I can appreciate how difficult it must be to not feel in control of your own mood, attention, emotions, thoughts, or memory. All of these things you have correctly postulated that they may be symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism or low IQ. But they could also be symptoms of a physical issue. The two primary possibilities for these symptoms are depression and ADHD.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
- Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
- Disengaged, with a loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Changes in appetite (weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting)
- Insomnia or sleeping too much.
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Anxiety-related physical activity (e.g. hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
- Loss of meaning or purpose, feeling worthless or guilty
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
The easiest way to sort this all out — to see if it is physical or psychological in nature, is to have a visit with a neurologist. A good neurologist or neuro-psychologist will be able to do testing that can reveal how you can best manage the symptoms. Without the kind of medical and psychological testing you will be guessing in the dark about what is going on.
Wishing you patience and peace,
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral