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Am I Depressed?

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I have been having trouble sleeping and occasionally suffer from nightmares. I always feel as though I am worthless and feel like I am guilty and should be punished. I often feel unloved or uncared although I am sure I am. I feel like I am an inconvenience to everyone and that I am worthless. I think that I am ugly and am a bad person. I have thought about suicide but I have not taken any action and don’t think I ever will. I have cut myself because of my self-hatred but I have stopped but will still occasionally cause myself intentional pain, but nothing serious.

Am I Depressed?

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I deeply appreciate the fact that you are writing us to ask about your symptoms. While these are classic symptoms of depression, it may also be that you have other symptoms that you haven’t written about. The best thing to do, since you are still in high school, is to talk to your guidance counselor about how you are feeling and what might be done about it. This is an important step to take. Your writing here was the first one. Now talk to your counselor to make the changes you need in your life.

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

Am I Depressed?

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: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Am I Depressed?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2019, from
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