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Posted on: 05/25/2005
How do you know if you're suffering from depression without seeing a doctor or therapist? My diet has been out of wack, I'm always tired or irritated, and I sometimes get sad for no reason. In addition, I prefer to be alone. I haven't started my period yet, so is this normal before starting your period?
If you routinely get very sad, are always tired and irritated, have a poor appetite or overeating, and isolate yourself from others, these behaviors could be symptoms of depression. It is difficult to know from what you are stating whether your symptoms are really clinical depression or the normal ups an downs of adolescence. Since you are at the age of going through puberty you might have symptoms that are related to your physical changes which can make you lethargic, irritable and moody. The best thing would be to talk to someone who could help you sort this out like your family doctor or a school counselor. If your symptoms continue and do not get any better, you should definitely talk to your doctor and get an evaluation.