Psychiatry & Psychology--General/Depression?

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Hi, I'm 17 and in the past few months I've changed from the optimistic person I've always Been to someone who rarely finds reasons to be happy. sometimes I'm so depressed that I want to commit suicide but on other days it's like nothings wrong. Not that I'm happy, but more like indifferent rather than depressed. what's happening? Thank you for your time!

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Well, I think that what's happening is that you're 17.  That can be a tough age for many people, but I promise you that it's a totally "self-limiting" condition.

Still, even though you won't stay 17 forever, there's no reason you should have to go through mood changes and self-threatening thoughts, and I can't from here take away the punctuation you put in the Subject box.  

So why don't you discuss it with a qualified professional, who can either suggest ways of more effectively dealing with these moods, if that's all it is, or if it's true clinical depression, have you try some anti-depressant medication to restore proper brain chemistry.  Or suggest regular discussion meetings -- or a combination of the above.

You could see a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist, preferably after discussing it with your parents and a school counsellor if there is one -- in the hope that they will open some doors for you.

In the meantime, thanks for asking us, and if you have a follow-up question, please feel free.

Alan

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Taught psychology for 30 years, authored four textbooks. Specialize in introductory and industrial/organizational psychology, but will tackle wider range of areas.

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