Ok, well here goes, I'm 18 and I know theres something wrong with me mentally, but yet I hav no idea what I've searched for answers for a really long time and it's just annoying now, I don't feel much emotion like when I know I've done something wrong, I don't care, I don't go out my way to hurt people but it seems to happen anyway, I don't know if I've been depressed because I don't know the difference between sad and depressed, my life is ok, my family are great, I'm repeating college for the 3rd time because I don't know what I want to do, my friends annoy the bajeebers out of me, I've never had trouble making them, it's always keeping them that's been the problem. I could on and on with a list of many many things which I think are wrong with me, so am I just being a dramatic hypochondriac or is it something I should look into. Oh and there is no way I'm telling my family about any of this. If anyone can help, please let me know. Thanks
Probably there's nothing wrong with you. You are just being yourself. IT is not necessary to feel extremely guilty every time one makes a mistake. Similarly, it is not necessary that something is wrong mentally when you are not able to deal with certain situations. It could very well be a normal life process of learning.
You however try to identify any pattern in your most pressing issues. Try to see if you carry too many unrealistic expectations from yourself and from the world. Also, even if you have a long list of things and situations which you think are wrong with you, it may not mean you have to find a separate solution for each of them. You need to identify a common pattern of thoughts if it exists. Ideally you might need to visit a therapist for exploring your thoughts and beliefs about various events. If you are not willing for that, you can try doing that on your own. It might take time, but you can make progress.
Hope this helps. Best Regards.
Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD
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