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I Sometimes Need to Retreat Into a Shell

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 351 People

    To Remind Myself

     its easy to get lost in superficiality and the rules of society. to accept things without question, instead of questioning them instead of just accepting. i step back everyday to remind myself of what i believe in and why. to remind myself of why I'm here and what I'm...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 19, 2009

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    It Was Pointed Out To Me Today...that I Am Doing It Again.

         I thought I was getting better at letting people in. But my dearest bro just pointed it out to me...and lately I have been holding the whole damn world at bay. And now that I think about it...yes I have. And I have no excuse for it. I have...
    luckypickle luckypickle 26-30 3 Responses Dec 29, 2009

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    There Are Times When I Run....

    and I know it isn't the "grown up" thing to do. I also has cost me certain things in my life being this way :-( As with many who may read this story, I have an excuse and a reason for it. I think we all have excuses to make what we do make sense no matter if it is right or wrong...
    MegJgeM MegJgeM 36-40, F 2 Responses May 31, 2010

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    That Is The Way I Am, Too

     Somedays , just like the song "I don't want the world to see me ,Cause I don't think that they'd understand "So I retreat into my shell until I feel ready to face the world again.
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 9, 2010

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    Alot

    I was so overwhelmed last night I felt like I was going to have a total breakdown. EP is my only contact with the world and others so I cant stay away long but I was a bit catatonic for sure. It's not easy hearing someone preparing to die and trying to talk them out of it. I can...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 9, 2009

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    Forgotten, But Not Gone.

    I've spent nearly half of my life struggling with depression. When I first really learned to "retreat into my shell" I felt I had found perhaps the most safe, comforting, wonderful escape from the active threats in my life. Sometimes the elements are too much to handle...
    SaintThursday SaintThursday 26-30 Dec 8, 2009

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    Yeah...

    I'm sorry if some of you guys think I've been a complete jerk lately if I haven't responded to you, but every so often, I just need a time out =| I have to have that alone time to... yolk? yolk back into my usual self, and get nice and comfy again, so I can come back to you 100...
    Infinite9 Infinite9 66-70, F Sep 15, 2012

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    Tonight I Will Do Just That.

    Someone whom I have always loved dearly, looked up to, shared my heart and soul with has left me feeling totally numb. I feel as if I do not know this person anymore. I poured my heart out to you, was nothing but respectful and what I got in return was for the most part absolute...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Oct 1, 2010

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    I Need To Fix Me.

    In my family everyone depends upon me. I am the protector, problem solver, source of funds, the comforter, the healer, the fixer of things. For many years I have played Superman. I am never too tired, sick or busy to not help out. But I am a fraud. I am not invinvible. I hurt, am...
    tomt88101 tomt88101 56-60, M Nov 18, 2009

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    Shell I

    A shell is a nice place to be, but I do not want to live there.A shell, is a warm place, a quiet place, a safe place and a place that requires no conversation or explanation. It can be dark, a place where you won't be disturbed by anything or anyone. A sort of "cocoon" that...
    GILEY GILEY 56-60, T 2 Responses Jan 11, 2010

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    ...

    ...today has been one of those days.
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 8 Responses Nov 19, 2009

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    I Am Overwhelmed

    I am an angel, an empath, an optimist, an emotional creature of habits and comforts. However, I can just as easily become overwhelmed by it all. When that happens, I need to retreat into my shell-- my 'safe place'-- where I can regroup, and gain control of my senses. There are...
    angelwings626 angelwings626 41-45, F 6 Responses Jan 11, 2010

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    My Shell Is Where I Go To Be At Peace

    Im always able to retreat within myself, shut out all the noise, worry, pain, responsibility, burdens, knowledge of things I wish at times were not real, and find a peaceful place, envisioning a reflecting pond, where I ponder and the only thing there is peace, beauty, love and...
    littlepurrr littlepurrr 31-35, F 5 Responses Dec 5, 2009

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    Dancing By Myself

    I need to be alone sometimes!! It's a requirement for my survival.  I am a an introvert and sometimes I just need to retreat into myself to sort my world out and gather my focus.  It's like some internal rest and relaxation! I have always been a bit of a lone wolf and...
    Psychoseven Psychoseven 36-40, F May 31, 2010

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    To Retreat Into Myself.

