Hi. I'm a sixteen year old male and I don't know if i'm depressed or not. I think I show some symptoms but I get the feeling it might be something else so I decided to ask someone here.
I think I have a huge lack of energy. I can get ten hours of sleep at night but look and feel like i'm operating on four. Also, I move really slowly. I move slow, talk slow, think and act slow, everything. I have trouble concentrating and paying attention, people have to tell me things about three times before I finally understand and recieve them. I feel like one of the engines in my brain burned out or something.
I can't think logically or multi-task. No sense of direction either. I also can't follow directions, when someone gives me directions to follow I get confused and start feeling lost. Everything confuses me now, I don't really think I understand anything anymore. My memory is terrible too. I can't remember half my friends' names, and i've known most of them since at least sixth grade.
This is a big concern of mine, because I feel like it really impairs my future. I've tried to get a few jobs since I started developing this problem (around 7th grade), but I haven't been able to hold any of them because i'm just unable to help out or do anything. I always mess things up and do the wrong things because I can't think right. This thing makes me feel isolated too, like i'm a million miles away from all my peers. I've got a few friends, but they're nothing like me. They all have so much energy, even the saddest and slowest friends I have are light years ahead of me. When we're walking together my friends have to stop constantly so I can catch up.
Are there other people like this out there? I'm not the only one, am i? Am I depressed or do I have some kind of brain disease? Please help me.
I forgot to say this, I haven't always been like this. I used to be just fine before around seventh grade. I was good or decent at all the stuff I listed above, but then it all changed and I don't have any idea why. Thought that might help.
Alot of ups and downs go with being a teen. First thing to do is talk to yours parents and get a checkup with your doc. You have some signs of depression also could be alot of other things good luck to you. Let us know how you are doing. Pamka
do you have many negative thoughts or low self esteem at all?
I agree that you should seek medical advice - the doctor will probably get you to have some blood tests taken to check for conditions as anaemia, diabeties etc. Also you should ensure that you are eating correctly - you might want to take vitamin and mineral supplements, as they may help prevent deficency disorders and depression.
Hope you find the cause to you problem and hope that you start to feeling better soon. Take care.
I'm no expert, but I have learned a lot of things about the physical causes of depression. Basically there are three main regions of the brain, front, middle, and back. The front brain controls the logical side of us, and the back controls the emotion. The middle brain is in charge of sending signals between the front and the back. When we get depressed, the middle part of the brain doesn't send as many signals, which slows down our reactions, and make us lethargic. It also make it hard to consentrate and impairs our short term memory a bit. I too have been having problems consentrating.
But the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone! Whenever I think that my case of depression/anxiety is unique and uncurable, it makes me feel a lot worse. But the truth is, its actually a fairly common thing. Chances are this is not some long term thing. As for the depression, it goes away, you couldn't feel that way forever if you tried.
I think you should consult a therapist or your doctor just to be safe, so you can start the road to recovery.