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Am I handling this OK?
Do I need to talk to someone, is this normal?
I can't keep struggling like this...there has to be something I can do.
The experiences that lead you to ask yourself these questions are moments that weigh heavy on your heart and mind. The fact you are asking this of yourself is something you can trust. When to seek treatment is very personal but not something you need to justify. If you feel the need, look into it.
If you are looking for more ways to organize your thoughts. Three things to think about are duration, intensity and frequency.
Three things to think about are duration, intensity and frequency.
How long have you been experiencing these symptoms? How long have you been dealing with these feelings? If it's been an extended amount of time (months) when you think about times that typically should have made you feel better but didn't. The duration of symptoms in significant.
Measure intensity by thinking about how the symptoms you experience interrupt (or prevent) routine daily functioning. Understand suicidal thoughts, ideation, self-harming behaviors are high-intensity symptoms that warrant immediate attention but you don't need to wait until the intensity reaches that level.
Clinical research concludes a history of mood disorder episodes increase likelihood of reoccurance. So does family history. Documenting if your symptoms are reoccuring daily, multiple times a week is another way to identify the frequency of symptoms.