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I don't want to come to the conclusion that I am depressed or something similar without being sure. I mean, that's a very stupid thing to do.

I've been so melancholic lately (and on and off for the past 3 - 4 years) but I haven't really thought of it as depression.

So, would anyone know if something over the internet would help me know if I going through any such thing or if it is just a phase? I don't want to go to the shrink just right now without knowing for sure.

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*Have you lost interest in the things that you used to love doing?
*Do you find yourself thinking that life is pointless?
*Do you feel sad about past occurrences to the point where you can't shake off the feeling?

Then you might be depressed .... You may also just be in a slump. And don't be fooled. Those can last for a long time.
I don't really know any tests online that you can take... but I'd say going to a shrink - even once - is worth it. You may walk away with a lighter pocket, but at least you'll know for sure. I mean, that's the point of going. Online tests are kinda ... "eh", anyway. It's hard to find a really good one.
 
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*Have you lost interest in the things that you used to love doing?
*Do you find yourself thinking that life is pointless?
*Do you feel sad about past occurrences to the point where you can't shake off the feeling?
Yes, except I still love the internet. I don't know if it something I love doing since it is just surfing the internet? I think I am growing sick of it though.

Not completely pointless but I don't want to make an effort anymore. I am sick of being in an argument everyday with people around me. And I hate complaining/moping about it to people so I just keep it to myself. I did open up to a friend last night though.

Not much, no. But I think about it often and it's not a good feeling. But I can ignore it after a while.
Then you might be depressed .... You may also just be in a slump. And don't be fooled. Those can last for a long time.
I don't really know any tests online that you can take... but I'd say going to a shrink - even once - is worth it. You may walk away with a lighter pocket, but at least you'll know for sure. I mean, that's the point of going. Online tests are kinda ... "eh", anyway. It's hard to find a really good one.
Eh, yeah I guess I could visit sometime. I haven't ever been to a shrink for something as personal as this. It has always been academic related.

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I'm just glad that helped ... if it did. Really though, if you're not clinically depressed, you sound like you might be on the borderline. It's better to play it safe -- that's not something you want to get stuck with. It almost literally becomes your shadow.
 

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Yeah, I realized so. The thing is I can be happy, and all that. I am cheerful person but all this is at the back of my mind. I don't know how it works, depression.
 

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The OP sounds similar to me are you a young adult? My mother thought I might be depressed so I did exstinsive research both independently and with a behavioral therapist. I've found my feelings are very baseline; I don't get too low or too high. I think you should do some research and use all of your resources accordingly.
 

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I highly recommend that you see a doctor if you suspect depression, preferably a specialist. View them as consultants rather than anything else. If you absolutely don't want to see one, there are rating scales you can complete online, ex. MADRS. (Used in Swedish psychiatric-institutions to rate depression.)
 

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I say you should go to a therapist. Don't try to self diagnosis for there is the possibility that you may be wrong.

Seek a professional to assist you before you spiral down into full blown depression...let me tell you, early treatment is the key.
 

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I also have been in this state (not sure for how long time though)
Usually I feel apathetic and lethargic, longing for past or for future.
Excitement helps to avoid this state. Intensive work (mental or physic) also might help. I would recommend playing team-sports. The hardest thing is to overcome yourself, your unwillingness.

*I might be wrong and may have misunderstood you
**I hope you work out of this state :)
 

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I don't want to come to the conclusion that I am depressed or something similar without being sure. I mean, that's a very stupid thing to do.

I've been so melancholic lately (and on and off for the past 3 - 4 years) but I haven't really thought of it as depression.

So, would anyone know if something over the internet would help me know if I going through any such thing or if it is just a phase? I don't want to go to the shrink just right now without knowing for sure.

Thanks.
Ishan, I gave your post some thought and I believe I have a probable solution for you:



For extended flowchart, click here:
 

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Yeah, I think I'll visit the shrink once I am done with my papers. Your posts made me think. It's probably just a phase but I'd better be safe than sorry.
 
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