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Am I mentally ill? - June 15th 2012, 08:51 PM

I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety four years ago and now I am on Sertraline(Zoloft) and in counselling. My symptoms are mostly reduced as i am not suicidal anymore but I do get times where I will have thoughts running through my head, revolving around my brain I get agitated and need break from class discussions and I go outside. If it's bad enough I can't go back in because as soon as I'm in the classroom the bothersome compulsive thoughts keep coming back. Is Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression a mental illness and this means I am mentally ill? I have gone through years of therapy and now when I tried it along wit medication it helped a lot. Even though I had the perfect life, I was still depressed and the world seemed overwhelming.
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Re: Am I mentally ill? - June 15th 2012, 11:10 PM

Hey there! Sorry to hear your having a tough time in your life right now.
I'm slightly confused on your question; Did you mean are your technically mentally ill, or mentally ill in a negative sense?

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Re: Am I mentally ill? - June 16th 2012, 05:35 AM

I meant am I technically mentally ill?
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Re: Am I mentally ill? - June 16th 2012, 07:21 AM

*Technically*, yes, as you have been diagnosed with things considered to be mental illnesses.

However many mental illnesses remit (enter remission) and some never relapse, and if that becomes the case, then you will have been mentally ill in the past, but not presently.

Mental illness affects a large portion of the population at some stage of their lives. For a lot of people, it's not permanent, it gets treated, and then they're no longer ill.
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Re: Am I mentally ill? - June 19th 2012, 03:50 PM

Hey there,

Listen, there's a need to label every little disorder, behaviour, trouble or however u wanna call it, so that as a psychologist, for instance, you can diagnose someone with anxiety, depression, adjusting issues, and a huge etcetera of "illnesses". That doesn't mean that u have a mental illness with all the negative connotations it implies. Yes, u do have issues, u have difficulties to face certain situations, ur brain makes reality look very negaitive, and so on, and it may be partly due to certain substances ur brain is not producing or producing in excess, due to ur personality, to ur current situation or a mixture of everything.

What i want to say is that as i see it u shouldn't consider urself "ill" with the sense of having some kind perhaps of "handicap", but rather accepting those issues and trying to reduce them as much as possible so that u can have a better living... I don't know if i expressed myself ok
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