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    Why am I isolating myself?

    Lately I've been isolating myself from my friends ever since I had what seemed like a break down when I was sixteen and after leaving school I lost all interest in the things I loved as well as cut contact with my friends. Its made it increasingly difficult to even bother waking up every morning and I've also been having incredible difficulty falling to sleep at night, the most recent thing that's been bothering me is now that I'm 18 I can't bring myself to leave the house to find a job, there are other things as well but they are minor (Sorry if this is hard to read I write it as best I can)
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    Dr Pek Ang

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    Specialist Psychiatrist - management of Depression and Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Bipolar, ADHD, Autism, Mood and Anger problems and Personality Disorders. Management of Psychological problems associated ... View Profile

    Sounds like it could be Depression.  It can suck the life out of you, stop you from sleeping and leave you just flat and merely existing.  Sometimes it can run in families too.

    If you haven't consulted a GP who has excellent Mental Health skills....I would encourage you to do so.  The condition can be fully treated with a combination of treatments and needs to be treated to remission to prevent relapse or chronic symptoms

    If you do not recover completely, I would see a Psychiatrist in your area who can assess you fully and set up a comprehensive treatment plan.  This may involve seeing a Psychologist and the GP as well.

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