QUESTION:

Dr. Heller,

HI, I JUST WANTED TO ASK IF THERE IS A WAY TO FIND OUT IF MY FEELING SAD FOR NO REASON IS A BIOLOGICAL THING.  I HEARD I HAD A GREAT GRANDFATHER KILL HIMSELF AT 93 AND ALMOST EVERY GIRL IN MY FAMILY HAS BEEN DEPRESSED OR UNHAPPY AT SOME POINT.  I ALWAYS THINK I AM DYING.  I AM ONLY 25 AND WAS DEPRESSED AT 19 FOR 1 FULL YEAR.  I HELPED MY SELF WITH STRENGTH AND HELP FROM MY FAMILY – HUSBAND, PARENTS AND SIBLINGS.  I AM PREGNANT WITH MY THIRD BABY AND ALWAYS FEEL SAD ON CLOUDY DAYS FOR ANY REASON.  ALL I THINK ABOUT IS HOW AFRAID I AM TO DIE.  WHAT CAN I DO?

UNHAPPY IN NY

ANSWER:

You shouldn’t be feeling this bad.  It’s neither normal nor healthy.  The screening test I use for my patients will be of help to you in finding the diagnoses.  I encourage you to spend time on the Website, and my books may be of great help to you as well.  Please understand that you absolutely, positively don’t have to feel this way.

 

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