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What’s Wrong With Me?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

I have this imaginary family that I talk to I don’t see them or hear them I just talk to the air anyways I talk to them alot and I really don’t like my family that much. I’m 19 years old and I’m alone for most of the time that’s when I talk to them and I’m a four year old with a imaginary mom and dad and aunts and uncles. Is this normal?

A. I would need much more information about your situation to determine its normalcy. Generally speaking, it is abnormal to have imaginary friends and family as a young adult. Children commonly have imaginary friends and that is relatively normal but you are not a child.

An interesting aspect of your question is that when you are engaging this imaginary world, you do so as a 4-year-old. Sometimes people will develop an imaginary world when they are experiencing significant distress. It may be a way to escape their unhappiness. In that way, the imaginary world is utilized as a form of coping.

I would recommend being evaluated by a mental health professional. A mental health professional can gather many more details about your situation and determine whether this problem requires treatment. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle

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APA Reference
Randle, K. (2012). What’s Wrong With Me?. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 18, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2012/07/15/whats-wrong-with-me-8/