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Being Alone Too Often

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Okay so I have bipolar disorder… and I have no idea if this has anything to do with it so that’s why I’m asking. My mom works 2 jobs so I am home by myself most of the time. Not having someone here to talk to when she is gone is making me feel like I’m losing my grip on reality. I’m paranoid, worried and depressed. I don’t know what’s going on. (age 18, from US)

Being Alone Too Often

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A: I don’t know enough about your particular situation to tell you whether the symptoms you are describing are due to Bipolar Disorder or just your current circumstances. It is a major mood disorder so chances are it could be exacerbating things, even if it is not the root of the problem. But in addition to treating the Bipolar Disorder through medication and therapy, there are lots of other things you can do about your situation.

You are old enough that you should not rely solely on your parents for companionship. Again, I don’t know your situation but I would suggest that you find healthy outlets for your time. Getting a job, going to school, or volunteering for a cause you care about are all great pursuits. You could also sign up for fitness classes, art classes or find another hobby that interests you. In other words, sitting home alone is not helping your situation. Take charge and get involved in something larger than yourself and hopefully you will make some new friends along the way. I hope you feel better soon.

All the best,

Dr. Holly Counts

Being Alone Too Often

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). Being Alone Too Often. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2019, from
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