Mental Health: I don't feel very good, mentally. And after taking some online mental health "tests" I wonder if I should do anything about it. Am I really as bad as the tests say that I am?
I've suffered with depression much of my life. That much isn't news to me. I haven't dealt with it more than just muddling through - no medication or therapy. Actually, I did see a psychologist briefly in high school. She ate popcorn as I told her my tales of woe. Really no more counseling contact other than that.
So, I was hit with a period of depression this past month or so that had me practically holed-up in my house, not doing anything during the day (I'm a stay-at-home mom), extreme fatigue, not being able to cook meals or do anything for my family, basically. This isn't new for me. But it is getting old.
I mention being holed-up in my house because it lead me to thinking of agoraphobia and I did a little online research. I was alarmed that it truly applied to me. I always joked about being agoraphobic because I hate leaving the house and am super good at avoiding going out. I took a "test." The test results stated that I most likely had agoraphobia as well as a severe social anxiety disorder.
I then took this test
for social anxiety disorder. I score a 98! As in "Score 90 or higher SAD extremely probable. Scores in this range often are accompanied by great distress and difficulty in social functioning, and are also commonly seen in persons entering treatment for the generalized type of SAD."
Do I believe these tests?
I know I have some serious anxieties, especially socially related, as well as depression. And I guess these tests just really shocked me at how severe they might be.
What's my next step?
Is there a next step? Or is muddling through a decent option?
Other relevant info: 36, female, I could stand to lose 10 pounds