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I’m not sure how I feel it’s not even sad it’s way passed that now. I’m tired all the time. I am disgusted with myself. I have no sex drive. I can not focus on anything for very long. I’m very easily irritated. I snap really quick and start screaming. Everything people do irritate me lately. I have major anxiety I rarely  feel like leaving the house although I do it anyways but I start sweating and get hot all over. I am not suicidial  although I’d love to do it I just will not. (age 22, from U.S.)

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A: Your question reminds me of the Buddhist quote, “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.” We all have challenges, we will all experience pain and sadness, and we will all go through difficult times in life. However, if the negative feelings don’t go away, especially if they don’t seem to be linked to a life event, it is time to get help.

If you haven’t already, I suggest that you speak to your doctor and look into therapy, medication, or both. You are describing some of the symptoms linked with psychological disorders, such as anxiety and depression, and these are very treatable. It’s also a good idea to make sure there isn’t an underlying physical cause, such as anemia or a thyroid condition. Writing in was a good first step. Now take the next step and get some professional help.

All the best,

Dr. Holly Counts

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Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

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Counts, H. (2018). Very Numb Feeling. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from
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