Our expert says:
This could be depression, or Dysthymia ( a sort of milder but longer-lasting depression ), and either can respond to proper treatment, after a proper assessment and diagnosis.
Good psychometric testing can be helpful, allowing a comparison between your strengths, weaknesses, and interests. I don't know to what extent the results of the tests could be influenced by your depression - the psychologist could tell you that ; and it would depend on the type and degree of the depression.
I'm pleased to hear that you're not dead yet, and the 11 years shows that this feeling is a reflection of personal pessimism, and not a prediction, except in the sense that everyone dies eventually.
If you go for counselling, remember that CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) is the form best supported by good research, as effective in depression and anxiety.
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