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Do I actually have depression or am I naturally a down and negative person?

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Last Updated: 02/14/2017 at 6:31pm
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July 20th, 2015 11:02am
Depression is a clinical disorder characterized by the inability to function optimally even given optimal conditions. People stop enjoying things they used to enjoy, they start feeling like their emotions other than loneliness or sadness is muted, and their will to live or sense of self-preservation may be compromised. This may not be the case in a person who is merely pessimistic or subdued.
April 16th, 2015 4:40am
your personality is shaped by the people around you and a few genes, so if it's either one all you need to do if change it up. Let loose everyonce in a while and go find hobbies that make you feel accomplished. Create new experiences that you can look back on and laugh.
July 20th, 2015 4:16am
You have depression, no one is meant to be down and negative their whole life. The good thing about depression is you can get better. It is just chemical imbalances and it can be cure. So hang in there
April 11th, 2015 5:02pm
I think, no one is naturally a down and negative person. You may just be dealing with depression.
September 8th, 2015 5:32am
The most reliable way to determine if you have depression is to see a liscenced professional, but if you want, you can take the website's "Depression Test" to get a general idea.
November 16th, 2015 6:22am
Depression is characterized by the consistent feeling of sadness and a state of emotional emptiness.. Because the diagnosis is so in depth, only a qualified practitioner can diagnose you depressed. Feelings of sadness and negativity are common even in people who are not depressed
December 28th, 2015 12:49pm
I mean to be in the past, but I figured out that I overcame all of that pretty well. I believe my experiente can be helpful in this case.
February 23rd, 2016 3:17pm
People were not put on this earth to be down, depressed, or have anxiety. We were put here to live our lives to how we see best. We are in control of what we do in our life. Sometimes we make the wrong decision and it sets us back. But when we figure out that is not for us, we also have the power to change it for the better. Sometimes, there are more complicated things in our minds that might need to be attended to by a doctor or counselor. Its okay to seek out help regardless of the issue.
May 9th, 2016 12:32pm
It just depends on you, some people have depression and some are just naturally down and negative, others have a different case,
October 17th, 2016 8:54am
I think that you should discuss with a doctor before you should characterize yourself as that because depression will make you see yourself in a negative light.
February 14th, 2017 6:31pm
No one is naturally down. Maybe there is something that s bothering you and making you feel down. Have you tried talking to someone about it? It helps a lot