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    Not sure if I知 actually depressed or not

    I知 not sure where else to put this or where else to ask. I went to the doctors recently about a health anxiety issue and he asked about my mental well-being and basically asked if I had thought about anti depressants. However I知 not even sure if I知 depressed? I feel like I知 just lying and making myself feel worse by thinking about it all the time. I don稚 feel sad only sometimes do I get quite sudden intense episodes of sadness but they go within days and then I知 not sure if my feelings are being content or numb. I can do things for the most part it痴 not like I知 unable to get out of bed. How do you know if it痴 not just me feeling normal but thinking I知 low?

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    Re: Not sure if I知 actually depressed or not

    "Anti-depressants" are a blanket term for psychotropic medication. While some are more geared for treating depression, they're also used to treat anxiety and other mental health issues.

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    Re: Not sure if I知 actually depressed or not

    I also have sudden bouts of sadness, but as you stated, they do pass. I often feel numb as well, I just go with the tide; rather than against the tide - with the flow. Think about Ebb and balance. You can't be happy all the time, hence you can't be sad all the time. Content and numb aren't the same by any stretch ... Content and ease are feeling(s) associated with steady solace; rather the feeling(s) of numbness are often when your emotions well up and deaden your senses. Try to (figuratively) step away form you situation sometimes when your anxiety has you questioning whether or not your depressed, because the worry can easily become A self-fulfilling prophecy if the cycle isn't interrupted/broken. Be careful with the word "Normal" - it 'in and of itself' (often) leads to disappointment and uncertainty.
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    Re: Not sure if I知 actually depressed or not

    Quote Originally Posted by Scissel73 View Post
    I also have sudden bouts of sadness, but as you stated, they do pass. I often feel numb as well, I just go with the tide; rather than against the tide - with the flow. Think about Ebb and balance. You can't be happy all the time, hence you can't be sad all the time. Content and numb aren't the same by any stretch ... Content and ease are feeling(s) associated with steady solace; rather the feeling(s) of numbness are often when your emotions well up and deaden your senses. Try to (figuratively) step away form you situation sometimes when your anxiety has you questioning whether or not your depressed, because the worry can easily become A self-fulfilling prophecy if the cycle isn't interrupted/broken. Be careful with the word "Normal" - it 'in and of itself' (often) leads to disappointment and uncertainty.
    How do you know when you池e feeling right though? I致e felt like this since my health anxiety started when I was 11( other issues involved but yeah)but at least during my teen years it was easy to identify. Now at 22 I知 not even sure what I enjoy or feel so I guess that痴 what I知 asking.I知 in therapy I do all the things they say but I don稚 feel any different so what if this is normal or doing well? It痴 giving me anxiety to think of taking a medicine I don稚 need and That I知 just lying about not even doing well for no reason. I致e got stuck in a loop of trying to see if I feel things or if I feel sad to the point I致e made myself feel odd.

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    Re: Not sure if I知 actually depressed or not

    I'm going to give this more thought today and hopefully return with more. Chin up
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    Re: Not sure if I知 actually depressed or not

    For now: we'll go with your phrasing "How do you know when you池e feeling right." Of course the flip side of the coin would be, how do you know when you're feeling wrong. Since you were 11? I don't think I was ever "Right" or "Normal" LOL. All kidding aside, I realize what you're asking. When you say you don't feel any different, ask yourself what are you expecting [unrealistic expectations] from therapy. I've been in therapy practically all my life (I"m 47) and sometimes I also question why I don't feel like a million bucks by now when I've no doubt paid them about that much ... :-) Anxiety and panic can have us questioning everything, when perhaps we are overthinking things and less appreciating our experiences, thus steeling our own joy. Its easy to get stuck in that loop if not interrupted by changing your pattern(s) as soon as you recognize them starting. When you catch yourself questioning whether or not your "Right" / "Wrong" / "Normal" / "Abnormal" / "Odd" (no human is any of those btw), recognize that this is your anxiety and I recommend distraction to avoid going down the rabbit hole, because you don't deserve to cause yourself distress. Every day is not the same and you can't expect to feel the same every day; I know I don't. Life is a dance. You aren't odd, you're human, we try our best and keep going. Be well.
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    Re: Not sure if I知 actually depressed or not

    I think you池e right and if I was thinking rationally or felt better I would agree. I do probably have unrealistic expectations but sometimes it feels very exhausting and a massive Let down to think I can pay all this money for me to just be able to manage the numb or the panic better,especially since this has been happening since I was a child. I知 stuck in therapy because I don稚 know how to get to that place of 杜oving with the tide like you said because all I feel is angry that I have to even be here in the first place. I know normal isn稚 the right word and I shouldn稚 use it but I can稚 help feel sorry for myself that I can稚 be one of those 渡ormal people who doesn稚 question everything they ever feel or think. I try and do the techniques but my counsellor says I use distraction too much so now I知 just stuck.

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    Re: Not sure if I知 actually depressed or not

    Rational thinking vs Critical thinking - as humans, we (all) have the tendencies to become irrational at times, but I can see you recognize this (if you felt better / better frame of mind) - that is a great realization. Excellent! If you have a good therapist, they will 'guide' you to improve your coping skills re panic and anxiety. I comes down to (radical) acceptance, once you realize this, you will begin to move with the tide. Fighting against the tide is exhausting and only holds you back and inhibits growth. I understand though; truthfully. However, anger turned at own self is unhealthy to our psyche. Frustration over your circumstances in understandable. Yes, wouldn't it be nice to not have to manage crap that others (may or may not) take for granted - I like that you put "normal people" in quotes. Ahh .. bliss. Distraction techniques are helpful to break cycles and patterns, nonetheless, you still have to work on better understanding the root cause(s) of you worry to better manage your reaction(s). It is a process, that myself, and presumably many of us here, are indeed a work in progress. That being said .. if you discover a way to abolish numb; please do let me know as it unpleasant to say the least and I know it all too well. Perhaps other members will have advice for you, as well.
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    Re: Not sure if I知 actually depressed or not

    a professional psychiatrist can evaluate your situation. that's what you have to do for sure . but the fact that you are asking this question either means you are over thinking it or you are suffering from anxiety. although this is my very personal opinion bases on my personal experiences and can be -probably is- wrong...
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    Re: Not sure if I知 actually depressed or not

    I think I was overthinking it. I am going to try medication along with therapy

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