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I Feel Emotionally Detached

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    I do not understand why people attribute my

    burnout in med school to "too much emotional investment with patients". Not my case. I get that patients and their families have intense apprehensions when they go to a hospital. I acknowledge that in them, then proceed to do my work in order to help them. Most of my stress...
    twelves twelves 22-25 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I Don't Feel Important Feelings Anymore.

    A long time ago, when i was quite small, my grandmother died, and i remember the funeral, and sitting by her graveside, with the casket at the bottom, and i remember crying my eyes out. Her death meant something to me, something powerful, and i felt it.That is the last time i...
    MrWinstonSmith MrWinstonSmith 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 8, 2013

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    I'M So Emotionally Distant.

    Lately I've become much more emotionally distant. I guess I've always been introverted but learned to hide it over the years? Around my "circle of friends" at school I am unreserved. People tend to describe me as funny and generous. But I'd have no problem sitting in my room by...
    lenoen lenoen 16-17 3 Responses Mar 15, 2013

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    emotionally and just detached in general.

    I don't feel the need to do things considered "normal" at my age. examples: College isn't that high of a priority for me, neither is dating (never really has been), neither is getting married or having kids. I feel like I don't want to follow this straight set path for me, Im...
    graveyardghosty graveyardghosty 18-21, F Oct 21

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    Lately.

    I don't know what brought this on. Everything just seems so distant right now. Things that should make me happy or sad hardly elicit any reaction at all. The smiles are a facade, and the laughter is fleeting. I don't like it. Yes, it prevents me from being to broken up about...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 23, 2008

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    I Feel Emotionally Detached...

    H'okay, I need to bite the bullet and write this. I don't really feel up to writing this, but I'm forcing myself to do it. So... Hi, I'm Luke, 6'3", 15 years old, male, from Illinois, yeah. I feel like an idiot writing this on the internet, I feel like I have no life, but it...
    thatsmypie thatsmypie 13-15, M 2 Responses Sep 12, 2010

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    I can't remember a moment in my life

    where I felt love or happiness. I'm either sad, numb or detached from reality. I don't feel emotionally close to my family, and I'm not sure why. My childhood wasn't the best, but I know my parents tried as best they could. I think the abandonment I felt as a child is hindering...
    sansabri sansabri 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 4

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    What Is Wrong With Me....

    this story refers ot a friend of mine in real life, i wish to disclose her name so to avoid confusion i will be placing " " around words like "she" and "her" to keep it private. please forgive me for my impropor grammer today at my school a tragety has unfolded, durring fourth...
    Shadowwalker256 Shadowwalker256 18-21, M 3 Responses Sep 18, 2012

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    Desecration

    I have wrote a bit about the volatile childhood I had. Survivor of every type of abuse there is, I am.. notice I said survivor..not victim. I don't want the pity that victim seems to illicit. I don't need it, and it won't help me. Understanding, ..empathy.. yes. Sympathy...no...
    MissBehaviour MissBehaviour 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2012

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    I'm at a point in my life,

    where I don't care about losing friends or relationships. I don't even speak to some of my family and to be honest I'm not losing any sleep over it. People come and go. It is what it is. I'm no here to chase people down and beg for their friendship or loyalty or compassion. If...
    BriannaElise BriannaElise 18-21, F Mar 26

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    Disarray!

    I am very emotionally detached from everyone around me. I believe this is coming from when my sister that I was closest to was in a accident about 6 yrs ago. She has permanent brain damage & has a somewhat different personality. All my plans for the future were surronded with...
    Ladyo8 Ladyo8 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 16, 2009

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    The Recent Detachment Experience

     Lately I feel like I'm operating purely on instinct.  The days are running together, and I kinda feel like I'm not completely there.  I don't have a roommate this year (in my dorm), and a good portion of my friends graduated last year, so I'm wondering if that has...
    veritasaequitas veritasaequitas 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 1, 2009

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    Every time a person may show interest in me,

    it goes well and is exciting until they want to share an emotional connection with me. I love learning and hearing about people's lives and problems, but the moment someone wants to understand me at a deeper level, it's like someone throws water on a toaster. I immediately...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 24

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    I Feel So Utterly Detached

    I've been ill recently, and no one has a diagnosis yet, but I just can't understand why I feel so detached, it all seems so unreal, through all the pain and worry, everyone is so worried but I'm just empty. I've started a course at university I am really enjoying but it doesn't...
    angryt angryt 22-25, F Nov 12, 2008

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    Detachment

     If you grow up around people who are detached, you become cursed with detachment. 
    Whatusernameisavailable Whatusernameisavailable 18-21 2 Responses Jan 16, 2009

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    Rejection And Family Abandonment

    My story is too painful and I'm trying to put past behind. Needless to say that childhood rejection esp by family has left me with deep rooted feelings of distrust and fear as well as resentment. If anyone spiritual out there wants to befriend this emotionally fragile British...
    yumi1 yumi1 36-40, F Jul 13, 2012

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    I've really been feeling the absence of my humanity lately. It's sort of strange. I feel free, yet empty. Like all of my energy has been unleashed, but was then encompassed by a...
    BloodofAmara BloodofAmara 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    I think it started in a small way several months ago, but I put that down to stress, as I have been working hard for some very important examinations these last few months. They...
    classicminx classicminx 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I would love to be nothing. It would help relieve a lot of stress and pain and I wouldn't have to worry so much anymore. Unfortunately, being nothing isn't an option at the moment...
    BloodofAmara BloodofAmara 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I know I don't. I don't know what to do. I'm stuck on this earth. I just want it to go away. I've always been too different to have acceptance or love. Every single person has...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I have been answering the same answers to so many people here. So, I thought perhaps I should write a story about it to reach more people to also become more aware of their mind...
    AngelicLights AngelicLights 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 9

