Ask the Therapist About Depression - Page 3

Decrease in My Cognitive Abilities: Is It Psychological or Physiological?

I have been experiencing a decline in my mental capacity. This includes problems recalling the names of certain objects, remembering school work and generally feeling like my mind is blank. I’ve experienced this three years ago and I went to a neurologist who did an MRI, however at that time I was complaining about a numbness in my head which is what this feels like and at that time I also had insomnia, trouble...
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Am I Likely Depressed or Is It Just a Fear of Depression?

For the last two years I have been dealing with a chronic health issue that has really taken its toll on me. Around this time I started also developing strong anxiety and panic attacks. I have never really had a feeling of hopelessness or sadness as I wanted to get back to the life and activities my chronic illness was preventing me from. Fast forward to now and I no longer feel motivated or...
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I Am Dealing with Memory Loss

I am dealing with memory loss. So far doctors are unable to find the cause. Last year my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Often dealing with the medical industry is stressful and our health issues are stressful. I am not depressed all the time just periodically when pressures build up. Often I am unaware that pressures are building up and I have an emotional breakdown. I feel like my memory issues have made...
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Shocking Language & Positive Self-Talk

I’ve had trouble with dysthymia most of my life, and one of the ways it’s manifested is in my brain popping out with shocker statements in an attempt to get a reaction. The most popular statement tends to be “You should kill #8221; I discussed this with my therapist and she suggested trying to use positive shocker statements instead. What would that even look like? I’ve been low for so long I can’t even...
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Was I Sexually Abused?

From the : When I was about 4-5 yrs old, a boy about 7 would take me into the closet and under the bed and take my pants down and touch me and put objects in my undies and say I had to leave it there for awhile. My memory of the rest is pretty hazy. But we were both just kids so it must be my fault just as much as his? Was...
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Establishing Boundaries with my Parents

From the : I am a 22 year old about to graduate from college. My dad has been seriously ill for 6 years. Now, he is home and severely depressed all of the time, because he cannot support the family. My parents fight constantly. My mom uses his sickness to make people feel bad for her and to guilt trip him or my siblings and I. She blames him for all her problems and...
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Confused: Am I Just Bored?

From the start I’ve been a self conscious person with a short fuse. I get frustrated very easily and hate a lot of people, so me I don’t even speak to, just watch. Around 2 years ago I started isolating myself safe at home to read on my phone and around that time I also started having speaking difficulties that became very embarrassing. I still have them now but it’s not as bad. For...
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How Do I Handle Mother Who Left Us 35 Years Ago?

I am 53 and one of 5 kids. Mother left Dad (us) in the ’80s for a woman in another State. She (they) eventually moved back but lived several hours away. We are only now realizing that many of our trials in life have been a result of her abandonment, lies, narcissism, and reluctance to acknowledge her hypochondria (which nearly frightened us to death as kids)or seek therapy for her own survivor’s guilt from...
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Feeling Lost, Hopeless About Life & Relationships

When I’m talking to people I feel like I’m not really there mentally. It’s a sad, hopeless feeling like I can’t connect with people or maybe don’t want to. I’m known to be a very quiet person and have very few friends. When I was younger I really wanted to have a best friend but didn’t really know how so I never did. When I felt like I had a good friendship with someone...
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Why Do I Want to Feel Depressed?

There have been other questions on here like this but they all had different stories. I’m 15 and I don’t know why but I want to feel sad, I want to feel depressed. I have no idea why. Other sites have said its for me to pity myself, but I hate doing that. I just want to sit on my bed and cry over nothing sometimes. Is there something wrong with me? I always...
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My Girlfriend Is Bottled Up

From England: My girlfriend never wants to talk about what bothers her, instead she acts like she doesn’t care, and goes into denial. She is afraid of relationships and says to me “what is the point, if sooner or later one of us would #8221; She doesn’t open up, what can I do to make her open up? A: Thanks for your question. The first thing is to ask yourself an important question: Why...
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