I Shut Down When Life Becomes Overwhelming

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    I don't know what to do about it.

    I become a different person and I hate it. I hate myself even more whenever I shut down. I've tried breathing, but that doesn't work. I've tried taking a break, and that doesn't work either. It seems that harming and punishing myself is how I cope. But I don't want to do that...
    Singlemother78 Singlemother78
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 27, 2015

    I do. I really do because I don't know what

    else to do. but I know it makes things worse its just hard not to shut down
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Aug 24, 2015

    I'm struggling to keep it together

    but I'm on the verge of shutting down. So many things to deal with. I feel like I'm falling apart.
    DeletedDeletedDeleted DeletedDeletedDeleted
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Mar 26, 2014


    I'm the little black weeble bug that rolls into a ball when touched. I hide with hopes that it will all disappear but generally when I open my eyes the monsters have only grown. It's worse when they get so big that I can't possibly fight back and then the cycle begins.
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Mar 5, 2008
    thatbubblebitch360 thatbubblebitch360
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 8, 2015

    My grandpa raised me

    and he's currently in critical condition in the hospital and they don't know if he's going to live or not he's been in there for weeks and I can't take it I've been having nightmares and sleeping about a solid five hours a night if that, and I don't hardly feel hungry and I've...
    deleted deleted
    Nov 23, 2015

    My Life From Abuse To Healing

    my life is so much better i have my own house its almost been 2 years my deperssion is better i am still in councling , from the abuse from my childhood and 20 years with a abusive man . i am in a happy marrage of almost 5 years , now iam a auther of the book the shades of grace...
    lunnas lunnas
    41-45, F
    Aug 14, 2010

    I used to. But I know I always got me no matter

    what. Ride or Die. I Ride for me and as long as I will remember that than there's nothing I can't do. Cheesy or not it's true.
    FreightTrainOG FreightTrainOG
    22-25, M
    Apr 4, 2015

    One of the worst things I do,

    and it puts me behind so much. I wish I knew how to just calmly handle everything going on, but instead, I get depressed, emotional, angry, and cold.. Is there anyone out there that I can talk to? :(
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Sep 2, 2014

    I Want To Be Alone....i Think

    Suffering with depression and PTSD for eight years....the medication merry-go-round. When things start getting to be too much for me to deal with, when things start going wrong...spiraling out of control, when my anxiety is through the sky, I usually find a place just to be alone...
    ilove2tri ilove2tri
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Jan 1, 2013

    Dont Know Why!

    Whenever something in my life overwhelms me....I just want to crawl up in a corner and shut everything and everyone out. I am feeling this way right now. I dont feel like sleeping....I dont feel like dealing with anything or anyone. When I feel like Im falling apart I just want...
    picgirl picgirl
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Jan 13, 2008

    Introvert... Comes with the territory:) I'm

    much more comfortable in my head than I am around other people. I have an ongoing commentary running in my mind that plays alongside conversations I have with people. Lol
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jul 26, 2015
    TooTricky2Trick TooTricky2Trick
    41-45, M
    Mar 27, 2016

    When I feel overwhelmed I just want run

    and hide. I want to go in the woods or a quiet beach and sit a look at nature. I keep everything looking good on the outside (work) and shut down on the personal side.
    smurphette smurphette
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 23, 2014

    I am so overwhelmed and am shutting down.

    I don't even know where to begin... My family is very dysfunctional with severe enmeshment and co-dependency issues, which is why I probably fell in love with a controlling man who is both physically and mentally abusive... He has lived with me for other a year now, barely...
    VegasOnyxxx VegasOnyxxx
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Oct 17, 2014

    I took a personality test today.

    Apparently my type is INFP. It was pretty scary accurate. It told me I was a good writer, so I think I'm going to become one. I haven't been sure of many things in my life. But one thing I have known for quite a while is that I love writing. There is something about it that...
    okjackie okjackie
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 6, 2014
    Cheeks2014 Cheeks2014
    36-40, F
    Apr 24, 2014

    I'm deathly afraid of messing up

    and forgetting to do a step for college and having my application withdrawn And I'm afraid that I'll default on loans because of my parents' income And I'm afraid I won't be able to change my major to engineering And I'm afraid I won't find a job and I'll end up living with my...
    Kimbahbay Kimbahbay
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 2, 2015

    Can't see any light today.

