Sorry if this question has already been asked before, but I didn't see it anywhere...
I think that I may be depressed...but most of the descriptions I have seen of depression describe gloomy feelings lasting two weeks or more. My problem is mood swings. Bad ones. But that last between half a day and two days, usually. And besides when I'm PMSing (which I can identify really easily) I'm really not the sort to go randomly off the deep end. This has been happening badly for at least the past semester, and to a lesser degree fora bout the past year...I'd say that it was just because this is my first semester of college, but I haven't gotten gloomy when I've been stressed - almost the opposite, in fact. And life here is really wonderful when I step back and look at it. Sometimes I'm upset over specific things, and that's fine, but yesterday, for example, I was irrationally gloomy over no discernable subject, and that gloom kept until Latin class, which cheered me up...also for really no classifiable reason. Anyway, does anyone know if there could be some sort of medical reason for my emotions suddently resembling a sine wave? I think I'm going to talk to one of the college counselors eventually, but due to my schedule this week, it's not likely to be for a little while.
Only if you count adolescence and young adulthood as a medical reason
I just finished my first semester of college too, and boy was it stressful! I went through a whole bunch of ups and downs, was moody, teary, and really hard to deal w/ sometimes. This can happen whenever there's a change in your life ... Or even when there isn't a change in your life. It's completely normal for people go through ups and downs.
The general rule of thumb for symptoms of depression to last 2 weeks or more. These can include, a change in appetite, change in sleep patterns, and feeling 'depressed'.
If this is something that is really bothering you tho, there is no reason why you couldn't go see your doctor about it. S/he can check you for depression much better than we can.
Another thing to keep in mind ... Its important to have coping stratagies. What do you do when you're 'moody'? I find curling up w/ a good book and a blankie works for me, but that took a bit experimenting to find out. Do what works best for you. A time out in general is usually needed to get your thoughts in check, and really figure out what it is that's making you so upset.
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