An in-person interview, with a trained diagnostician, would provide the most accurate diagnosis but depression may be a realistic possibility. According to your letter, your symptoms include: a desire to isolate, physical and emotional pain, low self-esteem, and the consistent urge to cry. Those are common signs of depression.
Your symptoms are interfering with your life and they should be treated. To answer your question directly, yes, you should ask your mother to take you to a doctor. Being evaluated by a doctor does not mean that you will have to take medication. Many people who are receiving treatment for depression don’t take medication. Instead, they undergo counseling. With the right therapist, counseling is an effective treatment modality.
What are your next steps? Speak to your mother. Tell her about your symptoms. Ask her if she will schedule an appointment for you with either a primary care physician (PCP) or a local therapist. Consider seeing your PCP first to rule out possible medical problems. The PCP can then refer you to a therapist. If you choose not to see a PCP, the “find help” tab, at the top of this page, can help you to locate a therapist in your community.
The best way to find the right therapist is to call at least four or five and ask them various questions, including:
- Can they help you?
- How exactly would they help you?
- What would they suggest that you do?
- Would they be willing to see you and if so, how soon and how often?
- How long have they been in practice?
- Have they helped other individuals with similar problems?
- What were the outcomes of those situations?
Choose the therapist who you feel most comfortable with and schedule an appointment. I wish you the best. Please take care.