Whiplash

  • giodude

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    Sep 22, 2015 6:58 PM GMT
    Are mood swings a normal part of adolescence?

    Because on the whole, I'm enjoying my university experience, loving Cape Town and am surrounded by amazing people.

    But all of a sudden, anywhere and anytime, I dive headfirst into a pool of lethargy. I feel as if though all of my efforts are futile, and that the people around me aren't worth talking to. I struggle to connect with them, but its as if some intangible barrier cuts me off from them, and I feel indifferent. I feel lonely and depressed, and all I want to do is sleep until everything melts away. Everything feels like a great effort, an I exert myself when performing the slightest tasks like washing my hair or walking down stairs.
    Everything transmutes into one consubstantial sepia-soaked mass.

    And suddenly everything is better again, and life is enjoyable and I'm content

    I stay in a state of languor for about two or three days, but it just ends abruptly and I continue with my life.

    These mood swings affect my work ethic and hinder my social abilities, but fortunately they don't happen all that frequently. All I know is that the state that I'm in is far more intense than a simple blue Monday.

    Are these intense mood swings a normal side effect of the hormonal exchanges taking places within my brain or not? Because I'm still reeling from my most recent descent into fatigue and depression
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    Sep 22, 2015 8:05 PM GMT
    These mood swings seem to be affecting your life. I'd consult a physician if I were you.
  • giodude

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    Sep 23, 2015 2:25 PM GMT
    ^ hehe yeah I enjoy writing. I've been reading since I was two or three, and i wish to become a novelist someday. English was also my favourite class.

    The depression arises most when I'm alone. For instance on days when I have no extra murals and don't come into contact with a lot of people eg Wednesdays = no martial arts and i usually do laundry, so I don't see very many people or interact in a meaningful way. That's the day that seems to coincide with my mood swings most often.
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    Sep 23, 2015 3:43 PM GMT
    get a cat, go vegan and or find religion, anything but everyone deserves better. Daily mood swings are not a proper clinical or emotional experience.
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    Sep 23, 2015 3:51 PM GMT
    What you're describing are all signs of depression. What you need to understand about depression is that many times it's chemical. In order to find out if you have a chemical depression, you need to see a professional. You can actually start by talking to your regular medical doctor. Just don't accept drugs from him even though he may try to do that. Insist on seeing a mental health professional.
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    Sep 23, 2015 4:39 PM GMT
    From what I understand, you're a bit lonely. Now you're placing yourself under duress by telling yourself you are lonely and making yourself depressed. I go down this road often, then force myself to snap out of it. I'm not saying it's fun being lonely, but sometime's it has it's perks. You don't have to worry about if a friend is going to drop you like a Hot Potato; you don't have to ask a friend what movie he would like to watch - you go watch it anyway, etc. etc. What Psychologists normally say is, first and foremost 'Love yourself' and 'Be your own best friend'. By the by, Greenpoint is the Gay Capital of South Africa. There are some great places to meet and chat with Guys. There is 'Hot House' which is open 24 Hours a day, Amsterdam Bar, Beefcakes Diner and a Night Club/Bar next to where Bronx used to be in Napier Street, there are also some great boutiques in The Cape Quarter Shopping Mall. You don't have to become a Bar-Fly, just go and socialize.
  • giodude

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    Sep 23, 2015 5:04 PM GMT
    ^ I do frequent Green Point. I recently ate at Manhattan, and club at Zero21 and I've been to Crew like twice. I've yet to eat at Beefcakes. I do know Grenpoint, especially Napier Street and the one Street with La Vie restaurant. It's a beautiful place.
  • giodude

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    Sep 25, 2015 9:25 AM GMT
    Not the biggest fan of writing reports, hey. My forte is fantasy, science fiction and at best, fiction. I get bored with the real world too quickly. The people and places in my head are much more interesting !

    I would like to visit Palm Springs one day. It sounds so surreal - something you'd see in an American movie, but that is too good to exist.
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    Sep 26, 2015 4:30 AM GMT
    You might have a touch of manic depression aka bi polar. Ask your parents if any relatives deal with it and seek professional evaluation.

    If it is that and if it gets out of control they have lithium type products, salts essentially. Could be you just might need them for certain periods or for a while but then you might get better control over the swings and not need them at all or as much.

    In the meanwhile, learn yourself. Maybe when you are feeling down that's a time for reflection or solitude and when you feel better then you socialize. Be honest with your friends about it so they don't freak out when your mood changes. Even if you enjoy socializing, make sure your friends understand that there might be times when you'll need your own space. But if they've noticed you haven't eaten in three days, someone get you a hamburger. You can learn to work with it.

    Remember this always: each mood is just that, a mood and nothing more. So even if it gets real bad just keep in mind that it is something that will pass. Always remember, even when you feel down, that if you just ride it out, in the next minute or the next day you might wind up feeling good again.