I didn't call him crazy. I don't consider him crazy and to be honest I think someone who would decide that depression=crazy is a shitty person. I'm guessing you're trolling and I'm falling for it but this seemed like a serious question from the op so I'm going to continue to treat it like that.
Law school causing me pretty bad depression/anxiety. I suspect this is also normal for law school students? But it's getting pretty bad for me. Like I see students who've killed themselves in the news, and I can almost completely understand their state of mind and why they would do it. Just that feeling of utter disgust with one's self and a feeling of hopelessness/conviction that nothing will ever change for the better.
from the OP was what I was referring to. Depression/anxiety and thoughts of suicide are all clear signs that the OP should seek counseling before he makes any major choices.
Uh, you told him that you that you could definitely tell him that dropping out won't solve his "problems," because of your magical differential diagnosis skills.
So yeah, you did call him crazy. You told him his decision making is compromised to the point where he needs professional psychological counseling and possibly psychoactive medication. You're armchair diagnosing him with a major depressive disorder. That's calling someone crazy in my book. My book is called the DSM-IV.
The second part of this is just ridiculous. Feeling anxious about writing off the last two years of your life is a warning sign of a psychological disorder now? Feeling "depressed," when realizing that you're on the wrong career path sounds diagnostically significant to you? And thoughts of suicide? Did you even read what you quoted? He said he "can almost" understand why people commit suicide. Understanding despair and hopelessness sucks and can push someone towards suicide isn't an indicator of anything but possessing modicum of intelligence and empathy. The signs in this thread point towards OP not feeling despair (the absence of all hope) as he is making plans for his future. Not to mention he's talked at great length about what he sees himself doing next.
A. Nony Mouse wrote:Was just going to post the same thing. And the thing is, whether the depression is independent from the law school circumstance or caused by the law school circumstance is irrelevant. Even if the OP is anxious/depressed because they're in a situation they hate - law school is the sole cause of the depression, which it might well be - it doesn't mean that being depressed doesn't mess with your decision-making abilities or that seeking help for the depression isn't appropriate.
The source of the change in mood is critically relevant. I'm not going to break down all of the diagnostic criteria for depressive disorders, but no professional worth a shit would get more than ten minutes in without asking "What is going on in your life / What's troubling you?"
I'm not a clinician (studied/researched cognitive neuropsychology for 6 years), but you really don't need seek professional counseling every time something makes you melancholy. It's a normal part of life.