Different therapists have talked to me about it and have had conflicting views. Some have said "it isn't normal" whilst others have taken the approach "who is to say what is normal". Personally I don't care either way I just know that I don't like the way it feels and never have done. I don't like feeling torn up and twisted inside as if something is ripping out part of me. The more anxious and stressed I get the worse it gets but decreasing stress and anxiety doesn't get rid of it. It's only by picking up a knife and cutting myself that I seem to get any release from it and even then it's just for a short time.
Recent disagreements and misunderstandings with family hasn't helped but hopefully that is in the past now. I just hope that the behavioural therapy will somehow be able to help me beat this. It just seems such a long way off and such a huge uphill struggle with everything else that needs overcoming and dealing with on the way. Considering I've been doing this now for at least 3 years it doesn't seem to get any easier and the pressure on me to get everything sorted as quick as possible makes it almost impossible to see a way forward. Being lumbered with additional stress whilst trying to overcome depression and stress is not a very effective combination but it seems to be what you have to put up with whether you want it or not.
Depression Questionnaire (PHQ9):
Your Depression Score is 27/27
Anxiety Questionnaire (GAD7):
Your Anxiety Score is 21/21