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I Feel Emotionally Detached

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Everyone Once In A While

    There's a pattern, every single year without fail I become very detached, two or perhaps three times per annum. No idea when it started but it happily persists. It's not a sudden, complete pulling of a plug, but rather a trickling disconnection of a multitude of plugs. Once upon...
    Ebisur Ebisur 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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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 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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    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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    Does Everyone Go Through It?

    I take comfort knowing that I'm not the only one, but at the same time, it agitates me that it's common, and that no one can help me with it. I'll just have to wait it out like everyone else I suppose. I hope. Sometimes I forget that others who look content, happy, or excited...
    1 Response Feb 14, 2013

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    ......I don't even know what to say anymore, I just feel empty, lonely, and becoming detached. I guess I should just accept that fact that you'll never be able to truly tell...
    HeartStrings3 HeartStrings3 18-21, F Sep 3

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    I feel nothing. I dont feel happy nor sad nor anger nor excited. Everything just flat. I have no passion and dont know what to do. I go to work everyday, deal with things that need...
    rheos rheos 26-30, F Aug 22

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    I was in the shower staring at the wall and I saw a lot of water droplets just falling slowly at the same time down the wall... And I started thinking about time...the very idea...
    Skollon Skollon 18-21, F 10 hrs ago

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    I kind of feel detached emotionally from everything lately. People particularly. Friends. I also kind of feel ill today. I have physical sick feelings but also bad mental feelings...
    Avotica Avotica 18-21, F Aug 19

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    If you finish reading this and provide advice, suggestions, or insight - I will think the world of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. So this is complicated and I'm not...
    CloseItForSure CloseItForSure 31-35, M 3 Responses Sep 2

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    It feels like I'm slathered in murky bland river-weeds which are a testament to my suffocating neutrality. I'm sitting here while people try to converse and motivate me back above...
    Mittons Mittons 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 6

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      My grandmother told me she would be willing to disown me for falling in love with a black man. This is the most extreme and traumatic example of how she treats me on a...
    twiztedrune twiztedrune 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    sometimes I become so detached and unemotional , I feel nothing ... ?
    laura0101 laura0101 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 4

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    i have no one by my side and it is almost exclusively my own fault. I never share personal information about my self to anyone. In fear of how they will take it, and i do not want...
    Jane059 Jane059 18-21 Aug 22

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    i have no one by my side and it is almost exclusively my own fault. I never share personal information about my self to anyone. In fear of how they will take it, and i do not want...
    Jane059 Jane059 18-21 Aug 22

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    i have no one by my side and it is almost exclusively my own fault. I never share personal information about my self to anyone. In fear of how they will take it, and i do not want...
    Jane059 Jane059 18-21 Aug 22

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    My therapist calls it a survival tool from my childhood. I feel everything but don't let it rise to the surface of conscious thought. I become a creature of intellect and logic...
    ausofbounds ausofbounds 41-45, M Sep 2

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    It's got to get easier doesn't it? I don't know how long I can take this constant gnawing in my chest, this anxious, painful feeling like something scratching under my skin. I'm...
    Ribsy83 Ribsy83 31-35, F 17 hrs ago

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    Someone admitted that i scared him off...i was being me. Another person put me off for a movie with a friend on a scheduled meet up. Another one wanted to meet me but then turned...
    redphoenix02 redphoenix02 22-25, F Aug 18

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    It's hard to explain, but sometimes I just shut down completely emotionally. I don't see it coming it just happens and literally ignore everyone. I go into almost 'autopilot' and...
    youaretheonlyexception youaretheonlyexception 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 8

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    It's too true! If I can tell that something I said has emotionally effected someone in a negative way. I want to die. I want to go back in time kill myself before I hurt that...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I have very few happy memories of my childhood. Firstly, because of the toxicity of my home situation, I wasn't a very pleasant child. I bullied someone and was generally rude...
    33dulling 33dulling 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I love my husband but he's not romantic. I know he loves me but I wish he wanted to do things for me without anything in it for him. Sometimes I just feel like his maid, cook, womb...
    marriedtomrunromantic marriedtomrunromantic 26-30 8 hrs ago

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    I'm working really hard to explore myself and change my reality. I'm stuck but I've been looking back to see where I got stuck and why. I'm preventing history from repeating itself...
    jaylow13 jaylow13 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 20

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    Let me first start off by saying I am a natural worrier. By this, I mean my life wouldn't feel right or I would be bored if I didn't worry. Granted, it takes its' toll on me but I...
    Cherrybean84 Cherrybean84 26-30, F 5 days ago

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    I think my husband may have some mental illness but he refuses to go to the doctors and refuses to take medication We haven't been close physically or emotionally in years heck we...
    Virgo1981 Virgo1981 31-35, F Aug 18

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    Where do I start, how do I not blame myself, how did I let things get like this. We've been together for 8 years (not legally married) and have a six and seven year old. Things...
    1forever 1forever 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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    Its in a humans nature to look for happiness isn't it? And even if you find it. you will always look for something else. Always. I'm no different. I'm selfish for being depressed...
    Trishfish19 Trishfish19 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 23

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    I have two rather close friends and sometimes I feel like when I talk to them about how I feel ..they don't understand or want to for that matter especially my one friend in...
    lostinfire lostinfire 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 26

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    You know who you are, you're the one I lay in bed every night thinking about, the one I met online, and fell in love with. Your name is Dylan, we met on an app called hot or not...
    KoolKandon KoolKandon 13-15, M 1 Response Aug 27

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    I never thought I would have to search a place where I can share my feelings but trust this is a better place then talking to family and friends where you can't really open up. I...
    meyara meyara 31-35, F Aug 28

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    Doctors have always told me I had slim to no chance of ever getting pregnant, but as I have recently realized doctors are not always right. In April-May of 2013 I had an extreme...
    hhgarfeildd hhgarfeildd 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    I need to document this. This is when I start wondering if I'm really bipolar, which I don't want to be. I've been having a serious bout of depression since the end of July. A...
    awolf13 awolf13 36-40, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    I feel unwanted because no one seems to notice me. I just deleted my profile on a dating site because no one bothered to message me or even message me back. I have been hurt...
    redphoenix02 redphoenix02 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    A Bridge Across the Pain. I remember one morning when I was three and sitting across the table from my father at breakfast, just he and I, when for no reason I could think of he...
    Steffi97 Steffi97 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 19

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    I'm in my young teens and am very anxious and excited about my future, but this is because I managed to recover from depression. During my secondary school years I made a lot of...
    KaiWong KaiWong 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 28

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    It does seem that way. It seems like what "happiness" i seem to feel is always so short lived. then i go into this numb like state that at times can turn painful emotionally. it...
    SadisticBitch SadisticBitch 31-35, F Sep 1

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    I feel mad at the world and super duper suicidal. Everybody's out to get me and there all gonna hurt me. Nobody gives a sh!t about me. It's becoming unbearable to try and keep...
    blahlahblah599 blahlahblah599 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 5

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    It infiltrates itself into everything. I cannot escape it, I cannot get over it as much as I try I just can't get the stench out of my life. It's been almost 4 months ago that I...
    99hello99 99hello99 31-35, F 2 days ago