Ongoing low mood - should I seek help ?

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For the past four or so months I've been struggling with a persitent low mood. This is worst when I am alone, and can be fended off in some ways when I'm speaking with people or doing something - essentially distracting myself. Things have intensified over the past couple of months, when distraction has not even been helping. I'm hit with this wave of hopelessness during an entirely normal situation, even when I should be enjoying myself. I've also found myself to be tearful on a daily basis, something I have never been previously. 

I understand self medicating online is not the most solid evidence and so have tried to take any research with a pinch of salt but anytime I've enquired about how I've been feeling the results are often depression/anxiety. Except I am still functioning which is not what I understand depression to be. I can get out of bed, I can make get on with things. I've been actively putting myself out there to try and distract myself from how I'm feeling but it's still there at the back of my mind and is only getting worse. 

Is this justifiable to go to a doctor for? I don't want to feel like I am wasting their time. 

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    Hi,

    It's good to hear that you are still motivating yourself to get up and function on a daily basis. What I would say is that the feelings of hopelessness, the tearfulness (not experienced before) and the lack of improvement in your mood despite your strength and best efforts, are all warning signs and justify a visit to your doctor. Don't see it as a sign of weakness. Things may or may not get worse (we are all different and their is no formula or pattern that affects us all in the same way). However, by being pro-active with your health you can address any issues before things do deteriorate. Often depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and will-power is not sufficient to restore the equilibrium. Keep being positive and doing whatever you can to distract yourself as this may be enough to keep things "stable" and manageable. It does sound as if you need a little bit of help to get your mojo working again ;-)

    Good luck. You'll find support & friendship on this forum whenever you need it.

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    hi gvnn, i'm gonna go with every one else, pls see a doctor, i suffered from pretty much the same conditions as yourself,

    being busy as you are, maybe a mask to prevent you from dealing with certain issues maybe,

    i'm so glad i seeked help when i did, i believe i was exactly like you, and now on a healing program,

    i hope you seek help, an let your doctor decide whats good for you, and remember if your not happy with your doctors opinion, feel free to get a second opinion from another doctor,

    pls believe me, ur not wasting anyones time, as this is what medical professionals are here for, all the best

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