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I Feel So Disconnected From Myself And My Surroundings Am I Depressed
Possibly: Depression is an illness that can present a number of different ways. A feeling of disconnection or withdrawal from social interaction can be one of them. Other indicators might be a change in your sleeping or eating habits, lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities, or feelings of worthlessness or thoughts of suicide, among other things. Talk to your family doctor about these feelings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
Have you been: Involved with dialectical behavior therapy? It may be very beneficial to you. Talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is extremely important for lasting change. Psychiatric medications may be indicated. Here are some basics: don't isolate. Spend time with people. Having a support system is very important. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possibilities: I don't know what you've quit that you're saying this about yourself. Have you noticed a pattern of giving up on things you wanted to do, or committed to? What do people close to you tell you? Depression can certainly make you feel tired and like giving up . . . But it's not the only possibility. Maybe a physical problem, like anemia or hypothyroid? See your family doctor for a checkup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I find myself not leaving house for weeks/months at a time. I feel depressed what can I do about it?
Get Help!!: Your dr can assess for mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night ; eat healthfully. ...Read more
Cutting: Meds and therapy together are your best bet. Get a psychiatric evaluation for what ails you, and what cutting means to you as well as anything else that may be going on. Then get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist to help with the emotional issues behind cutting. DO THIS RIGHT NOW. TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER AND GO TO YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM OR DIAL 911 IMMEDIATELY. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a therapist: Other helpful hints include regular sleep schedule, healthy diet, stress reduction, making sure relationships are fine, exercise, practicing your faith or spirituality in one of evanston's marvelous worship spaces , getting out to make more friends, helping others, avoiding drugs and alcohol, walks along the lakefront( lake michigan was gorgeous today) , attending northwesterns many concerts, etc. ...Read more
I'm afraid that if I take medication for depression, i'll feel even more depressed seeing myself take the medication. What should I do?
On The Same Team: Medication is often recommended for the treatment of depression. It is not uncommon for one to resent the actual medication. Two suggestions: first you have nothing to lose by trying the medication and with positive results it will be easy to continue. Second i tell my patients to sit with their pills in front of them, talk to them, and make them your friends. You are all on the same team. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Irrational shame: It's good that you are in touch enough with your feelings to make the connection between your sexuality and your depressed and shameful feelings. There is nothing shameful or depressing about a healthy sex drive. There is something specific to you that needs to be addressed. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Self inflicted: Mutilation is one way that some people cope. It is not a healthy coping mechanism. People may harm themselves because they feel emotionally numb ; it allows them to feel something. Some harm to distract from anxiety, depression or stress. Some people self-harm as a form of self- punishment. Self harm may be done as a cry for help. Perfectionists may harm themselves because they. ...Read more
Talk to someone: It sounds like you're really going through a tough time right now ... Your best bet is always to seek help from a licensed psychiatrist who can tailor a treatment plan that addresses your individual needs. Wish there was a better answer than that ... But having a desire to get better is definitely the first step and it sounds like you've got that one down. ...Read more
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