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2/20/18 6:58 P

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I think that if you have difficulty verbalizing, you could write down the sorts of things you feel, etc. and give to your Dr to read. Be open and honest. You will find that once it has been read, you will find it loads easier to answer questions and to just talk, in general. Remember, a problem shared is a problem halved. No doubt once you have had that discussion you will feel a huge weight off your shoulders.

Let us know how you get on, and remember, they have heard it all before and are NOT judgemental. Mental health is just as much a health issue as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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When I was in school and didn't understand what the teacher was teaching I wouldn't ask a question because I didn't want to appear dumb. A teacher once told the class the only dumb question is the one that wasn't asked. Same thing with asking for help. Only brave people and smart people ask for help.

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The first time speaking to someone what's going on is the scariest thing to do I remember the first time I spoke about what happened was to someone I didn't know at the VA. His office hooked me up with those that could help me.

Once you speak of your issue with your doctor you will feel like a weight has been lifted off of you. It's a most freeing experience. Like said before your doctor hears all kinds of things and it's nothing wrong with you.

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You've already gotten two brilliant replies. Here's another, sort of from my late, beloved internist.

There is nothing "wrong" with you. Depression is something that just landed in your lap. Way, way back I cried so easily that I felt embarrassed and humiliated. It happened a few times at my doctor's office. One of those times, he simply said, "It's too bad." He meant what I said to you -- it had landed in my lap "'just because" I was one of the people that the planets pointed to. His simple comment meant so much -- "Hey," I thought, "this is just something that happened."

Even now, when I can't keep from crying, I don't try to compose myself. I tell the person/therapist/doctor, "I'll keep talking because, if we wait for me to compose myself, we'll be here all day."


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It might help to remember that doctors have heard it all before... nothing surprises them. You won't be the first person to ask for that kind of help and you won't be the last either.

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Here’s a tip my sister used to use when she had to make a call that made her nervous. She wrote down what she wanted to say, read it to herself, read it aloud and had the script in front of her when she made the call.

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I booked a doctors appointment today, to finally speak with him about my depression, and asking for a referral. But talking to him about it means actually saying out loud whats wrong with me, I've never done that before.

Anyone have any tips on how to get the courage to ask for help?

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