How do i know if I'm actually depressed or if im just being a whiny bitch? I don't want to go on medication unless it is actually damaging me.
Do you feel your mood is depressed most of the time?
Do you feel lacking in energy?
Do you feel unmotivated?
Then there's shit about:
Appetite and weight change
Changes to sleep pattern
Lack of sex drive
A few others
Haven't done psych in ages
Chronic depression is (believed to be) caused by a chemical imbalance. SSRIs and other medications are used to try to correct this imbalance. Feeling sadness from real life events is not a chemical imbalance.
If OP is depressed because his dad just died I highly doubt a psychiatrist would recommend him medication. On the other hand if he's been suffering from depression over a long period of time it would probably help.
depression over a long period of time is also often caused by other things other than a chemical imbalance. its hard to have real emotions when everythigns so artificial. you gotta pretty much focus on it.,
How's highschool science going?
DSM-V outlines guidelines for diagnosis
Grieving for >6months with no improvement is pathological
Seeing everything in an overly negative light, without being able to get over it, is pathological
Cochrane reviews question the efficacy of SSRIs
maybe one day we'll get to take psychology 101 and be as pretentious as you
>DSM-V outlines guidelines for diagnosis
>Grieving for >6months with no improvement is pathological
That's not how it works and yes, grieving that long isn't something that an emotionally stable person would do.
>Seeing everything in an overly negative light, without being able to get over it, is pathological
because hes so much smarter than us and needs to show it. how else is he going to feel good about his life?
OP here. Thanks for the replies. Ill try to explain my situation. I feel extremely uncomfortable in my own skin. I feel like an inconvenience by allowing people to even see me. I have a retarded walk, severe acne, squinty eyes, terrible social skills, and no social experience (No friends and never had a gf). I am laughed at in public often, making me feel worse and in turn care less, making my appearance worse. I get drunk alone almost every night.
>I feel like an inconvenience by allowing people to even see me
You have super low self esteem. Try to stop giving a fuck about other people's opinions. It takes a while, but it's doable.
>I have a retarded walk
How do you know?
Get medication for it, it exists and it works.
What do you mean by that?
> terrible social skills, and no social experience
Welcome to the club pal. Now get a job around people for long enough that you stop being self conscious about them.
> I am laughed at in public often
Really? Or is that just what you think?
>because i know they don't care
For someone who thinks so little of himself, you sure seem to have an elevated view of your own opinion. You only think that because it suits your wallowing in self pity. Yes, some people couldn't care less, but some people would and do care, you just got a figure out which.