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Depression: Depression & Related Conditions

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Mystery Symptoms

Recently I came accross a document from my behavioral health center. It was my diagnosis from when I first began seeing them at age 13. ADHD (predominately inattentive type) and, to my surprise, a severe major depressive disorder. I say "to my surprise" not because I've never suspected that I suffer from depression, but, because my parents never told me about the diagnosis. Go, mom and dad. Anyway, I'm nineteen now and have some nagging questions about symptoms I experienced as a young child through middle school that have not occurred since.

I used to experience this feeling that sound was moving too quickly, literally, everything sounded "sped up". When I was very young this manifested visually. I thought I saw my father crawling all over the walls, very quickly, when he was actually just putting me to bed. It only happened at night, either when I was in bed or right before going to bed.

I once thought I heard people shouting in the kitchen at 2 AM and was so convinced that someone had broken in that I locked my door all night. I also experienced the feeling that my hands were gigantic - like they were the size of buildings. All of this was very scary at the time. Is there a name for this, and do you know the chances of it recurring?

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