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Thank you sdo much for making this thread, HopefullyLost1211! And thank you everyone for sharing your stories. I hope they will help someone here at PC. I don't know if I have depression or not, but often I just feel numb and discouraged. Like there's no point in doing anything... and in the end, that's what I end up doing: nothing. I'm so sorry for all of those who are struggling. Sending many hugs to everyone
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Thank you sdo much for making this thread, HopefullyLost1211! And thank you everyone for sharing your stories. I hope they will help someone here at PC. I don't know if I have depression or not, but often I just feel numb and discouraged. Like there's no point in doing anything... and in the end, that's what I end up doing: nothing. I'm so sorry for all of those who are struggling. Sending many hugs to everyone
Thank you for the thoughtful post MickeyCheeky. It sounds like you may be experiencing some depression. It has often led me to feel numb...a psychologist said the numbness is a sign that my mind is so overwhelmed by intense emotions...so the mind numbs out temporarily almost like a coping response.

Apathy and feeling like "there's no point in doing anything" also sounds like depression...either anhedonia or a sense of despair. However, I am not a doctor. And you know I wouldn't try to diagnose. I recommend a consultation with a psychologist if you are open to it. I typically avoid offering strategies on this particular thread so it's remains a place to share the feelings...but since you aren't sure what you're dealing with I felt a duty of care to recommend a consultation.

I am so sorry you feel this way Mickey, that's very challenging. I wish you peace and joy. Please be patient and kind with your Self.
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I think the simplest way I can put it is just that it feels BAD. REALLY BAD. And thereís not much hope itíll ever get better. 😢
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It feels like you are walking around with a school backpack overloaded and overflowing with heavy physics and chemistry books.
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Third of the time I feel closer to myself than anyone or anything else.
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My depression feels like I am just in a parallel state, next to "normal".
Because the underlying feeling of "something is not ok" "you are not ok" is there.
I don't feel dead or numb when I am depressed. I have a ton of emotions, mostly sadness and often despair that I won't be ok again.


I find it harder to relate to every day life because it is so much effort. I feel a bit distanced from it all and that's why I want to hide out. The discrepancy of how I am when I am fine (outgoing, sociable, interested in things and conversations) and how I am when I am depressed is so noticeable and I don't want to notice it.


When I am depressed, I am also so jealous of other people because I think they're doing ok and are "normal" and can eat and sleep and think about other stuff than just "when and how will I be ok".


I also feel a lot of nervousness in my body, lots of anxiety and impatience and lots of dread. Everything feels like a challenge and an exam I have to conquer.
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Did any Harry Potter fans feel reminded of depression when they encountered the Dementors?
Yes! That was my first thought. I read somewhere that at the time, the author herself was feeling it because she was struggling, financially and otherwise. I don't think she's struggling financially anymore, though that's no cure for true depression.

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Does anyone remember what one of the teachers recommended that Harry take for comfort after a Dementor attack?
It's been years and I don't recall, but I'd take whatever was recommended...
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Depression is a thick and heavy fog weighing me down, itís hard to sleep, the next day Iím tired and have trouble concentrating. Iím sinking in quick sand and try to grab on to something to pull myself up, no the branch is weakening, itís starting to snap. Itís Saturday I can nap, sleep in maybe, watch a funny movie, clean up some clutter in my house, and the heavy, dense fog starts to slowly fade away. Then Iím smiling, and wait itís Sunday evening, letís this be the week Iím able to get enough sleep, focus at work, and make plans to socialize on the weekend.
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Yes! That was my first thought. I read somewhere that at the time, the author herself was feeling it because she was struggling, financially and otherwise. I don't think she's struggling financially anymore, though that's no cure for true depression.



It's been years and I don't recall, but I'd take whatever was recommended...
Harry was advised to have some chocolate after a Dementor attack Which is interesting since some studies suggest that dark chocolate with a high cocoa % may trigger a small boost in serotonin
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Depression, for me, is like a massive stone placed on my chest, weighing me down literally and figuratively. And then another one is placed. And another one. And another one. Until the weight becomes constricting, squeezing the life out of me as more and more stones are put on without end.
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