Oct 13 2015
If you are a young person and feel depressed, just be aware that this is very common among teenagers.
While many doctors are ready to prescribe drugs, and fortunately there are also good and responsible doctors, be aware that anti depressants do not have a good record for treating depression in the long run. If there are problems, like post traumatic stress disorder, (for example being involved in a terrible car accident or seeing someone die) medication may not work at all and can actually make the problems worse.
So what to do? Never just accept a prescription from your doctor without consulting first a mental health professional like a psychologist. Because the psychologist will be able to advice your doctor and work with your doctor to find the best possible cure or treatment that often involves no drugs but simple therapy to discuss and solve problems.
Unfortunately Governments of the world rather than facilitate consultation with psychologists, before a drug treatment, are cutting down on funds so that the first cause of action, because of ignorance and time limitation or not enough funds, is the prescription to get drugs. This is wrong and dangerous because if you take medication when you should not you can inflict a much greater mental illness on yourself when it could have been treated with proper treatment in the first place. Be aware.
On the Central Coast of Australia, we have a terrible problem with teenage depression and there are many suicides, too many and abnormal. The situation has improved over the years because of more education. But the problems are still serious and although the Central Coast is a beautiful place, it has never been friendly to young people: not enough jobs; no adequate transport; majority of older and retired people with little or no opportunities for younger people. It is time that more young people come out with their problems and that we adults reduce the stigma and start being more understanding. In other words even adults need to grow up and lear how to help their teenage sons and daughters. This is a world wide problem now more to do with so called advanced society (for me primitive technological societies)