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Thumbs down possible depression? - January 19th 2011, 08:20 PM

Hi

I just wanna get some advice on this, even though it's not happening at the moment as badly as it has done before.

basically, a few months ago, i went through this period of being really depressed. it lasted about a month, maybe a bit more, but it wasnt the first time. i can't remember what triggered it now, but it wasn't nice. at the same time, i got really paranoid. i'm naturally a paranoid person (mainly because of the way i look) and on the bus or at school i feel constantly stared at and laughed at.

it got really bad. i didnt talk to people much because i felt kinda like a burden on people. I felt like i anoyed everyone i spoke to, so i just spoke as little as possible. i thought i might have hade some sort of schizophrenia...
it was only an online thing i looked at but i showed certain symptoms...nothing major like delusions of hillucinations though. it was just icolated feelings and things like that. and the paranoia of course.

I dont still think i have it. i mean sure, i get depressed and stuff, and the paranoia is really bad, but its not that im pretty sure of it. I just kinda wanna hear your suggestions about it all.

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Re: possible depression? - January 19th 2011, 08:38 PM

Hi Hollie, by the sounds of it it's definitely not Schizophrenia. Depression can come and go in waves/cycles of a few weeks or months at a time for some people. Given that, you can't rule it out, although there are a lot of questions a Psychiatrist would ask to determine whether or not you had depression.

As far as your 'paranoia' is concerned, there is a common feeling that people get called the 'spotlight effect'. It occurs exactly like what you are describing: constantly being stared at, laughed at, etc. The reality of the world is that most people AREN'T watching you like hawks, laughing at you or staring; more often than not you simply THINK they are. In reality, they are just as concerned with themselves as you are with yourself, and if there is laughing going on it likely has nothing to do with you. This is not abnormal; in fact everyone probably has probably felt the 'spotlight effect' from one time or another.

I think you're a naturally shy person by the sounds of it, and that's not a big deal. With time you can learn to be happier with yourself and have more positive social interactions, regardless of whether you have depression or not.


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Re: possible depression? - January 19th 2011, 08:44 PM

Thanks for your comment, it helped me understand a bit more.

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Re: possible depression? - January 19th 2011, 08:47 PM

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