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Pessimism : And optimism are traits that vary naturally among people, but people can learn to be more optimistic. Feeling melancholic (sad, hopeless, depressed) is not a natural or healthy state, and a mental health professional could help resolve it. Books such as "the how of happiness" by sonja lyubomirsky, "authentic happiness" by martin seligman and "feeling good" by david burns may be helpful. ...Read more
Said who?: Happiness is difficult to measure, but i suspect you are mistaken. People who live in cold climates such as the finns, swedish, russians, nepalese, swiss, and many others might disagree. ...Read more
See below: We learn to relate from our caregivers, then the circle expands to friends, etc. Even if you see that something is not working in your relationship, you might try to fix the problem with the things that are available to you or you're most familiar with, leading to problems yet again. You might want to consider family/couples therapy to help you id the impeding issues and how to work through them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Likely: Though it's not an official symptom those with narcissistic personality disorder can have a tendency to talk over people and speak in monologues giving others very little time or room to express their own thoughts and beliefs becaus why should they the narcissist is always right. ...Read more
Varies: Many of us -- myself included -- enjoy work and play without a lot of other people necessarily being around. Einstein called himself a "natural loner" though he was wise, productive & cared deeply for others. Introverts are brain-wired to prefer a low-stimulus environment. A person who lacks social skills or has or acquire mental illness may withdraw from others. The riddle is telling who is who. ...Read more
Schizophrenics: Sure they can, with proper treatments and depending on their support system. ...Read more
Makes sense: Most people want a romantic relationship, and those who are successful here put their smarts and efforts into maintaining both this and other aspects of their lives (job skills, people skills, time management, personal organization) that make for happiness. Other folks like myself are happy loners, absorbed in meaningful work. Choose your own path through life caring for others, & it'll be good. ...Read more
Depends: Approx. 50% of those people who suffer clinical depression if left untreated will have additional episodes. These result from a "learned helplessness"__ repeated life experiences leading one to negative beliefs that one can do little to improve his or her state of suffering in life. This in turn can lead to earlier mortality from physical illnesses. Proper treatment can definitely prolong life. ...Read more
Unrealistic guilt: Thought processes can become distorted with depression. A person may view themselves & their actions negatively & unrealistically. They may feel responsible when bad things happen that don't even fall under their purview. They may be quick to blame themselves & even minor transgressions can become a major focus for them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do people who suffer clinical depression throughout their lives die younger than the average person does?
Why do some people automatically feel intimidated or fear other people who are taller and stronger looking than them? How can people overcome this?
CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Short answer: Yes. But another question for your medical or OB gyn doctor is how soon. ...Read more
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