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This is a discussion on Symptoms within the Depression forums, part of the Depression Forums category; I've been "depressed" for approaching four years now, and I've been thinking a lot about my condition. Recently, I dredged ...

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Old 12-27-06, 10:33 PM   #1
 
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I've been "depressed" for approaching four years now, and I've been thinking a lot about my condition. Recently, I dredged up memories of a piece of literature I had read a while back. In this piece of literature, it was stated that during the teenage years, one experiences extreme emotions and mood swings and things of the like, leading me to believe I may not be depressed, just going through the stages of maturity. The aforementioned literature was rather unclear about how long these emotions last or what causes them, it simply said teenagers tend to be a bit more "emotional" than the rest of humanity. So, I'm asking you, the members of TakeThisLife, if the symptoms I have listed below are simply teenage angst, or a serious mental health issue. Also, if anybody else has suffered different symptoms, please list them as well. Thank you.

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P.T.'s Symptoms:

~Lack of motivation/lethargy
~Sudden sharp (rather, contrasting) mood swings (e.g. one moment I am sad, the next I am excited, the next I am nervous, then gleeful, then angry, so and and so forth)
~A constant urge or yearning for self-harm
~Persistant (daily) severe stomach pains
~Persistant (daily) severe headaches
~Persistant (once again, daily) neck and back pains
~Constant (yes, daily) suicidal thoughts
~Extreme emotional sensitivity (e.g. if my bed is too cold I will start crying, if my leg falls asleep I feel the urge to kill myself, if I lose a game of table tennis I flog myself with the ping-pong paddle)
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yeah...i've heard that depression exhibits physical symptoms as well as emotional...and that adolescents have a higher rate of depression, so i think it was the stress of growing up along with the depression
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Being a teen, going through phisical changes, hormonal changes, social changes are very stressful and can lead to depression. While a teen may not be clinically depressed, feelings are feelings, and labeling them depressed or "teen" feelings, I think isn't really the point. The cause and the effect is what you have to look at.

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.T.'s Symptoms:

~Lack of motivation/lethargy
~Sudden sharp (rather, contrasting) mood swings (e.g. one moment I am sad, the next I am excited, the next I am nervous, then gleeful, then angry, so and and so forth)
~A constant urge or yearning for self-harm
~Persistant (daily) severe stomach pains
~Persistant (daily) severe headaches
~Persistant (once again, daily) neck and back pains
~Constant (yes, daily) suicidal thoughts
~Extreme emotional sensitivity (e.g. if my bed is too cold I will start crying, if my leg falls asleep I feel the urge to kill myself, if I lose a game of table tennis I flog myself with the ping-pong paddle)
I have to say that these symptoms sound pretty serious to me. Mood swings are very common with teens, but when I read the list, this sounds like there is alot going on. The suicidal thoughts and the self harm I think are not average behaviours of a moody teen. Phisical pain accompanies depression but I see no reason why you would have all these other persistent pains simply from being a teen. I think it's more. In any case, pain is pain, and is an indication that something is wrong.
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Old 12-28-06, 12:39 AM   #4
 
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Hi
Are you seeing anyone professional.
I know a bit about all this and this is not just a bit depressed. There are several things it could be. This is not just teen angst.

Is there someone professional you can talk with?

Many of these are not just depression feelings and the mood swings do not fit

Please let us know if we can help
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The only professional I know is our school's child psychologist. Hell, I suppose I could give that a shot. Thank you all.
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Yes, I think you are safer to get these "symptoms" diagnosed for sure. A lot of times it is far worse than typical teen angst. Getting answers is the best way to know. Good luck - and let us know what you find out.
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It's good to hear that you're going to try to talk to your school's psychologist. I hope that s/he can help you & keep us all posted!
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hi im cass :D
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hi cass!
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