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by Nathan C:

fresh out of high school and suddenly I notice I have no plans... lost my job and everything seems so unreal. I went to the doctors and got a MRI scan, and it was normal. I think for sure that there is something truly wrong with me. I have lost confidence in myself and life doesn't seem to be worth it? This doesn't make any sense. My energy levels are down to nothing. I don't like working. I sleep like 12+ hours. Now some days I feel ok but a majority of them I don't. I don't get excited in the things I use to love because they are not progressing me to any goals. Some days I feel like my time is up... I don't eat. I may just be going crazy... If this is a phase somebody let me know because otherwise I don't know what to do. I refuse to see a psychiatrist because its not that I don't want help...but I am sick of thinking that words can really heal me. I may sound like someone who can make a negative out of nothing but...I truly do want some clarity on this surreal sense I have each and everyday. anyone know? I'm 19 years old and I think I should be full of energy and living and being optimistic

Answer by dschmidty412
times are rough and poor I am working part time and making it. Why cant you?
Selfish for you to harm yourself and to be so depressed. It will get better.

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it's normal. when i was 18 i was convinced i would die by the age of 21 for ssome reason. i was even drawing my tombstone in pictures.
However i started getting involved in many activities (gym, scocializing, various hobby lessons etc) and i got my mind off it.
i eventually got married, have 2 kids, and when i looked back in to my school notebooks i laughed about that period where i thought i was dying.
you just need hobbies and more socializing

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hey mate,
What's happening? Do you have friends to talk to? Try going out and find friends or indulge is a hobby. If its too hard for you to do any of these try running or jogging... I know the world is tough but that is how it is.... it is up to you to seize the day after all what you do today would have an effect tomorrow.... come on... you are young and you have a big world to conquer...

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A week ago I was feeling the same, my parents lost a lot of money that was supposed to be for my future education, and I was back to nothing. I lost my job and I was feeling so unproductive that I became a little bit of a pessimist. But a Veterans day event inspired me to join the navy. Not trying to recruit you, but look and see what the armed forces has to offer, such as housing, full health care, collage scholarships, and much more. It has really given my hope for my future and I hope it does the same to you if you consider joining.

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sounds to me like u r suffering from depression, you have been through a lot of personal stuff...just leaving school and the safety of its comfort zone is a big thing.
I guess the worlds economy is a big thing for a young person too as the future is very uncertain
In your world everything that was once safe is now gone and you probably can't see anything positive to look forward to.
One thing you sure don't need is a group of people knocking you because of how you are feeling, yes there are people worse of than you in the world but right now, you are what matters and finding some hope and positives are what you need.
I would strongly suggest going back to your GP and maybe getting a referral to a psychologist, not a psychiatrist.
perhaps also look around for some groups for young people in your area so you can start making some new friends
good luck, I hope things get better for you

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Welcome to the land of Depression. Some of us never leave.
Seek out help. It's not words that are going to help you, it's actions. You won't act, until someone supports you enough to stand. That's the job of your therapist, that's why they're there. Talking to them lightens your load, and having them to turn to gives you options you might not otherwise have available to you.
If the first one sucks, dump them and find one that doesn't. I've dealt with this for twenty years (I'm 34 now). I'm not going to say it's easy, but I am going to say there are ways of coping. You just need to have the will to seek them out. Good luck.

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I feel like I'm reading something that I wrote myself. I have had insomnia and a loss for life ever since I started community college (which I then quit). I know there is something wrong with me so next week I will start going to a psychiatrist. I hope that it is just a phase, but I feel like time is slipping away and if I don't do something now I might end up ruining my life. The doctors might help or they might give me meds (which I worry about) but the main thing is that I need someone to realize what I'm going through. I need someone to see that I need help. I believe you and I think that the best thing to do is to talk this through with someone, maybe not a doctor but someone. You need support to get through with things when they seem like they are going nowhere.

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It's a very common thing called depression, your question is like a commericial for a depression ad. NO offense but maybe you should try therapy or tell your PCP that your depressed and they'll give you medication to help ya. Try Lexapro or Celexa these two I have found have like zero side effects (no weight gain, no sexual repressant, no suicide urges...)
Best of luck to you!

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wrong category but we'll help you anyways...apply for a job and set for an over ambitious goal, that way, it can get you motivated. take up a sport or something. you just need some time to think over it yourself. i think the best way to do now is, go to an open field, on a good day and run around, free yourself, let your mind fly and wonder.

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I often feel this way, man! Its no easy because others never understand what you feel no matter what they say. The most realistic thing on planet is your own existance, it is something you could start with for sure, everything else may be false, even the advices of parents or friends. As a human- being at the rise of a new age you have to find a way through the problem and see yourself face to face. I know it's a cliché, but only once in the eternal time of the universe you have the unique chance to be the creature you are right now. The greatest steps are in your hands 😉

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