Hi all. I know I'm not a big poster, but I do do a lot of 'lurking' - guess it's just reassuring that there are other people out there having similar experiences and coping. I've suffered from some sort of depression and have had suicidal feelings for a few years now, but I have never told anyone. Recently though it has been getting quite bad and it has been affecting my life more than usual - I've been barely able to sleep for weeks, my work is getting affected, and it seems so chronic, like it will get better but not go away. I will appear alright on the outside, but I will be dying on the inside. So this week I did something I thought I would never do, and try and get help. I've booked an appointment at the GP's next week. But I have no idea how I will describe my problem to the doctor. I'm also wondering whether to tell my parents before I go to the doctors. I'm currently single and my parents are the people I am closest to, and I would like them to know about my problems first, but I don't know whether I should make sure I actually have a problem etc before I tell them, and I'm not sure how they will react. So I guess I'm just asking for your thoughts on these issues. Thanks. And thanks to everyone on the forum for being such a help to so many people.