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Can a person be depressed but not be sad, very hard time relaxing always has to be busy. also does everything on own because perfectionist.

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Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Depression;moodiness: Depression is a mood disorder and involes change in mood; sad or irritable mood. Off course it is associated other symptoms like change in sleep, energy and appetite. It can be associated with anxiety; inability to relax, need to be busy, hard time relaxing. Anxiety disorder like ocd and generalized can also present the way you describing. Try this website for details: www.Nimh.Nih.Gov.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Depression: A person can be depressed and not experience sadness. Often times the depressed mood and its accompanying neurochemical changes dulls a person's emotions and your sadness can be buried for a time. Also remember you can either be perfect or you can be human. So far I have never met anyone who has achieved perfection but many cause undue stress trying.

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