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Hi Dee!

Great to meet you. I am glad you checked in. This is a really good question.

The Internet has impacted our lives in so many ways. One major benefit is the availability of incredible amounts of health information. This has helped many to gain a better understanding of conditions they have been diagnosed with. And this information has also helped people to become aware of conditions they may be living with. But there are a couple of cautions that are important to consider in regard to health information from the Internet. First, there are lots of reliable sources information on the Internet, but also lots of unreliable sources. And second, it's all too easy to diagnose yourself, or to assume you have a diagnosis, when you may not.

So I just want to encourage you to be careful about diagnosing yourself. And to be careful about information you may pick up on the Internet and apply to yourself. Of course, you may not be gathering health information on the Internet at all. But just in case… please be careful about not assuming what you read applies to you.

Having said that… I just want to again say that I really glad you checked in.

What I encourage you to do is to reach out to a mental health professional. A professional could sit down and have a chat with you, talk about how you are feeling, the symptoms you are experiencing, and render a diagnosis. You could then discuss treatment options, and agree together on the way forward.

If you aren't sure how to get started in finding someone to help you, here is a link to an article I wrote awhile back:

http://www.depressionconnect.com/discussions/...

You have taken an important first step. You have asked how to find out what's going on with you. That tells me that you have an open mind, that you are want reliable information and, based on what you learn, that you are ready to get on the road toward feeling better.

Take good care of yourself, my friend. Reach out to a professional. And stay in touch. Keep me posted on how you're doing.

Gary

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