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Replying to Topic: is this just life or is something wrong with me
Created On 9/11/13 5:19 PM by Cutiestarr


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Cutiestarr
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9/11/13 5:19 PM
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How do I know the difference between what is normal and "mental illness" (ie not functioning normally)?

I am very stressed out in general and have a lot of difficulty with motivation. I do not fit the criteria for any diagnosis, I just feel stressed and, at times, depressed and anxious.
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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In general, it could be determined by how impaired your functioning is. Functioning could be measured by your abilitiy to attend to life skills such as getting out of bed, eating, sleeping, hygiene. Functioning could also be assessed by coherence of thought and speech. Could you be more specific?
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I work approximately 60 hrs per week and receive good feedback from my job. I have a couple very close friends. I keep a normal, well-kept appearance and try my best to eat healthy although it is not always the case. I can't assess my speech and thought process myself, of course.

So this is me on the outside - very put together. But me on the inside is anxious constantly. I have not been able to sleep at night - with or without stress in my life.



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Why not?
 
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Cutiestarr
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Sorry - what was your question referring to? Why I cannot sleep? Don't know. I have tried lots of drugs, like Ambien.

I had my second child recently which causes stress as well

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Best of luck!


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Wow, you just had a baby, you have an older child, you work 60 hours a week. No wonder you're stressed out! Is there any way to cut down on your workload?
 
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Do you feel your symptoms are situational, or did you feel this way before you were working 60 hours/week and had another baby?
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