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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    I cant feel anything and don't have any emotions

    I'm in school the last year before college. I was doing great in school but now I can't study or remember what I'm studying and I realise that I can't feel any emotions - I can't feel happiness or sadness and I couldn't even cry if I wanted to. I feel like I can't do anything in life - I can't have good grades like before and I lost my self-confidence. I'm always thinking low of myself - I was playing basketball and I was the best in my team but now I don't go for training and feel like I don't care for my friends. Even when I'm with my best friend, we talk and laugh but when I laugh it doesn't come from my heart deep down. I don't want to laugh, I always want to be alone and do nothing and push all my friends away. It is driving me crazy because I was always full of hope and happiness and didn't give up easily. This all started 4 months ago.
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    I have been working in Eltham, Melbourne as a relationship and family counsellor for over twelve years. I draw on current theory and research about … View Profile

    It sounds like something has happened in your life a few months ago, that has triggered a very strong response in you. You are describing what may be symptoms of depression - to have this assessed start by going to your GP, who can talk to you about medical and psychological treatments that may help. You may also find it helpful to talk to a counsellor, to have a space where you can explore what happened a few months ago, make sense of your reactions and experiences, so you can be supported to think about how best to move forward. 

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    Lee-Anne is an independent, fully qualified, registered counsellor offering a flexible dedicated counselling service that focuses on the struggles, needs, and empowerment of women. Lee-Anne … View Profile

    The above answer is spot on. It seems there has been something that has triggered a strong emotional response in you, and the symptoms you have described lean toward depression. Please try not to feel down on yourself, depression is something that everyone experiences at some stage in their life. If left untreated, the symptoms of depression can escalate and become serious. You have made a terrific first step by reaching out and asking for advice, one of  the first steps to healing. I would talk to your GP about the way you are feeling and perhaps ask to be referred to a counsellor for one-on-one support. And please remember, it's okay to feel down and to ask for help, it is a sign of strength when doing so. 

    All the very best to you,


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