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I just don’t feel like I used to anymore

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I am 19 and a sophomore at Penn State University, and I don’t feel the need to do anything anymore. I have no interest or motivation to do my work anymore. I have an LSAT in December, and I have felt absolutely no motivation to study for it. I am not necessarily sad, but it takes a lot to get me excited about much anymore. I don’t like being around friends much anymore, and I feel overwhelmed if I am around a lot of people. I get angry whenever my roommate gets back to the room, cause it ruins my alone time. I used to be the opposite way. I would welcome my roommate as a relief from being lonely. I don’t trust anyone at all. I always think they are gonna betray me. I don’t think there is any hope for my future. I have no insurance. What could be wrong with me? What should I do?

I just don’t feel like I used to anymore

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I am glad you found the energy to write us here, and know how tough it is when motivation is lost.

You sound like you are depressed, but it isn’t clear what may be the activator for it. There are many factors that can cause a lack of motivation or caring. Not feeling sad, but simply despondent is also common.

Since you are a student at the university you are entitled to counseling. I strongly recommend you set up a counseling appointment ASAP to see if they can help sort these feelings through with you.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan

I just don’t feel like I used to anymore

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). I just don’t feel like I used to anymore. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from
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