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HeroOfHyrule
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22 Sep 2021, 2:53 pm

Lately I've been thinking about how long I've actually been dealing with depression in my (relatively short) life, and I realized that I've probably been consistently depressed since I was 11 or 12 years old, but that I can remember occasionally feeling depressed as far back as 7 years old. It didn't click until now that it's possible for kids to legitimately feel depressed and that was probably what I was feeling.

I'm now curious about when people who deal with depression think they first started experiencing that, and if they can identify any examples of depression in their childhood?


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22 Sep 2021, 3:25 pm

6 or 7


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22 Sep 2021, 4:13 pm

Low mood "for no reason" and "melancholic personality" - as far as I can remember. Certainly from early school age.
Crippling problems that screwed my functioning beyond my coping abilities - first time from 17 to 19.


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22 Sep 2021, 4:48 pm

Probably at 8. Because before that time, it's mostly confusion.
And reacted really violently in realization.

I just don't understand back then. Maybe out of pure dissonance.
It just changed into something more tired around 15.


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22 Sep 2021, 10:12 pm

When I was 14. I was failing all my subjects in school, had no friends and had to see the school psychologist. I remember feeling pretty low at that time.



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23 Sep 2021, 2:04 am

6th grade, like flipping a switch.


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23 Sep 2021, 6:49 am

First major episode like couple months after I got my first computer at about 12 and was spending nights and days doing "what makes you happy".



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23 Sep 2021, 6:52 am

First grade...but that's really as far back as I can remember.



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24 Sep 2021, 12:48 pm

Edna3362 wrote:
Probably at 8. Because before that time, it's mostly confusion.
And reacted really violently in realization.

I just don't understand back then. Maybe out of pure dissonance.
It just changed into something more tired around 15.

I used to get really "moody" and angry when I was 7, because I was depressed and didn't know what was going on or how to handle it. When I got older it definitely became a more "tired" and "sad/numb" type of depression.


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I like playing video games, watching cartoons and anime, reading, and cooking.

I have two cats, a rabbit, and a dog. I also enjoy learning + cataloguing information about different types of animals and plants.

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Your broader autism cluster (Aspie) score: 144 of 200.
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You are very likely on the broader autism cluster (Aspie).


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24 Sep 2021, 3:14 pm

About 5 or 6.  For an entire summer, I could not enjoy anything, and I did not know why.


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25 Sep 2021, 6:48 am

About 10,
big depressive dip with 12,
realisation that I have depression with 14-15



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26 Sep 2021, 2:54 am

Probably had some symptoms when I was 14. I'd say it was definitely an illness by the time I was 16.