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letsnotobsess

I was diagnosed with genital two months ago in October. Had a very bad mood for about three weeks while experiencing symptoms, then it lifted but ever since I am just not what I used to be, just kind of flat, not sad and not joyous, don't feel like laughing, don't really feel much, good or bad -- kind of like a zombie. Maybe it has to do with the fact that herpes affects nerves? I just don't want to be like that for the rest of my life. I am usually very spunky, smile and laugh a lot.

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MsLucy

No, it's not because it's affecting your nerves. It's a normal stage of the acceptance process, and it will pass, just like the bad mood did. Just give it time. Your old self will emerge again.

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LittleBC

Herpes doesn't affect your nervous system to that degree, as far as I know. It's really a virus that manifests as a skin condition. I'm not super knowledgeable on the subject but I believe you may be showing what is known as "flat affect" (Google it) which can be a symptom of depression. So you might still be quite depressed (as you sound like you were originally for three weeks) and this is just another phase of it. You may wish to learn about coping with depression or get some counseling to help you.

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d00m kitty

I agree with MsLucy. I was diagnosed with GHSV2 back in August and I've been FLAT ever since :-( It's a woeful feeling. I kinda felt normal during the break between my 1st OB and my 2nd OB, but have definitely been low of late. My OBs seem to last forever 6 weeks or so!!

Hang in there..............it's got to get better xx

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letsnotobsess

Hey guys, thanks for your responses. But I assure you that I am not depressed. That's the puzzle -- I don't feel anything. Just going through the motions, like in a fog. I know these are the same expressions that are used to describe depression, but they fit what I feel -- and I am not depressed, lonely, hopeless, desperate, angry. I am just too calm, too unemotional. Anyway, if anything changes, or doesn't change, I'll update the thread. I am having a nagging feeling that it may be the affected nerves, which would be pretty awful, because I couldn't control it and it would be there even if I had all the reasons in the world to be in an upbeat and positive mood. MsLucy, I hope your down feeling goes away, a six-month outbreak? That's so annoying and discouraging, oh man... I hope it's mild at least, I literally couldn't live through my first if it lasted this long.

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d00m kitty
Hey guys, thanks for your responses. But I assure you that I am not depressed. That's the puzzle -- I don't feel anything. Just going through the motions, like in a fog. I know these are the same expressions that are used to describe depression, but they fit what I feel -- and I am not depressed, lonely, hopeless, desperate, angry. I am just too calm, too unemotional. Anyway, if anything changes, or doesn't change, I'll update the thread. I am having a nagging feeling that it may be the affected nerves, which would be pretty awful, because I couldn't control it and it would be there even if I had all the reasons in the world to be in an upbeat and positive mood. MsLucy, I hope your down feeling goes away, a six-month outbreak? That's so annoying and discouraging, oh man... I hope it's mild at least, I literally couldn't live through my first if it lasted this long.

You could still be in shock letsnotobsess.

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