Hi, I’ve been struggling with social anxiety and depression for a while now but lately it’s become unbearable. I feel like life isn’t worth it anymore. I have no interests or dreams. Even the few things that I once use to like seem pointless now. I’m in college but I don’t like what I’m doing and I feel like nothing could really interest me enough to major in. I just feel empty and life seems really meaningless. I do not know what to do about it and I don’t even feel the motivation to help myself. Even when I don’t feel anxious life is boring and dull. I’ve tried to get into something that could make me happy, but truly nothing is able to make me feel interest and motivation. (From Romania)
While I certainly hear the despair and pain you are in, I am also aware that you are still reaching out to us here. The part of you that sent the email is the part that knows you’re feeling so down now can change. Otherwise you wouldn’t have bothered. So let’s address the part of you that has hope in the possibility of change.
Over 70% of college freshman are disillusioned by their choice of major and shift their interests. Consider this year a time of experimentation. Try as many new things out in college as you can. Don’t worry about practical elements — concern yourself more about finding something that piques your interest. You need to be engaged with something that interests you.
Also, since you are at a university, I would encourage you to talk with the people in the counseling center. The counseling is usually free or low cost, and it would be good for you to talk with people who have helped others through this period in their life.
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: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.
APA Reference Tomasulo, D. (2018). I Feel Like Nothing Is Worth It Anymore. Psych Central.
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