Our expert says:
In some of us, unhappiness can almost be a habit, just the way one looks at and interprets the world. It does sound as though you have inadvertently developed habits of negative thinking and self-denigration to a fine art.
Proper treatment depends on proper diagnosis, which depends on proper assessment. Otherwise, it's like going to a car equipment company and insisting that they replace the fan belt when your fan belt's fine, and its your carburettor that's up the spout.
If you have something like a definable Depression antidepressants might help, and if there's a bipolar disorder, mood stabilizers might help. If its the milder but longer duration Dysthymia, response to drugs is less clear, but psychotherapy can help.
I understand and actually agree with your wish not to engage in long-term navel gazing and analysis of your whole life, as this is actually both expensive and not useful. But specifically CBT, Cognitive-behaviour Therapy is a form of counselling that does not take very long, and is brisk and business like, with you being active not passive, and helps to reverse negative habits of thought and to find more efective ways of dealing with life. I suspect you could find it really helpful.
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