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I feel empty - a site about depression

What is emptiness? A feeling of emptiness may come to you whenever there is something you need but you cannot get it.

If you are hungry but cannot find food, you will feel hungry. The feeling of emptiness is similar to emotional hunger, when you become hungry for something that you cannot get. For example, the feeling of emptiness associated with loneliness results from the need for intimate relationships without the possibility of finding them. nine0004

Depression is one of the biggest things that makes you feel empty, and the combination of depression and emptiness can be really annoying.

The opposite of feeling empty is when you feel full. This feeling comes when you find that you have achieved most of your goals, or at least are moving in the right direction towards achieving them.


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How to overcome the feeling of emptiness?

To overcome feelings of emptiness, you need to identify the unmet emotional need that is causing your feelings of emptiness. nine0004

I said earlier that the key to true happiness is the ability to understand your unmet needs and work to meet them. If I told you that there is one cure for emptiness, I would be lying, because every person can feel empty for a different reason.

Can money heal emptiness and bring happiness?

People say that money cannot buy happiness, while the real reason why a person suffering from financial instability may feel empty may be the lack of money. nine0004

For another person, money may not have any real value, but they may still feel drained by the lack of close relationships in their life.

Read more about toxic relationships: https://help-psy.com/statii/71

Overcoming emptiness can be an easy task if you understand what causes your personal emptiness. Applying some general advice and recommendation found in most sources on the Internet will not help, of course, because each person is unique. nine0004

Self-understanding and emptiness

Some of the people who say they feel empty have a self-understanding problem. Here's a simple example: if you know you're feeling bad because you didn't achieve your goals, you would say you're disappointed and not devastated.

In other words, people sometimes use the word "empty" to describe an emotion they cannot understand. This is why achieving greater self-understanding is a crucial step in fighting emptiness and all other unwanted emotions. nine0004

Go to the complete guide on depression, symptoms, treatment and prevention methods:


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There is something wrong with me. Everything is fine: there is a roof over my head, food is on the table, my parents are alive, a young man is nearby, but I feel very lonely. nine0020 Thoughts of suicide began in early childhood, at the age of 5. I did not see parental affection and love, I always heard only screams about how unlucky, how I ruined my mother's life. Therefore, thinking that I was nothing but troubles and losses, I tried to strangle myself with a cord from a toy mobile phone.
Now I feel empty, as if I exist aimlessly. I don’t sleep well, I don’t get enough sleep, I take it out on everyone, sometimes I start to be terribly afraid of something in the dark, I’m terribly jealous of someone’s successes (although I didn’t notice this for myself before), the “soul” of my boyfriend with my jealousy and constantly think that it was would be easier. I understand that this is passing, that there is nothing more shameful and harder for parents than a suicidal child. But I find it increasingly difficult to deal with intrusive thoughts. I don't know what to do, this year is very important for me. I don't want to make a mistake. nine0020

Al , age: 17 / 01.01.2016


Hello! Death will not help you at all! Contact a school psychologist. Distract your favorite movies, music, sports. In a year you will become an adult, you will be able to build your life on your own, not depend on your parents, achieve your successes, victories! Good luck to you!

Irina, age: 28/01/01/2016

Al, hello! You are a very smart and reasonable person, you yourself have found the root of the problem. You were not loved as a child. And you have not learned one of the main things in life - to accept yourself. That is why you do not know how to enjoy life, enjoy every day. The sun, the sky, your loved one... I advise you to find a good psychologist (maybe even free - in the internet) and sort out this situation. Learn to appreciate yourself and your life! Why don't you do something for which you would respect yourself? For example, learn a good profession, become a great specialist, help people in need, maybe even become a volunteer... Then you will forget about "aimless existence"! You will start to LIVE! nine0004

But, of course, for this you first need to understand your problem. Do not be lazy - find a specialist who will help you. The whole world is arranged in such a way that it is necessary not only to take, but also to give. Someone will help you find yourself, and then you will help someone! And life will sparkle with new colors.

Everything will be fine! Happy New Year! All the very best to you!!!

Girl, age: 01/01/2016 19/01/2016

Hello) It's good that you know how to appreciate what you have. But the problems, it seems to me, appeared because of self-doubt. What caused it is not so important, but in no case should you lose your life because of it. It is better to work on it so that it appears. First of all, of course, over study. Try to study as best you can, master some additional subjects. This will lead you to better academic performance and in the future will help you more easily and correctly decide on a profession. If we talk about rest, then consider activities that are interesting to you, there are actually a lot of them.

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