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Lethargic, and have apathy for almost everything. It's affecting work/school performance. Advice?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 23, 2015
  • 01:03 PM

For the past few months, I've lost the motivation to do things important to me and engage in formerly pleasurable activities. I still do them - but mostly to maintain others' expectations. However, I've seen sharp decline in my work quality and performance. I'll have fun for a moment (briefly, with friends), but when alone in thoughts, I go back to feeling dull, empty, and lethargic. I try to lift my own mood but can't. I am also combating feelings of excessive guilt and worthlessness. I keep my head in control, but I feel I haven't putting my all into things like I used to. I used to enjoy hard work, but now cannot find the motivation. Playing the piano, rather than an enjoyable expressive art, is just another skill I know. I don't know if I have a serious enough problem to seek a diagnosis, (which is why I hesitate to tell others) but it's gotten to the point where it is affecting my everyday work/school performance. With this in mind, I've been researching anhedonia, dysthymia, and depressive mood disorders. I've checked and it seems that the collection of my symptoms indicate mild to moderate depression. (In addition, I do not have suicidal tendencies.) Advice?

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