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Periods Of Sadness, Anxiety, and Happiness – Is It a Mental Issue?

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I’ve always considered myself to be an anxious person. However, this week, I’ve been having a number of panic attacks. Before this, I was only anxious but able to go through presenting, but now, I find myself nauseous, worrying way too much, and I even forget my lines. Aside from this, I have also had a history of dark periods. An example is my last dark period, which lasted for about a month, in which I became suicidal again. When I spoke to my mother about this, she repeatedly denied me having mental issues, but she did say she will get me a therapist (she never did, it’s just something she says.) I am currently in a better place, but I find myself very anxious, and I cannot stay still. My mind keeps going a hundred miles a minute. I now lust after many things. Is this something that should be addressed? And if so, what should I do?
A few more details: I cannot relax, my body is very tense, I hate talking to strangers and hide in my room whenever people I don’t know come to my house, and when I’m with friends, I’m happier. (From Vietnam)

Periods Of Sadness, Anxiety, and Happiness – Is It a Mental Issue?

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Thank you for writing us. While I am glad that you are in a better place, the fact that you have had suicidal thoughts in your last dark period means you want to do everything you can to stop from having that happen again. It is time for you to see a therapist. Tell your mom and make sure she understands that it is not something to put off. If she doesn’t make the appointment for you right away, let a trusted teacher in your school know and ask for help. Writing us was a very good beginning. Now follow it up by getting a therapist.

Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Periods Of Sadness, Anxiety, and Happiness – Is It a Mental Issue?

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). Periods Of Sadness, Anxiety, and Happiness – Is It a Mental Issue?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 23, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2016/12/28/periods-of-sadness-anxiety-and-happiness-is-it-a-mental-issue/
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