OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Monday, February 24

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QUESTION: What do you do if you think you need to be diagnosed with depression and need to take anti-depressants? Is there anything on campus that's free?

10 comments

  1. Book an appointment with counselling services (free)

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    1. Counselling services can NOT diagnose you with depression or prescribe you medication. They can, however, recommend that you see a doctor who can do both of these. It's up to you if you want to skip the counselling stage.

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    2. and yall might get raped

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  2. They are ALL free (to an extent).

    Book an appointment with health services regarding mental health concerns (free).
    Once they go through that with you and thinks a diagnosis would be the appropriate next step, they will book you an appointment with a psychologist on campus to do assessments (also free unless you have something truly out of the box, but depression-wise that's free from what I did).
    Results will be given in about 3 weeks. (free)
    You will then meet with your doctor to discuss next steps.
    Counselling is free for 10 sessions/year BUT if you need it, usually the aren't too strict on that rule.
    Anti-depressants depends on the brand. I'm currently on Cipralex and with the student plan AND my dad's insurance I'm on, it was free. However, without either one, it ranges from $11-$13. However, Cipralex might not work for everyone and you might need to try different brands which could cost more or less.

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  3. your doctor should know which drugs will be covered under most health plans/be available in generic forms should you not have coverage.

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  4. I'm currently seeing one of the therapists with counselling services to talk about my issues and he said that he would help me get a ball rolling for consulting a psychiatrist to be properly diagnosed. 1a is right when they say that counselling services cannot properly diagnose you or prescribe you with any medications, but they are there if you want to talk to them (for free).

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  5. you are going through a phase.

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  6. A friend of mine just googled depression symptoms and memorized the key points. She took events from her past, and recast them in a narrative to support a diagnosis of depression. After a bit of time she booked an appointment with a doctor and in maybe 1 to 2 session she got a prescription for something.

    I don't know why she did this. She might have self diagnosed and convinced herself that she really does have depression. Or she might have just wanted to benefit from some of the side effects the anti-depressants have on people who don't need them. I honestly never found out why she went through this whole phase of her life, she doesn't take them anymore. To be clear, she was never actually suffering from depression, she just did enough research and planning to convince a doctor that she was.

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    1. The definition of depression is ambiguous. So anyone could get anti-depressants from telling a story.

      But most people that are depressed will very quickly turn to western medicine as a means to solve a problem. Instead of being honest with themselves, their main goal is to 'feel better'. Many people will depression won't take the time to sit with their depression and enjoy its company. The thing with (most) depression is that it's just a cycle: feel down -> try to suppress and get rid of it -> feel down as a result -> try to get rid of it -> feel even more down... until they hit rock bottom.. then they have a choice, figure it out, or get medicine to continue to cover it up.

      I will probably get a lot of hate for this, but if you get upset over this, you're only hurting yourself and continuing your illusion.

      I wish you all the best.

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    2. ^not sure about what 6a is saying but all you need is a quick google search to figure out exactly why antidepressants should only be taken when absolutely necessary. The possible side-effects lists usually look like they could be a serious disease all on their own.

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