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    yeah hormones! noo im not prego. its just that time. and well mother nature can take even the most psycho of psychos and calm her fown. and make her want to be all cuddly and lovey...
    PsychoBitch69 PsychoBitch69 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 9

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    I been working two jobs now since Sept and you know what the passed two days now I feel emotionally out of it been thinking more and more about my husband and I haven't been...
    monica0215 monica0215 51-55, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I feel emotionally exhausted my bf dumps his kids on me, the majority of the time they are major brats. I'm about 7 months pregnant and we can't decide on a name for our son, he...
    hartbri12 hartbri12 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 7

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    I am emotionally barren. I have no fvcks to give. Nothing. Just a big void of nothingness. Emptiness. I do not want to talk about my feelings. There is nothing there. I do not feel...
    CloakedInApathy CloakedInApathy 70+, F 2 Responses Nov 17

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    Some days I dread facing another day, as if life is suppose to feel this way or hurt this way. I have wasted five years of my young life supporting and giving myself to a wolf in...
    blessedgradgirl blessedgradgirl 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 12

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    Okay, I don't really know if this counts as emotional abuse or not but I want to let things out in a healthier way. My mother has 2 modes. Nice or mean. Nowadays, she's normally...
    Dove06 Dove06 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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    I don't think that there is any better feeling than being completely emotionally honest... without holding anything back. I don't mean to just "go wild" and do and say whatever...
    astro00 astro00 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 6

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    I've never been in a relationship longer than the one I'm in currently, which is not long compared to the many years others have had. For the year that we have been together, we've...
    ephemeralise ephemeralise 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 9

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    A little set up for you: I'm a 19 year old girl. Portuguese. Lived in England most of my life. Born in SA. Confident in my appearance. I write. I draw (at university, so it's legit...
    exulansis exulansis 18-21, F Nov 3

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    Hi, I'm new to EP but feel I need to talk about the mentally and emotionally abusive relationship I was in for 7 years. I thought he was the love of my life. But pretty well from...
    Pridestar73 Pridestar73 41-45, F Nov 19

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    I need to know if other people also get like this or whether I really am just weird. I've read all the other experiences on here and they're all about mistrust in relationships...
    missradders07 missradders07 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 29

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    For the past few weeks after my mom had her breast cancer surgery I've been really down. I have to take care of her on top of my school work. No one really understands how I feel...
    kaceeeytl kaceeeytl 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 3

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    I sit at Berwick, waiting for "friends", as I write this and I've come to the realisation that I can't continue to miss you. I can't keep wondering if you're ok and I can't put...
    Jenezebel Jenezebel 26-30, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    School is killing my self esteem. I'm starting to feel really upset and I even cried yesterday and I couldn't stop at all. I'm trying my hardest but when I hve a teacher telling...
    WeCouldBeDead WeCouldBeDead 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 6

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    I go to court tomorrow for custody of my children to be given to my ex husband's mother. The only reason is because I was homeless and could not afford proper housing. I've worked...
    enoughizenough enoughizenough 26-30, F 6 Responses Oct 28

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    My ex was emotionally abusive through out our relationship. He would get angry every time I didn't do something he wanted. He would curse at me, tell me I wasn't attractive, and he...
    forevereternal9 forevereternal9 22-25, F 7 Responses Oct 29

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    I have made many gud friends.I love EP.But if anyone leaves then I feel so horrible.In real life also I get emotionally attached to people so easily.
    genuineangel genuineangel 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 1

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    My step mom emotionally abuses me. I'm not sure if she understands how much it hurts, but she does it consistently. I am the bad child in my family, I have accepted that I guess...
    LittlemsA LittlemsA 13-15, F 6 Responses Nov 3

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    I am emotionally selfish and so is the world. I have realized that nobody is really selfless. This realization made me even more emotionally distant because I despise this truth...
    SelfUnaware SelfUnaware 18-21 Nov 8

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    Tonight I realized that I'm not emotionally stable. I thought I passed this, but I didn't. My depression struck with a passion, and then one of my friendships changed and I'm...
    shadow2233 shadow2233 18-21, M Nov 17

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    by the end of the week, i usually feel this way. after five days, the stress of junior year high school amounts to more than i can handle and i usually feel myself literally going...
    daydreamer27 daydreamer27 16-17, F Nov 7

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    Do you ever feel like you don't belong here? In a place, in a situation, among people, indeed anywhere. Like, you should be living some other life? When I sit in my room at night...
    TheHeartOfALovingSoul TheHeartOfALovingSoul 22-25, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I look depressed on the outside. On the inside I am about to ******* explode. For years I wake up as tired as when I went to sleep. My nightmares leave me frantic. I can't move...
    Tantalustay Tantalustay 22-25, M Oct 31

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    I hate feeling things, I hate it when my feelings get involve, I hate getting mad, I hate feeling sad, I hate love. Everybody thinks I'm heartless and brutal. I have this wall that...
    MaryJay712 MaryJay712 16-17, F Nov 4

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    I joined Experience Project because - well for a whole swirling storm of reasons, but the common thread is - I have never really felt able to SHARE what's going on inside me. 1...
    elevating elevating 36-40, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I feel really depressed all of the sudden. I try to think there must be a reason. I do have a lot of factors. I feel stuck in a bad home situation, one where I can't keep up and it...