    Wow...that is like my poem.   To retreat into a shell of my making...one that is numb from liquor....weak from emotional exhaustion....faint from blood loss. That is my shell....I sometimes....know nothing else. I love the people who help me..and catch me when I fall..but...
    luckypickle luckypickle 26-30 8 Responses Sep 21, 2009

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    Unfortunatly

    It happens more and more.... Sad I know, but it is the opposite effecting the balance.... You can only have so much high in your life before a low happens.....
    mtvlm mtvlm 41-45, M 3 Responses Nov 19, 2009

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    The Way I Am

    When I have sad, insecure moments I shut down for a day or so.  I feel unable to communicate with anyone and prefer just to work things out in my own head.  I do sometimes confide in a friend.  My best girlfriend who lives and works near me often tells me off for...
    womaninbliss womaninbliss 51-55, F 10 Responses Jan 9, 2010

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    As a black woman, admitting this to myself, realizing that this is something I truly feel and taking steps to attend to this matter is a hardship. I hate to admit to such a thing...
    Nevermorn8 Nevermorn8 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    Today is a PRIME example!! The guy I was seeing went AWOL several weeks back and I just assumed he was done with us and nothing more would come of it. I missed him terribly...
    ctstranger ctstranger 41-45, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    So I opened up to a good friend of mine about the whole suicide thing... And how depressed I've been and even dabbled in my past and he was so supportive and great and gave good...
    MissAutumn MissAutumn 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'll read something and wonder if they really are serious or if it's just really clever satire. I love language and analysing it, but in those cases it's kind of a hindrance. I...
    bluecupcakes bluecupcakes 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I've got an honest question, I've had a couple of relationships that all ended badly and I know each one lasted at the most 2 months (I'm not kidding literally ended on the two...
    century99 century99 16-17, M 6 days ago

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    Sometimes, i need the alone time. i need the time to sit and ponder, pray, cry, understand.....when i get like this people who love get worried. i try to explain, i'm hurt, or i...
    lifealwayschanges lifealwayschanges 41-45, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I know the solution to this feeling, I just need someone to listen to me. I just need someone to be patient with me, and just listen. I find it difficult opening up to people, but...
    cairah cairah 22-25, F a week ago

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    Swatted! Although I haven't been spanked in about a year my mum still keeps the hairbrush in the drawer in case of need she says. Not sure whether the 'need' is brushing her hair...
    sunnygirl96 sunnygirl96 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 23

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    Ok I sometimes get into a foggy state due to anxiety and I can't quite focus fully on everything that is being said to me and I reply with the wrong answer or reactions and I make...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 22

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    I like to think im a pretty good listener and people have told me that I am, so if anyone ever needs to talk just message :) On that note I really dont like it when frienes...
    CinderAnee CinderAnee 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 21

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    I have epilepsy and I have had several epileptic seizures in the past. Occasionally I will have a seizure at school and sometimes it kind of freaks the other kids out when I have...
    laurenholliday laurenholliday 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    Being made fun of all through out school drives a person crazy, or you get a thick shell. I got the later. Now I don't give a ****.
    cmcatx cmcatx 31-35, M Jul 20

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    It’s just not always obvious why. And it’s not always how things will progress. I’ve only been on this site for about 2 months and have made some many connections and a few...
    alteregoeleven alteregoeleven 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 17

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    I kid a lot about needing my own in-home/on-call massage therapist sometimes, or joke about needing to marry one lol.. Sometimes I'll dramatically declare I'd pay my partner's...
    sweet7sephora sweet7sephora 26-30, F Jul 17

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    Sometimes the reason is not entirely clear. And sometimes it is just to cause the most excruciating pain. At least that serves the purpose of allowing you to know what the good...
    Saintlysinner Saintlysinner 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 17

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    I am going to take the opportunity right now to vent. I am aware that there are many other people going through more stressful things in their lives. And because of that I have a...
    dreamingquietly04 dreamingquietly04 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 17

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    Never in a million years would I ever admit to crying. It was literally beat into me that a man does not cry. So I didn't. I am 66 yrs now, have been on pain meds since 1993. after...
    boldtimer boldtimer 66-70, M 3 Responses Jul 17

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    Sometimes I like to be by myself and when I feel like that I hope that people don't take offense because I don't want to be around them. Everyone needs some time to themselves and...
    olivia81401 olivia81401 13-15, F Jul 16

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