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I have never been formally diagnosed with clinical depression, because I am afraid I might be labeled and judged for life even after I finish school and work. Even my parents stopped me when I started hearing voices in my teens (which has thankfully stopped). There was a guy who used to say horrible and hateful things about me in secondary school; one of his friends now attending the same university as me sent me a friend request which I accepted without thinking much about it. But I feel real paranoid and wonder why now? Reminds me of the time when I would hear horrible things about myself. Thank you for reading my issue. (From Papua New Guinea)


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  Not exactly sure what the question is, but would certainly “unfriend” this person if it is troubling you. I’d also recommend you use the university counseling center to work with someone individually to help sort through these issues.

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


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). Paranoid. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 24, 2019, from
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