If you go see your GP about your mood, they might suggest you try medication if your depression or anxiety is severe, or if other treatments haven’t worked (or maybe aren’t available where you live). These meds can only be prescribed by a GP or other medical doctor, like a psychiatrist.

You'll want good info on the medications they suggest, so you can decide for yourself if it’s something you want to do. Don’t be shy to ask lots of questions about it.

Talk to someone you trust about this decision – a psychologist or counsellor can probably help answer some questions, but whoever prescribes the meds should provide you with clear info about the pros and cons about taking meds for depression or anxiety. They’ll also tell you how to take it and what the possible side effects are.

Sometimes it takes a while to find the right meds that work for you, and it can take a couple of weeks for some meds to kick in. So give it a bit of time. If the side effects are too much, tell your doctor – there might be something else you can try. Also, you should talk to your doctor or psychiatrist before you stop taking medication, even if you feel like they aren’t doing it for you.

One more important thing to keep in mind: it's dangerous to mix medication with drugs, other medication, or alcohol. Tell your doctor what else you take (if anything) so they've got the info they need to treat you. This includes natural products and supplements like St John’s Wort.

For a lot of people, the right medication can be incredibly helpful. But keep in mind that while the meds will work on your brain chemistry, they won’t fix whatever might be going on in your life that’s been affecting your mood. Getting professional help for tackling those issues is key.

If you’re unsure of anything, or worried, ask lots of questions. It’s your right to ask and get honest, straight up answers.