    Just going through motions. No connected to reality numbness overwhelming me.
    Sunrise13 Sunrise13
    36-40, F
    Sep 13, 2014

    College Stress

    When I was doing my A Levels earlier this year,I had a mountain of coursework to complete in a week,and I was stressed out with my boyfriend and the relationship with my best mate,who felt that I was drifting away from God because I was engaging in a sexual relationship...
    orangeblossom89 orangeblossom89
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 16, 2008

    I sit on the bathroom floor trying to collect

    my thoughts. My body shaking, choking on my tears. The thoughts whiz around in my head till I find something to focus on. I start ticking off the number of times I've felt this way. I can't seem to bring myself to understand why I feel this way. I feel exposed. I feel like when...
    momomonster23 momomonster23
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 28, 2014

    I can't handle stress at all.

    All I can do is shut down and spend some time alone. Otherwise I end up having a panic attack.
    purpleglitter01 purpleglitter01
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 26, 2016

    Life is so full of ups

    and downs. Un-fair unexpected twists and turns. One thing is certain though, I am beyond grateful for my loving boyfriend who doesn't mind being a shoulder I can cry on when things get hard. For me lately, it seems when things seem like they are getting good, they fall apart. I...
    Anonymouscoast Anonymouscoast
    1 Response Apr 28, 2015


    It's an involuntary reflex, as natural as recoiling from a flame.  As soon as life offends my senses, I'm gone.  I struggle to stay aware, but awareness is painful.  I know the correct actions, but do not act on my instincts.  I sink deep into bad...
    Egoberd Egoberd
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Oct 18, 2009

    I wish I could figure out whats wrong with me,

    I can't stop pushing people away (unintentionally) and I had a really great evening yesterday and I don't have the motivation anymore to even tell my best friend about it :/ I just randomly get hateful and depressed and I hate it :(
    deleted deleted
    May 5, 2014

    I just can't keep up with everything.

    There is too much to do, and too many goals that need to be accomplished, and too many things I need to fix about myself. And all the while I just want to retreat and be still. I wish I wasn't such a perfectionist so that every little thing that isn't perfect wouldn't add to my...
    seejoule seejoule
    26-30, F
    Oct 28, 2014

    Wasn't like this before.

    I could tackle any problem. But life is truly hell now, and I don't even know where to start. And my inability to impact change in my own life irritates me, which makes me unhappier...welcome to my vicious circle.
    sassyg1rl sassyg1rl
    46-50, F
    1 Response Oct 20, 2014

    My parents are trying to talk me out in moving

    to another school in another city. This is going to be the second time but they don't understand how hard it is for me to cope with a new environment again. Now, I'm currently blocking them out since they don't understand anything but putting up a new business in that place, it...
    despitebeingdifferent despitebeingdifferent
    18-21, F
    May 20, 2014


    exhausted mentally of the world around me... seems like laziness and bitterness has swallowed the entirety of man kind.... seems like everyone only thinks of themselves... what is this black whole we call humanity? One day someones your "best friend" and the next no where to be...
    IzabelKincade IzabelKincade
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jun 1, 2013


    Whenever I get really upset, I just try to sleep for as long as I can. Sometimes I wish somebody would just knock me unconscious for a few days.
    paperalias paperalias
    22-25, F
    Nov 21, 2007

    No better feeling than being ignored

    and tossed to the side. I am not sure what to think anymore. I get disappointed because I feel like I give, and it feels like the other person is about the...what's in it for me...business. Right now I don't want to do anything or go anywhere. I think I could be headed into the...
    SailorsAngel SailorsAngel
    41-45, F
    1 Response Aug 24, 2015

    I don't shut down physically,

    not completely anyway. I'm an introvert so I guess it comes as a package deal. When life gets overwhelming I shut down mentally and shut out anyone who tries to "help" me.
    Josimms23 Josimms23
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 31, 2015

    So i haven't been on here lately

    because I've felt super stressed out and a little depressed. I don't know what to do anymore.
    ThatWallflower ThatWallflower
    18-21, F
    Jun 20, 2014

