Q. I cry almost every night and I am paranoid. Is there any chance that I have depression?

Answered by
Dr. Arooj Najmussaqib
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Aug 04, 2014 and last reviewed on: Oct 15, 2018

Hello doctor,

I am a 14 year old boy. I usually live by routine, but whenever I find free time, I usually become very sad until I cry. This happens almost every night before I sleep. Yesterday night, I thought of going out with my friends, until one friend said he was going to watch a movie with his parents and the other friend said he was going to pack for a vacation. I got super paranoid thinking that they were hanging out behind my back and I ended up crying myself to sleep. I take no medication. Is there any chance that I have depression?

Dr. Arooj Najmussaqib

Psychologist/ Counsellor
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

You have mentioned that you are experiencing low mood, crying spells, and paranoid thoughts.

You are not in a depression. Teenagers might experience certain mood swings due to hormonal changes in the body. You are going through the same.

With the mentioned symptoms, you cannot be diagnosed as having depression. The incident you quoted is related to your feelings of sadness and low self-esteem and might be due to loneliness.

Suggestions to overcome this:

  1. To cherish your mood, you need to focus on your interests and other activities.
  2. Rather than getting into thoughts, it is better to channel out your emotions. For that, you may try writing a diary.
  3. Share your thoughts with a close one (friend, family member or counselor) on a regular basis to avoid repetitive thoughts.
  4. Include physical exercise in your daily routine as it will soothe you and make you feel relaxed and will induce sleep.
  5. Have healthy eating habits by including green salads, water, fresh fruit juices in your diet.
  6. Avoid junk food and carbonated drinks.
  7. Try to take at least 30 minutes of walk before going to bed.
  8. Make plans with your friends beforehand to avoid similar situations in the future.

For further follow up, consult a psychologist counsellor online --> https://www.icliniq.com/online-psychiatrist-psychotherapy-counseling

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