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Is This Clinical Depression?

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I have always believed that every person is un-harmfully eccentric in their own way but I think lately, I have been more than that. Feels unhealthy. I am very lonely and still pushing people away & myself into a cocoon. I am unable to concentrate in work or anything constructive. I procrastinate everything possible and turn to movies/ tv shows to escape from feeling all this. I am oversleeping and tired all day long which is very unlike me. I cry anywhere and at anytime without any reason and I am keeping my troubles to myself. I no longer seem to have control over these moods. I think I might be clinically depressed but I cannot know for sure. Please help me diagnose what is wrong with me and to get healthy again.

Is This Clinical Depression?

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You may be experiencing depression but I can’t make a diagnosis over the Internet. Your symptoms are outside the normal range of sadness. You’re lonely, isolative, procrastinating, lack energy and moody. We all experience those emotions from time to time; however, they tend to be fleeting and short-lived. When they are consistent, seem uncontrollable and are long-lasting, it’s potentially indicative of depression.

It would be best for you to meet with a mental health professional who can determine if you have depression. Depression is highly treatable. Common interventions include: cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, and others. The combination of therapy and medication has been found to be quite effective for treating depression. I hope you will consider seeking treatment. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle

Is This Clinical Depression?

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

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Randle, K. (2018). Is This Clinical Depression?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 18, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2014/02/17/is-this-clinical-depression/
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