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21 Apr 2006

Depression or just miserable?
I am always sad and I want to cry a lot - for anything. I am 43 but I think my life is over. I hark back to childhood issues and I believe that I am not lovable. I keep to myself as much as possible and do not want to be seen in public (and I hold a very high profile job!) I am constantly telling myself what a useless individual I am. I have no friends. I am single. I rely on my younger sister to do everything for me as I am too terrified to have any kind of relationship with other people. I do not feel excited or passionate about anything (as I used to) and I feel miserable every day. I don't know what it is like to feel excited about the day. I used to sleep a lot during the day but now I curb that because then I can't sleep at night. My life is pathetic. I am even too scared to ask my GP if I am depressed or not because I think that I must just snap out of it. What do you suggest? I have no clue where to go for help - and if I will actually get the help I need.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

This certainly sounds like a significant Depression, and one which ought to respond really well to proper treatment. And though antidepressant medication would be useful, it sounds as though you also really deserve some CBT ( COgnitive-Behaviour Therapy ) style counselling, to deal with these negative self-perceptions and unreasonably gloomy assumptions about your life. You're not like to just spontaneously "snap out of it" while you cling to so many negative views of yourself and your life, but you can easily learn to change those.
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