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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I'm 15 and I'm not really sure if I'm actually depressed or it's just a foul mood for a while. I know at back of my head that there's really nothing for me to feel depressed about but recently when I started to look back on the last few years of my life, I can't stop my self from feeling worthless. Ever since this incidence where I completely embarassed myself 5 years ago, I've had a really low self-confidence and became very shy. That always make me mad because before that I used to be outgoing and very confident. When I had trouble socializing with new friends after that I just made myself an excuse: I haven't been here as long as I have with the other place. It's the beginning so it's always awkward. It'll get better soon. But I've never really made much progress until this year. I'm much more confident than I used to be before and I go out and talk with friends more. However last week I just realized that it has been 5 years since I've became very shy and in fact that is the same time as I stayed at the previous town. I compared the two experiences and they so opposite of each other I can't come up with a comparison. I just wish I could be that confident person again and not this worthless pathetic version of myself. The biggest question i want to ask right now is for my best and it's why she's friends with me. She's outgoing, nice, and gets along with everybody and I'm not worth her friendship. I feel like such a horrible friend. I'm not in such a bad mood that people notices, I still can have a good time with my firends. It's just that when I'm alone, it's eating me up completely. Am I depressed? Should I talk to somebody?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read
Doctor :   you are not depressed completely
Doctor :   but in a state where you lack self confidence
Doctor :   it can lead to depression
User :   ok, it's just that the last few months I've felt I've made such progress with self confidence
User :   and now I feel even worst than before
Doctor :   the best option is to forget the past bitter experiences
Doctor :   and try to seek pleasure in the future activities
Doctor :   keep yourself busy with some or the other activites so that its hard for you to get some free time
Doctor :   let the activity be sports, family and friends, studies like wise
User :   thank you for the advise
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