    I have so many things to do,

    but I can't seem to do any of them. I know I'm depressed, or just sad ... but I've never felt so useless. But the list of things I have to do is overwhelming ... and instead of doing them, I just go to bed. I'm thirsty, but I can't go downstairs for anything. I'm too exhausted...
    zoe1969 zoe1969
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 10, 2015

    I won't talk to the therapist about this problem

    because it has to do with someone I love. I don't want to be told I'm wrong and I'm stupid. I don't want to hear that things will never work out. I am keeping all of this to myself. I just keep going through each day waiting for it to end. I won't leave my house until I...
    PinkHeartCrystals PinkHeartCrystals
    41-45, F
    Jul 8, 2015

    I think I am beginning to shut down

    yet again. It's summer, the kids are home, I need another job to pay my bills but I can't find anything, I am exhausted every day, even with more than 8 hours of sleep, my husband and I don't like each other, I need to lose weight, I need to exercise but I hate exercise and I'm...
    PinkHeartCrystals PinkHeartCrystals
    41-45, F
    Jun 6, 2015

    Just found out my dads cancer is back.

    .. I can't do this... He is one of the few people who understands how I feel about life... I can't do this... The doctor said if it comes back within 5 years his life prognosis doesn't look good... Melanoma.... I can't loose him when life is just starting to turn around for us...
    maggielue maggielue
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Jan 6, 2014

    Lately I've been feeling overwhelmed,

    with what feels like everyone on my case. We want to go camping, well let's go? Why must I plan everything? Something that has been stuck in my head; Granted I know my friend is being a little moody lately, but she said I was mean and that she was sensitive too? I'm like whaat...
    littlejxoxo littlejxoxo
    26-30, F
    Jul 22, 2015


    there are days that are just sooo hard...when i just want to listen to music, and sleep...or just try to block my mind off things, and be away from people...
    mistyeyedlass mistyeyedlass
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 14, 2008

    I haven't left my house in 3 days.

    I've felt overwhelmed and depressed. I'm probably in trouble at work because Friday I couldn't bring myself to go in. I'm also falling behind because of how I'm feeling. I haven't slept or ate right in weeks. Knowing I have to go out that door and face the world today is the...
    Sassynchic Sassynchic
    31-35, F
    3 Responses May 5, 2014

    Rise Of The Dead Man

    Six years ago life became: so overwhelming, so brutal, so difficult to handle that I shut down. I died inside and the ruthless, coldblooded, methodical almost masochistic personality that arose in my place was a dead man walking. My life reached a nightmare state where my dreams...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Oct 9, 2009

    It's All Good!

    I don't mean it's good to shut down and disconnect with life and love ones. When I shut down, I shut down body, soul and mind. I lay around, and become a zombie. But good does come from my shut downs. While I am in this mode, all of a sudden, I hear the voice of reason, love...
    MorningBreeze MorningBreeze
    56-60, F
    1 Response Aug 13, 2011

    I just crash every ******* time.

    I hate myself. Is there any place where i can dump myself so no one would be ever disappointed again when I power up for a while just to crash a bazillion times????
    LolaHaze9 LolaHaze9
    26-30, F
    1 Response Aug 29, 2015

    I have a very promising career.

    .. But, most of the time.. Things are happening too fast.. I am trying to keep up, I really do... I even surpass my targets.. But way deep down, I am tired. I just wish that things would slow down a bit. I want to enjoy my life. I don't want to be the cause of my own downfall...
    QueenCersei08 QueenCersei08
    31-35, F
    1 Response Mar 22, 2014

     the timid can master cowardice ,

    success doesn't  equal  greatness
    miimii0069 miimii0069
    31-35, F
    Sep 6, 2015

    I Am Shutting Down

      I just cant do it any more pretend isam not hurting becalse iam . iam sutting down emotionally becalse all this is driving me crazy and the more I get hurt the more I don’t know how many times I can come back from being hurt iam tired iam week today . I cant play...
    lunnas lunnas
    41-45, F
    Jul 13, 2008

    Back And Forth Forever

    I feel unsatisfied. I know exactly what to say, and exactly what I should be doing... yet I can't bring myself to say it. I shut down and wait too long. I let thoughts build up, while I break down. I just get so overwhelmed with everything that's going on that sometimes I can't...
    magickalveneer magickalveneer
    22-25, F
    19 Responses Jul 10, 2013
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