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Q. I’m not really sure what is wrong with me. I’m not depressed I have nothing to be depressed about, but I seem to be suffering from an extreme indifference to everything. My school work, my personal relationships, Life in general. I just don’t know why. I just seem to be accepting of everything. Nothing makes me feel emotion, even failing test grades. I guess I just want to know if there is a psychological reason for me feeling the way I do, or if this is just a phase that will pass?

A. I do not know enough about you from this short e-mail to know what exactly your problem may be. Having said that, I do think there is a “psychological” reason for your indifference. These emotions, or lack there of do not occur in a vacuum. That is, there is always a reason behind what is going on with you psychologically, even if it is not readily apparent to you. I would also say that your indifference may indeed be a sign of depression. Unless you have always been indifferent towards these aspects of your life, something has changed and there is a cause. Indifference is a sign of depression. Don’t let this go and think it’s only a phase. I am not sure if you are up to it but I would suggest that you seek help for what you consider “indifference” and what I consider signs of depression. Take care.


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Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

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Randle, K. (2018). Indifference. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 25, 2019, from
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