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  1. Especially for this site, I've compiled everything I've written about depression, from a theoretical description to what you can do: https://vk.com/youarehereforlife?w=wall-92969131_4262. You can try to compare your internal state with how it usually proceeds in others. Of course, it certainly doesn't look like a major depression, but maybe something made him think so (let's just hope that the psychiatrist was at least somewhat competent).

    But what you have described may well occur during a normal, slow-moving depression. What is important is not what we can do, but what we lose, what underlying state appears. I was depressed for six months. And my libido was also fine, I was still able to finish one stage of gestalt therapy (a direction in psychology) and learn to be a plumber (I wanted to do something with my hands). I talked, laughed, and met guests (I lived in Moscow). However, something was happening inside and I still couldn't figure out what it was. It felt like I was doing everything the same as before, but everything seemed empty, like I was dying or losing body weight, losing contact with people. On the outside, no one would ever say that I was depressed, but on the inside, I didn't experience it (treating and being in it are not the same thing), and I didn't understand how easily and naturally depression can be felt. In general, try to read it, suddenly you will come to some conclusions. Well, or a psychiatrist, as it often happens, a dick with a diploma.

    UPD: I completely forgot to add what you described and what happens in people diagnosed with “anxious depression”. They can also do this (not always, but it happens), but they can experience anxiety and heaviness (apathy, feelings of powerlessness, helplessness) from time to time or always. That is, in fact, it is the internal component that is important, and not what you can do.

  2. Decide for yourself – Do you need a proper diagnosis or a change in your life? Then go ahead. If you do not feel as usual , this does not mean that you are ill. It is not necessary to look at any changes in perception, which are not always pleasant, as a disease.

  3. When I'm depressed, I also laugh, go for walks, and generally look quite cheerful, and my libido is off the scale. It just doesn't change the feeling that life is a beautiful and amazing shit, and inside of me is a black abyss that itches “open your veins. open your veins, bitch.”

    I start to swallow antidepressants – it lets me in.

    Psychiatrists are wrong, of course. But all of the above are external manifestations. How do you feel inside?

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