I recently feel like I just snapped. I do not know how else to explain it. It is as if I no longer feel much emotions anymore. I feel numb. When I usually would cry, I just stare into space instead. I feel more like a robot (emotionless) than anything else. I have no health insurance at the moment and I make too much income to qualify for assistance. How has others dealt with it? Therapy and medications are not options for me right now. My suicidal thoughts also have… read more
@A MyDepressionTeam Member I have been numb for quite sometime I worked with my counsellor on it so when you get back to been able to talk with your therapist mention it to him or her. In the mean time start with little things like grounding yourself by getting in touch with your body and how things feel like the ground under your feet and dirt between your toes and things like that then say to yourself what it feels like to you e.g. It is gritty it is hard it is hot things like that describe it. take note of how you walk and if you walk like your on autopilot look at things around you and admire them as you go take note of what excites you or that you use to love doing but haven't been doing them for quite sometime and make time and do them whatever it is it doesn't matter. I found I didn't even know when I was smile or not so my counsellor got me to screw my face up as tight as I could and release them and do that often then practise smiling or the sad face things like that and keep doing that till you recognise that you are doing it. Do it regularly and everyday till you do feel it and recognise it. Do the same kind of thing with your different parts of the body like legs arms etc tense and relax them regularly take note of what you are doing with your hands and legs and how it feels it could even be I am washing my hands and it feels and you describe how it feels. The first step to over coming the numbness is becoming aware of your body and how it is working and going through actions etc and just getting in touch with it all. After you have done all that it is working with the mind and the heart which is a lot more trickier so master this then you move on to the head and heart. Try it and let me know how it goes but give it time and don't rush it as it wont work if you do. Note down any changes you find and recognise after doing it each time. Report back to me in say a month or 2 how it is going. Try some mindfulness exercises as well.
at times I am numb but most of the time I feel too much...but I hang onto the hope that "this too shall pass"
I feel this often, some think I’m rude for not responding like a clown, some think I’m not interested but to be honest, it HURTS to squeeze out emotion like it’s a shock to my system when it doesn’t want to. I’ve looked a lot into Seretonin, dopemine and endorphins to help naturally. Type in ... ‘Hacking into your happy chemicals’.
It’s really helpful on what goals to set and motivates you. You’ve all got this if you dig deep. xxx
My medications make me numb. The alternative is crying hysterically, extreme paranoia, complete isolation. So in short I must live numb. It is disturbing however that I can no longer cry. Be it a death even. no signs of outward emotion. Everything is internalized.
I have medication resistant depression and am currently on 2 antidepressants and 1 mood stabilizer. After reading your story, Ive realized that the numbness I always feel may be not from the meds, but from the depression, itself. I’ve been reading stories and comments and never realized that flat affect is a depression symptoms. I don’t laugh, I don’t cry. I just feel like a robot... like you said.
Thank You for your post. I have to discuss my lack of emotions with my doctor. Maybe I’m being over medicated.... addressing this symptom that has not resolved is important.