How to distinguish procrastination and other problems
Before I found this board and did some research, I thought that there may have been a few things "wrong" with/imbalances in my life, but it turns out they were sub-issues of my procrastinating. For example, at one point I started feeling pretty low and did a little research on depression. The root of the matter was that I simply wasn't exercising consistently enough. The problem was that I was procrastinating on my exercise to the point of not doing it, which led to me not feeling as positive and energetic as I could. When I exercise I'm happier. Same with my eating habits-I am one of those "I'll eat healthily tomorrow" or "I'll go to the grocery store and stock up on healthy food tomorrow" types. Again, same with my sleep pattern-"I'll go to bed early tomorrow". When I don't procrastinate, I feel great.
So how do you distinguish between issues like depression (or other problems) and procrastination? I feel like all of my issues revolve around my procrastination. None of them are deep enough to require therapy or treatment. I went to a therapist once who said that I didn't have anything diagnosable. Of course I don't know if this applies to everyone. And I realize that things like depression often aren't issues of "well I'll just take a lap around the block on a regular basis and never need medicine again!" So how do you tell?