You wrote that you have been experiencing symptoms of depression for years, but you don’t mention having consulted a mental health professional. Treating your mental health should be no different than treating your physical health. When you notice that something is wrong, you shouldn’t wait to have an evaluation.
Evidence suggests that depression is a highly treatable condition. There are medications and therapies that target symptoms of depression. Treatment can reduce or even eliminate your symptoms. In the absence of treatment, your symptoms will likely continue, probably grow worse and further diminish the quality of your life.
You noted that it’s hard for you to concentrate on your studies. If you don’t do well in school, you risk failing. When you consider the fact that depression could lead to your having to drop out of medical school, then it becomes apparent that treatment is a necessity to your future happiness and success.
It would be wisest to consult a mental health professional. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle