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Is this depression or am I being over dramatic?

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Last Updated: 06/15/2020 at 7:42pm
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May 18th, 2015 1:15am
All of your feelings are valid, no matter where they come from. It may not be something most people see as an issue "worthy" of depression, but anything that's happening that is causing you to have negative feelings to the point of depression is completely valid. Anyone who disagrees isn't able to put themselves in your shoes, and they're not empathetic. It's okay to be with those people, but don't take anything they say too seriously. Everything you feel is completely understandable and real, and you should never feel guilty or looked down on for your emotions, no matter what the cause.
March 3rd, 2015 11:55am
I cannot answer this with a yes or no answer. However, one of the symptoms of depression can be self-criticism. Perhaps that is why you think you are being over dramatic. Only a qualified health care professional can give you a real answer. But if you feel down, please do not try to talk yourself out of getting help because it might be seen as over dramatic. It could be that you can feel much better once you have faced what you are going through.
June 13th, 2016 8:51am
No, you aren't being over dramatic. This is something that is clearly effecting your life and we can talk about it.
March 5th, 2015 1:51pm
It's impossible to diagnose depression with any degree of certainty without any information. However, if you have to ask that question, it seems that you are genuinely suffering. If you look at the diagnosis for Depression, and feel that you are experiencing a number of symptoms, consider seeing a mental health professional in an effort to reach a diagnosis, as well as to help you mitigate these symptoms as you seek treatment.
May 30th, 2016 2:01am
Depression is an issue, and it should never be attributed to being "overdramatic". Depression can interrupt a person's day to day life and is an issue that should never be taken lightly.
June 17th, 2015 7:03pm
The only way to find out is to go to a Doctor. Depression is a mental illness and you'll know if you have it, you are you and only you know you. If you have all the symptoms then yes you may have it, but go to your GP and find out.
June 4th, 2015 2:10pm
Typical signs of depression: feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, loss of interest in daily activities and things you used to enjoy, change in weight and/or appetite, change in sleep pattern, anger and irritability, loss of energy and self-hatred/loathing.
August 24th, 2015 12:54am
Depression is feelings of severe despondency and dejection. But it doesn't matter if you're being over dramatic or if you actually have depression. If you're sad feel free to talk to me or anybody else on this website.
July 23rd, 2015 11:46pm
I cannot fully answer this question for you since I don't know what kind of symptoms you go through - it's important that you talk to someone, maybe a counsellor to seek more information about your feelings and if you have been feeling like this perhaps they'll diagnose you with depression.
November 16th, 2015 5:22am
First of all, asking questions is never over dramatic. If you are sad since two days because your dog died or you broke up with your boyfriend, I don't think you have depressions but there is nothing wrong with wanting to talk to someone. But if feel generally down for a longer time you should talk to someone you trust and get yourself help.
June 20th, 2016 2:09pm
It honestly depends on the situation you are I and the emotional environment around you. Sometimes it can be depression, sometimes it can be you being over dramatic. People are strange things, but we do come in handy.
November 1st, 2016 1:50pm
Only a doctor can properly diagnose you, but if you are feeling like depression may be an option. I do suggest seeing a doctor. It is okay to have feelings, and however strong they are, they are valid. Depression is based on how you feel, so you may be depressed, or it may be something more short-term, or it could be another mental illness. You should see a doctor to get a better answer.
December 19th, 2016 12:21am
When you are feeling down or depressed, it's important to focus on yourself and how those feelings are making you feel. If you feel as though they are hindering your way of living then they are. Talking with someone you trust or a professional can really help figure out why you are feeling the way you do and allow you to start taking the steps to feel better. You already have taken the first step by acknowledging that you are feeling differently than you usually do
February 6th, 2018 8:04pm
Is what depression? What is your definition of "overly dramatic"? Does either answer make your experiences invalid? Is it not possible to be depressed and "overly dramatic" simultaneously? However you're feeling, that is how you feel, and that is real for you and therefore important. It is common for depression to downplay how we feel, and even beat ourselves up for it, but your experiences are real for you, and you matter as much as anyone. Good luck figuring things out and don't forget that there are often more options than we can see. You can do this!
April 8th, 2015 7:02pm
Your emotions are real. Over-dramatic is as over-dramatic does. Take a physical note of 1) your situation 2) your thoughts and 3) your reaction to those thoughts and 4) the result of that reaction. By looking at what you write, you can better gauge and engage with your situation.
July 26th, 2016 1:00am
Your question makes it seem that either your depression could lead you to what you perceive to be over dramatic or there is an element of your character that sees although you are depressed ; you are being dramatic. You should brainstorm what it means to be over dramatic and what you believe to be depressed. If you find a few over laps- you are being both depressed and dramatic. If/ where you find overlaps, deal with these points as they are where your trigger lies.
May 8th, 2017 6:49pm
Clinical depression is different than what most people consider sadness. To find out whether you have actual clinical depression, you should definitely seek the opinion of a medical professional. No one without a degree in said field can tell you otherwise.
June 25th, 2018 2:49am
If you're having a hard time with something, you should speak to a doctor, therapist, family member... speak to someone! You are not alone. Try not to put yourself down. We all go through things in life. We just have to pick ourselves back up, dust ourselves off and keep going.
June 15th, 2020 7:42pm
You'll know if you are depressed when you feel low and sad for a very long period like weeks or even months. Depression usually affects your daily routine and often results in decreased appetite, less importance to personal hygiene, inefficiency at work and lack of creativity. Depression can be LOUD and might lead to your closed ones noticing a change in your behavior and lifestyle. Accents cn change too! If you are feeling low temporarily and probably are able to put up with it without getting your daily life affected, then you might be in place not as worse as depression