My friend has been struggling with depression for a long time and just started taking medication. He is feeling way better! He seems really different and says he has a lot more energy and focus. If I ask my doctor for the same medication, will it have the same effect on me?

First of all, it’s so great that you and your friend can talk openly about mental health. Having a positive and supportive network where you can share experiences can make a huge difference! It must be such a relief to see your friend start to feel better after having a hard time. For those who experience depression, making the choice to take medication can be life-changing. If you haven’t been diagnosed with depression, your friend’s medication won’t give you the boost you’re looking for. But if you’re not feeling quite right yourself, check in with a medical provider right away. Your friend’s medication may not be the right fit for you, but a medical provider will help you figure out a treatment that is. If you have been experiencing symptoms of depression, telling a doctor can help you take the first steps on the road to relief.

Everyone feels sad sometimes, but if you’re feeling down more often than not, this could indicate that you may be depressed. Depression is a serious medical condition thought to be caused by chemical differences in the brain. Depression can affect the way you think, feel, and interact with the world, and it can feel overwhelming and isolating to deal with. The signs of depression can be subtle: if you’re often feeling tired or easily irritated, or are no longer interested in activities you once loved, talk to someone about it. The good news is that there are many ways to treat depression, including different types of medication and talk therapy. Talking to a medical provider can help you learn about these resources and find out which ones are right for you.

If you think you may be experiencing some of the same symptoms as your friend, don’t hesitate to ask for help. You deserve to feel better. Medication can be a critical step in managing your mental health, and can be particularly powerful when combined with talk therapy. If you live in the NYC area, you can meet with a medical provider and receive ongoing care from a mental health professional at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, confidentially and at no charge to you. Reach out today!