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Mariage counsellors are not themselves qualified to or trained to make psychiatric diagnoses, but may recognize the possibility of some such disorders and then appropriately would suggest that you see a psychiatrist for a proper assessment and diagnosis, with a discussion then of treatment options.
Now, there's no need to freak out.
Bipolar Disorder ( which used to be called manic depressive disorder ) is common, and both over-diagnosed and under-diagnosed.
Whatever the diagnosis, if you are experiencing frequent self-destructive thoughts, tearfulness, and problems with sleeping and eating, a depression at least is certainly possible, and you would feel grteatly better with proper treatment.
There are no blood tests for depression, but a gentle interview asking the right questions, can make the diagnosis reliably and usefully. There is nothing to be frightened of - the shrink is there to help you, to identify the real nature of your problems and the best way to solve them.
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