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I Feel Like There Is Something Wrong with Me

I have a history of psychotic depression, but currently I am okay aside from feeling a bit low (not depressed though). My issue is that I feel like there is something seriously, mentally wrong with me. All the time. Just the way I feel and think about things is odd. However, this issue doesn’t cause me anxiety or fear… just something I accept about myself. However, I am constantly wondering what exactly is wrong with me or why I feel so different. I also have obsessions about things – usually I will become obsessed with something/someone/an idea and it will occupy my thoughts for months at a time until I move on to the next obsession. Again, these obsessions don’t cause me any anxiety or fear but I just spend a lot of my unoccupied time thinking about them. (From the UK)

I Feel Like There Is Something Wrong with Me

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  The very fact that you are able to manage yourself and notice these feelings is a very good thing. To be able to witness and care for yourself is an important skill, and your concern about your well-being is, in itself, the most important trait to nurture.

As you are seeing these symptoms of obsessions, odd thoughts, and moods, the part of you that is witness to all these experiences is what you want to support. Looking after this part of you is important because it can see what is happening and has the desire to correct it.

I think having some individual therapy where you talk about developing this part of you as you reduce the symptoms would be very helpful.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

 

I Feel Like There Is Something Wrong with Me

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: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2017). I Feel Like There Is Something Wrong with Me. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 18, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2017/11/08/i-feel-like-there-is-something-wrong-with-me-2/

 

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