Over the last few years, I have grown more and more withdrawn from people. I have no close friends, save for one, and I don’t even trust him with everything. I love my wife, but don’t completely confide or open up to her either. The worst part is that nothing stimulates me. There is nothing that interests me enough to invest any time into learning about it, and thus, I have nothing I can call a hobby. I also have almost no spiritual faith. I’m starting to feel more and more removed from life, and though not suicidal, look forward to when it will all be over. I still feel some things, but have little to no empathy for people, and no social tact to the point of being almost socially backward. This began about 4 years ago and has been getting worse. What is wrong with me?

A: While I can’t diagnose in this setting, it sounds to me like you have developed severe depression. Not having interest in anything, social isolation, wanting life to be over, feeling dead inside, no empathy for other people, sound like depression. Watch the video for the rest of this answer.

Take good care of yourself,

Julie Hanks, LCSW