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Hello Doctor,

My name is Kelly Black, and I am 38 years old. I'm writing to you from central Texas, USA.

First let me say that I truly enjoy reading your website. I've been on a long quest for self healing, and resources like your website are invaluable to me. Thanks for making a difference in the world.

I've had a lot of problems in my life, but in the interest of respecting your time I'll be to the point. After a long quest for self healing I've encountered a challenge that is new for me. After living most of my life as a very dynamic person with lots of energy, I find myself now feeling weak and having a lot of trouble focusing. It seems my problems mount up, and even with the use of a written plan, I find tackling the list to be almost insurmountable. Now more than ever in my life I am starting to feel like it is a lost cause. Medical and legal problems pile up, and I do not have the resources to come even CLOSE to combating them. I occasionally have brief periods where I think I can snap out of it, and get down to business, but then after a short time I feel like I cannot seem to get traction. Sometimes the deck seems stacked against me.

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I'm sure the solution to my problem is likely a simple one, but somehow from my perspective I'm having trouble seeing it. I was hoping you might find time to point something out to me.

Thanks, and highest regards,

Kelly Black

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At a distance, I cannot be sure, but this sounds like depression. I suggest an appointment with a qualified counselor to explore whether you are depressed, and, if so, what might be done to help. You might also like to take a look at this depression self-assessment from Mayo Clinic.

Be well.

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