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How can I show my emotions - February 3rd 2018, 12:31 AM

I feel people don't take me seriously when I say I feel like hurting myself. How can I show my emotions. I think the only way to show people is by actually doing it because no one takes me seriously anymore.

Has anyone else experienced this?
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Re: How can I show my emotions - February 3rd 2018, 04:11 AM

Yes. All the time. I have so much going on in my head 24/7 and there’s no way I can even think about explaining it to anyone. It doesn’t even make sense to me, so I can’t make it make any sense to anyone else. I come off a bit cold and monotone when I talk to people, and it isn’t because I want to be rude or mean or whatever. I just can’t articulate any of my thoughts or emotions outwardly. They’re locked in the deepest parts of my always-on brain. Where the bad things live. At this point, I have so much bottled up that I don’t even know what is bothering me or why I am depressed. All I know is that I’ve always loved being alone. Always been the lone wolf type who takes tons of effort to get to know. I can’t connect to any of my peers. I just can’t. They’re behind a glass wall. I don’t know how to relate to the vast majority of them. I don’t know why that is. Maybe we’ve seen different things. Maybe they don’t see what I see. Maybe I’m just more mature. I don’t know.

I could ramble on with my story for ages.

But, to answer your question, yes. There’s at least one other person on this planet like you. I think that’s important to know. To know you aren’t alone. Like I said, I like being alone. But lately I’ve become increasingly lonely. I’m craving deep relationships with others. But if I can’t feel or talk to people, that won’t happen.

But I just want you to know you’re not alone. You can always message me if you want. I’ll do my best to offer advice.
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Re: How can I show my emotions - February 3rd 2018, 05:09 PM

I feel like this quite a bit but a lot of the time I think that the people around me don't know how to respond when I talk about how suicidal I might be feeling. It has less to do with them not caring.

I think a therapist could probably help you figure out how to best talk about your emotions so that, hopefully, those around you will respond better. I know I was working on this with a therapist back in 2016 but we didn't get very far.

I don't think that you need to/should act on your feelings in hopes that people will take you serious. The reason I say this is because if, for some reason, the people around you don't truly take you serious it's unlikely that harming yourself will change that. I know that when I was 17 and first attempted there was a part of me that hoped (if I survived) my mom would start to care. She didn't change at all.

If you are confiding/reaching out to people and they don't take you seriously maybe you should consider finding people who will take you seriously. It's possible that the people you are confiding in are unable to support you so if you harmed yourself it is unlikely that would change.

Are there any support groups available in your area? I think these can be a great place to work on opening up to people and finding support in a more neutral place.

I am wishing you all the best and please know you can message me if you need.

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