Is This Depression?Sun, Dec 31st 2000
I was diagnosed with depression about 3 months ago, but lately, things have been changing. I've become very angry all the time, wanting to lash out at others for talking to me. I slit my wrists almost every day to stop the pain that I feel inside all the time. I'm starting to hear voices inside of my head-they even have names. The voices tell me how stupid I am and how ugly I am. It seems that everyone is drifting away from me and doesn't want to be near me. I can't understand any of this and I am beginning to think I was misdiagnosed or something like that. The more I research it, the less it seems to be just depression, because I'm not always depressed, but sometimes just mixed up, like I can't tell which way to go or what to do. I am afraid to tell my my mom about all this because I want to push all of it behind me. I can't stop hurting myself or hearing the voices, though. The more I think about it, the more I realize I've been like this for a while, but it never was the prominent or scary. Even as I write this, I want to just slit my wrists and sit still and do nothing, staring at the blood drip down. I do this almost every day, and I can't stop the voices or the slitting. What is wrong with me? Should I tell my doctor or what?
THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION WILL NOT BE DISPLAYED UNTIL YOU HAVE INDICATED YOUR AGREEMENT WITH THE DISCLAIMER PRINTED JUST BELOW. CLICK THE 'I AGREE' BUTTON TO AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND SEE THE RESPONSE.
- Dr. Dombeck responds to questions about psychotherapy and mental health problems, from the perspective of his training in clinical psychology.
- Dr. Dombeck intends his responses to provide general educational information to the readership of this website; answers should not be understood to be specific advice intended for any particular individual(s).
- Questions submitted to this column are not guaranteed to receive responses.
- No correspondence takes place.
- No ongoing relationship of any sort (including but not limited to any form of professional relationship) is implied or offered by Dr. Dombeck to people submitting questions.
- Dr. Dombeck, Mental Help Net and CenterSite, LLC make no warranties, express or implied, about the information presented in this column. Dr. Dombeck and Mental Help Net disclaim any and all merchantability or warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or liability in connection with the use or misuse of this service.
- Always consult with your psychotherapist, physician, or psychiatrist first before changing any aspect of your treatment regimen. Do not stop your medication or change the dose of your medication without first consulting with your physician.