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Being gay doesn't make one exempt from the cuffs of depression. To the contrary, issues of depression amongst LGBT people is far more prevalent than one might think. One reader in the forum shares:

"I think I'm depressed. I have insanely low libido (earlier, when I knew there would be no one at home, I would almost run home from school to do something. Now I don't want to); when I hear my classmates laugh I think they're laughing at me; I seek perfection; I just wanna be alone, sit in a corner in silence; I wanna smoke! Earlier I was sooo against it. I haven't started smoking yet, but man do I want to!; And a whole load of other symptoms... I think the biggest role played in this is being dumped by a guy, who I really liked, and who found somebody else. He fell in love with him while he wasn't even done with me!"

Reader Tony relied:
"During that age when hormones are in flux and the body is changing I don't think it would be surprising to find depression is common. If you or someone you know is depressed then please seek help. A specialist can certainly do tests and ask the right questions and they can help do definitely go. When it comes down to it though, being depressed comes down to just consistently feeling bad when there is no obvious physical cause.

And even if it turns out you don't fit the clinical definition of depression, the fact is it sounds like you have some things going on that you are having trouble dealing with. It happens to all of us sooner or later. We all need help just dealing with stuff in life and it is worth getting that help, depressed or not.

So go, talk to someone who can help you either way. It's nothing to be ashamed of. The truly strong person is the one strong enough to ask for help when they need it."

Suggested Reading If You Think You Might Be Depressed:
Signs of Depression
How To Break Free of Post Coming Out Depression
Treatments of Depression
How To Help a Suicidal Friend
Finding a Gay Affirmative Psychotherapist
Help With My Depressed Boyfriend

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