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I think the symptoms that you are describing are either Dysthymia (which is considered a long term form of depression, but the symptoms are usually more moderate and not as severe).
Or Avoidant Personality Disorder
Hmmm never heard of either. Lets read this
I am tending to lean more towards Dysthymia as you mentioned responding well to the Adderal. Adderral is a stimulant and can be beneficial in relieving symptoms of a depressive disorder
They both describe me very well
Not sure what started the shyness but I've been extremely quiet since I could remember. Since I started grade school
Is medication my best bet?
I feel very self aware, and I also feel like I know where my insecurities stem from
nonetheless, it won't go away
Well actually I would start with a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medication, both of these combined have a high rate of efficacy in helping you
Am I most likely going to be like this forever? I realize that therapy may help, but is this just a part of who I am?
Just asking because you probably see a lot of people like me
If it is dysthymia, then most likely it will not last forever, but if it is a personality disorder then it can last well into adulthood and may be present for the rest of your life. The good news is that with the medication and CBT therapy, you have a good chance of managing the symptoms for most of your life where they will not be a bother to you
That sounds like a good plan, both of these disorders have good treatment outcomes, so I am confident that you will be fine in the long run
More and more I am leaning towards dysthymia because individuals with avoidant personality disorder do not want to mingle with others even if they had motivation, while dysthymia can cause a lack of motivation that will interfere with your social life
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