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I believe to have depression and anxiety issues; lately I’ve been feeling nauseous, short of breath, and fearful. I believe that I may have symptoms of depression, probably not severe but I believe that I should talk to a professional anyway, in case my situation may become worse. My problem has gradually become worse over the years. When I was younger I believe myself to be a happy, normal child, though probably just a bit odd. I remember when I was younger, of being teased a lot in school; sometimes I was even teased by family members. During Middle School and High School, I remember myself to be more motivated for my future, and this motivation moved even more towards Freshman Year. Then suddenly, I began to feel less motivated. I began to feel more sub conscious of who I am. My grades became lower and lower, my motivation slowly began to slip away. Because I am unhappy with my real life, I escape to a virtual life on the Internet, and constantly enjoy playing video games just to escape from my problems. I feel so unsecured. I don’t feel as if I’m smart enough to accomplish my goals, or to even socialize with other people, I don’t believe I’m pretty, I constantly eat, and have lost the motivation to lose weight and be happy. I don’t trust many people, and I believe that everybody dislikes me, which causes me to stay quiet, and not try and make new friends. Note, I do want to better myself, I still want to accomplish my dreams, I want my family to approve and be grateful to have a daughter like me, I have some friends, though, they do cause me a lot of stress. Sometimes I am happy and I do not feel like this, but when I’m at school, the anxiety and depression come back, or even when I go out of the house. I am known as odd, and quiet, some people even think I’m mean because of the fact I don’t talk. At least I think so. I want to better myself but I can’t find the energy to do so. My grades in school are down because I do not feel like doing my work or even attending class, and it’s only for the fact that I don’t want to interact with people because I’m worried of being judged. Please help me, what’s wrong with me? I don’t want to feel worthless, I don’t want to hide from society anymore, I want to be the person I dream of. My mother believes it is because I’m lazy, or because I am too distracted with my boyfriend (He is long distant) I do somewhat agree, but what I’ve stated here, I believe are the more bigger issues in my problems, sometimes I feel like killing myself actually, I think, that maybe its better to just die instead of living in a society where I feel unwanted, demeaning, and a worthless human being. Please help, it would be much appreciated. Thank you.

I Think I Have Depression

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I agree with your self-assessment that you seem to have symptoms of a mild depression and that talking with a professional would be the right way to go. As you have identified yourself as a college student, I think going to the counseling center on campus is a good first step. They are very familiar with the symptoms and feelings you have described.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

I Think I Have Depression

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). I Think I Have Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 20, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2011/11/17/i-think-i-have-depression/
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