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I Think I Might Have Depression

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I’m 14 years old, and I think I might have depression, but I’m not sure. On and off for the past year, I’ve been not motivated, and whenever I try to get organized or “Get my life together” it only lasts a few days. Yesterday I fell asleep at 8pm without doing my homework and woke up at 8am. I still felt exhausted, and my mom let me stay home because she thought I was sick, or upset about something. I told her I don’t know why I’m sad, but she thinks I just don’t want to tell her. I pretend to be happy most of the time, but I mostly just have an empty feeling.

I love art, but I’ve lost motivation to do it. I’ve also been trying to get in shape for spring sports, but I feel like I can’t. I’ve been taking quizzes, and they say I might have moderate to severe depression, and my loneliness quiz was high. I also wonder if I have some sort of social anxiety, because for most of the school year, I have stayed in for lunch because crowds of people overwhelm me, and I feel like I have trouble striking up conversations, and making friends. I guess I have some friends, but I don’t think I have one best friend that I can trust. Math had been hard for me lately because I lack motivation to put effort into my work, and I feel like I would bother anyone to ask for help with my math, or my problem. Last year, I think it came from losing my best friend to other people, but now I’m not sure. I’m not sure what to do now, its become harder to hide, and I feel stuck.

By the way, whenever I feel sad, or lonely, or someone brushes me off, I get these weird chills, and goosebumps. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it, but I’m not sure. I’m also the person who is there for a lot of people, but I don’t think anyone notices that I’m like this. Not sure if this will help me, but thank you anyway. Sorry for the inconvenience.

I Think I Might Have Depression

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I’m sorry you’re going through such a difficult time. There are many possibilities to explain what’s going on, and I think the best place to start is with your physician. Ask your parents to bring you in for a check up. The physician can make a decision about whether or not something physical is causing all this — or something psychological. After that, he or she can make a recommendation about the next right thing to do.

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

I Think I Might 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 Might Have Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 17, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2015/05/04/i-think-i-might-have-depression/
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