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Updated on Tuesday, April 1

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QUESTION: I've been feeling quite depressed. Do I just got to counselling or go to health services and request to see a doctor? How does this work? I think I'm ready to get help

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  1. Health Services suggests you go in and see them first. They will want to give you a check-up first because sometimes these things can be a side effect of a physical problem they can help with, like low iron. They can then recommend you to counselling services. (Source: Worked at Health Services)

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    1. 1 again, I just wanted to say good for you, it takes a lot of courage to seek help and I hope the help you receive gives you what you need.

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    2. +1
      And OP, good for you for getting help. I know it's hard and takes so much courage. You are so much stronger than you think you are.

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  2. you're sad not depressed. it'll pass. get over it. mind over matter.

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  3. don't listen to #2 they obviously don't know anything.

    I've done Counselling Services a lot. I never bothered going to health services because I don't see how they would help, but maybe #1 has the right idea, I dunno. I just walked into counselling serv in needles hall and said I wanted to make an appt for the first time. They have you fill out a form and then you get an appointment with an intake counselor who assesses your needs and matches you with a counselor that he/she thinks will suit you and your issues and goals. It's a bit of an annoying process, but I actually really had a lot of success with the counselors at UW. I went to therapy as a teenager and hated my counselors in the past so I was not expecting much. Counseling at UW didn't magically make my emotional problems go away but it did help me feel so much better about the efforts I was making to improve my own life, and made me understand things from a more objective and less skewed point of view. I don't go anymore and I do still have issues sometimes but I feel that they helped equip me with some better tools to control my emotions and keep improving my mental health and quality of life. So, I recommend them, but it's not a miracle or anything. Be ready to open up, be ready to be frank and honest. If you are guarded still then there is no point in going; they can only work with what you give them.

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    1. How long did it take you to get an appointment?

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    2. some health issues can cause you to feel more tired along with other symptoms that you might have thought were caused by depression.

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  4. Best of luck to you, OP. I know I need help but I just can't take that next step.

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  5. Counselling was a waste of time. I just fucked around with the chick's an hour every week or so and left. It was really unfulfilling. I still don't know if she was the thick one or I was...

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