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Dysthymia - I have most of if not all of the symptoms.

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I've been looking up dysthymia and i think that sounds like the type of mental illness i have. I have most of if not all of the symptoms.
I don't have anyone to talk to because i've completely isolated myself. I'm so frustrated with myself because i can't seem to be normal like many others my age, mainly because i don't have a close group of friends to relate to. I can't remember the last time i was happy.
I probably am just prone to depression as i have a close family member with a series of mental illnesses who is on strong medications.
I am currently repeating my exams to go to college, last year i did my end of school exams and got my last choice, i didn't perform very well. The thing is, is that when i first went to secondary school i mainly got A's and i had a really great capacity for studying but the lonliness in secondary school was crippling and the depressed state i was in never lifted. It simply never got better. Why can't i open up and stop feeling inadequate?

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replied June 12th, 2014
Depression Answer A47799
Thank you for asking!
You have alot on your plate,Teen age with schooling burden does that to human personality.As you mentioned family history so i suggest get evaluated for psych profile. DOnt self diagnose. Dysthymic disorder is a depressive mood disorder characterized by a chronic course and an insidious onset. Many people with dysthymia describe lifelong depression.By definition, this condition has a duration of at least 2 years in adults and 1 year in adolescents and children. It is manifested as a depressed mood, or irritable mood in children, for most of the day, occurring more days than not, and is accompanied by at least 2 of the following symptoms (see Presentation):

Poor appetite or overeating
Insomnia or hypersomnia
Low energy or fatigue
Low self-esteem
Poor concentration and/or difficulty making decisions
Feelings of hopelessness
i suggest you seek a psychiatrist to help you in this regard.
Visit our anxiety and depression centre meanwhile for further guidance ssion ty
Take care

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