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Okay, I've talked about this before, but I just want to see how others went about with this topic when confronting a doctor.


I won't be getting my new doctor until Mar. 3 after having a useless pediatrician for about 5 years that did nothing after I told her that I contemplated suicide. Bah, those days are over.

I just find it generally hard to tell any doctor the whole truth, about my seemingly lunar struggles with depression (although sometimes they occur for weeks much more frequently). I usually brush it off, and it's against my better knowledge.

Does anyone have any advice for talking to doctors about depression? I think I may be either polar or seasonal or both, based on descriptions I've read, will be really hard to tell doctors things I shy away from telling good friends.

Anyone out there who has been diagnosed, or has seen a doctor, any advice? Muchas gracias.

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I know for me the best way of addressing that was to really understand that a doctor can't serve you at all well, or help heal you, if you aren't as truthful as possible.

I think it's also helpful to shake off the stigma attached to depression and understand that doctors already have: they know full well it is a medical issue, a medical problem, and that they can offer solutions if you let them.

Might be worth thinking about what you have in your mind as the worst that could happen if you ARE truthful. Maybe you're worried you'll be labeled a nut, maybe you're worried the doctor will dismiss your concerns and symptoms, maybe you're worried you'll be told it's all in your head. Those are valid worries, things like that, but not as important as taking a chance to be well, healthy and whole.

And those scenarios are pretty unlikely. If they ever did actually happen, they would be because of a crud doctor, not because they were so.

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