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    Old 11-15-2014, 02:37 AM   #1
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    Very lost and confused. How does my mental health compare to others?

    I am just writing this to sort of get everything out of my head and to see if others feel similar and how severe it is in comparison to others who are depressed. I would greatly appreciate if anyone would take the time to read this but obviously would understand if you don't want to.
    I feel I have always had this confusion and unsureness deep inside me. It's very difficult to explain I am just kind of not confident or positive about anything it seems. I guess to start this off I am a 19 year old male. I have been depressed since I was a freshman in high school. I was sort of unhappy since i was 12 when my grandfather passed away because I was raised by him and my grandma because my mom died when I was very young and my was basically not there for me. But I just specifically remember when I was a 15 and a freshman in high school was when I started to feel hopelsss. This feeling went on and off through high school, it wasn't too severe but there were its times. About a month or two before I graduated (about 7 months ago) the feeling got significantly worse.
    I had always thought I was depressed but once the feeling deepened. I sort of feel like I am not even a person. Like I am literally missing something that everyone else seems to have. Everyone I see seems to be filled with so much life and personality and they seem to have this understanding and confidence that I just don't have. I personally don't understand how people can feel so confident in everything; to me it feels like there is nothing I could ever be certain of. I feel so very different from everybody I have ever met. I don't really feel I have ever had a real connection with anybody and that thought sort of haunts me. It makes me feel un-human and like I will continue to be alone forever. I have friends but only guy friends and I am not particularly close to any of them and as a guy it’s not like you typically talk to your male friends about emotional issues unless you joke about how terrible you feel. But lately I have been drifting away from my "friends" because of how unhappy I have been. I just don't really feel like putting on the act that I'm happy and living up to the expectations.

    I sort of feel completely alone. All of my real thoughts have just sat in my head pretty much my whole life. I long for affection and dream of meeting a girl who is different and who maybe sees something in me however I'm not sure if there is anything to see as I am a self-loathing, depressed individual. I have never had a real girlfriend. In elementary school I had one but obviously it doesn't count as it was kind of ridiculous anyways. This really bothers me and makes me feel even more un-human. Like no one could actually love me for the person I am. I tend to make this feeling worse by watching semi romantic filmsand listening to sad or depressing music. Although these things can make the feeling so deep sometimes I still enjoy them so very much because I kind of feel like love is the only genuine thing I see anymore.

    I feel one reason I am so alone is my extreme anxiety. I often get nervous talking to anyone I don't already know and it’s so severe I can even get nervous ordering food at places... So that is one reason I have never been in a relationship as I am so "shy". I am not really comfortable with myself at all and I don't know why. The truth of the matter is I often don't know what to say. I kind of feel I am not worth the patience it would take for me to get comfortable with someone and girls don't chase after guys so I know I need to work on this... I am not un-confident in how I look I feel I am an alright looking guy but I am very short (5,5) and this kind of upsets me and I get that that’s unattractive and I feel I look about 16. I think I always just hold myself back because I feel I could never live up to anyone’s expectations.

    I have come to completely hate myself. I just hate were I have gotten myself, all alone and absent of any affection from another person and I understand it is my fault. I often tell kind of horrible things to myself but I can't really help it, I just feel I make myself so unhappy and can't seem to do anything to better my situation. I kind of feel someone could like me if they could only see into me and have some understanding. I think that is what I want more than anything in the whole world is for someone to understand me. Just one person because honestly I don't understand myself... I feel like genuine understanding is so rare and it’s something you could really never know for sure, but it would be beautiful to feel like you shared it with someone.

    I am dealing with some bad medical issues. The doctor believes it may be something with my nerves but it’s been 4 months and we still are not sure of what is wrong. I am a 19 year old virgin and I feel I shouldn't have to worry about that... This has increased my anxiety so severely and I am dealing with so many symptoms I cannot even think straight anymore... I often loose were I am in my head feel so confused. One day my thoughts will be so clear and the next I am unsure of literally everything and can't even form a proper thought.

    I know a relationship wouldn't fix everything obviously but it just sounds so comforting. Just to have someone care about me for the person I am. I kind of feel like I would be ok if I had one person I was comfortable with and could actually talk to. I just feel so absolutely empty.

    I feel like I am completely losing my mind and like I am crazy. I am so quick to get unreasonably angry I just feel like I am going to explode. I have so much hate in me because I feel like a lot of people are just plain cruel and it seems like the world is just wrong and illogical most of the time. I just don't get it and I don't see how others don't see it how I do. I get the world can be beautiful and profound but sadly my most beautiful experiences were on psychedelics... Those experiences being amazing and all but it makes me sad that my best memories aren’t with a person but a substance that gave me some hope and insight.

    When it comes down to it I just really don't want to be alone anymore and would be so gratefully to meet a girl who saw something in me. But honestly I feel it would be unfair of me to be in a relationship as how depressed I am, I do feel I would love them but maybe too much and I worry I would fall in love to easily and quickly since how I feel. I am terrified of being alone forever.

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    Re: Very lost and confused. How does my mental health compare to others?

    Hello Clearsky.

    I think it's very likely you're suffering from depression. Hating yourself, distancing yourself from friends, constant despair and thinking about death on a constant basis are all signs of depression. Have you thought about talking to a therapist about what has been going on in your life and how you've been feeling? It may really help to ease your burden if you have a professional therapist who you can confide in and get some guidance on how to improve your mental outlook on life in general and yourself. A therapist may also help you with finding ways to cope with your anxiety.

    Also, have you tried anti-depressants? You've mentioned you're taking medications, but I don't think you said anything about anti-depressants.

    Old 11-19-2014, 09:34 PM   #3
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    Re: Very lost and confused. How does my mental health compare to others?

    The age you're at, those young adult years, including back to freshman year, are some of the toughest!! It totally gets better. I had a nervous breakdown when I was 22 from similar angst as yours, I was very depressed at 17 really from the loneliness you're talking about, I had never had a real boyfriend, I remained a virgin wellll into my 20's , etc etc.

    Your brain and even your body are still going through unique events at your age which can cause a lot of psychological and physical problems. Talk to a dr. If she or he doesn't click with you, try another. And another. Get some support. Maybe force yourself to socialize if you can. And BTW, all those confident people you see - many are hiding true insecurities and self-hatred. You are actually not alone. Try not to over analyze it.

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