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A 49-year-old member asked:

do you think i should feel bad or ashamed for feeling depressed and avoiding people?

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Dr. Raymond Coffin
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
No shame: The impulse to isolate is one of the effects of clinical depression, and there is no reason to feel shame. However, as much as possible, push yourself to say engaged with people you trust who care about your welfare. While it "comes with the territory, " allowing ourselves to become totally isolated increases the difficulty of climbing out of depression. Stay connected.
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 35 years experience
No, but: Best to seek help about this rather than feeling bad or ashamed. The reporter mike wallace told the world about this after hiding it for many years. Depression is not any reason to be ashamed. Please seek help about this rather than avoiding treatment options.

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What can I do if I am depressed, have bad health, no friends, and am falling behind in school?

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Find a counselor: Find a good counselor, then further answers to each of these questions will be found. You will find ways to cope with school and ways to find new friends. You may or may not need medication for your depression, work with your counselor on this. Health issues you shiould see a medical speicialist but your counselor can help you cope with the treatments.. Good luck.
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What are the symptoms of a depressive episode?

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Dr. William Goldie
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Triple threat: The three most common symptoms are inability to sleep, lack of interest in eating, extreme sadness. In children it can include aggressive behavior, defiance, self injurious behavior. Bouts of crying often without reason and thoughts of dying would indicate a very severe form. Reactive depression is common, but pathological depression is a very serious condition.

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