Hello, friends. In this Q&A episode, I offer my thoughts on two very different but equally important questions relating to seeking help for depression when you feel you’re incapable of talking, and addressing the feeling of being a bad/inconsiderate friend and person in general.
Hope you do well. Well, I am a 28 years old woman, and I think I have depression. I took some online depression tests and the results said that I may have a severe depression. I feel sad most of the time, cry every day en route to work, I feel exhausted but because of my perfectionism I continue my routines, of course with no enthusiasm anymore. I have always been against the notion of suicide, but lately I began to think about it and that scared the hell out of me. I am actually aware of my problems, the reasons I feel depressed and stressed are very obvious to me. I even know the ways that I can make myself feel better and I have tried them all but there was no progress. I have been thinking to go to a therapist, but the problem is that I can’t talk to anybody about my feelings. Not even to my fiance, it is not because he or others don’t understand. Actually, I know that they would be very supportive, the problem is me. I am incapable of talking, I can’t express myself without feeling shit afterwards. I keep blaming myself why did you talk, or why did you cry and…
I told you all these to ask you what should I do? can I just go to a doctor for medical help, not the talking part? I just need these awful feelings to go away…
Thanks in advance, love your podcast.
How do you fight off feelings of being a bad person? Lately I’ve been struggling with feeling like a bad friend, daughter, student, employee, etc. etc. I tend to forget to respond to texts and go periods of time without checking in on people (ex: me and my dad go weeks without talking sometimes, he lives far away and we both don’t text well and I don’t like phone calls). I also just feel like I can be selfish sometimes (ex: a guy I dated for a short while that I ended things with wants to be friends and I didn’t want to say no – I don’t have anything against him – but I get annoyed when talking with him so much so I don’t engage that much and then just imagine that doesn’t feel great for him). I feel like people think I’m a bad person because I keep doing things that are kind of shitty (ex: housesitting for a family member and inviting people over – nothing bad happened, just feels disrespectful to not ask and they have a ring doorbell so they know people were over). I don’t know if I’m overemphasizing these things in my head because when I try to think through it, there’s nothing huge that I’ve done that was bad but just a bunch of little inconsiderate things that add up. I just feel like shit about all of this. Sorry for the long-ass message, thank you for everything you do.
Episode 274 – Related Posts
As well as listening to the podcast, you can also find my thoughts on the questions in written format in these related posts!
Question 1 – I Can’t Talk About My Feelings: Is Therapy Still An Option? – Duff The Psych
Question 2 – How do you fight off feelings of being a bad person? – Duff The Psych
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