have sensed something already. Even if you aren’t close to her she probably senses something. She may be hurt, but I would think she would also be proud that you were able to be proactive and mature and wise enough to go to the doctor for help.