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How Do You Keep Living When You’re Broken Beyond Repair?


I am not well. I am broken inside. I am broken almost all-the-way deep, and I don’t know…I don’t know if I can ever be unbroken, let alone well again”. 
~Carrie Jones, Entice (Goodreads)

I'm tired... a list of reasons to finish that & ends with "But most of all, I'm just tired of being tired."

I began writing this post Friday night & finished it last night, so it follows my thought patterns from emotionally overwrought & hopeless to the rational mind that understands what happened in hindsight.  For those who might be triggered (I’m trying to be more sensitive & aware of triggers!)  I discuss issues with emotional abuse by my mother, emotional issues around men & dating, & suicidal thoughts (mentions, nothing detailed).

I made the mistake of hoping again. I thought maybe this time would be different. But it wasn’t. I haven’t dated in ten years. Not sure if I’ve mentioned that, but I haven’t dated since my ex left. There’s a story behind it I’ve just started processing since deciding to date again, but I won’t get into that now. Suffice it to say, I have decided I’ve wasted enough years of my life on him & it’s time to move on. Unfortunately, all I want is a guy who will be nice to me & it seems like none of those guys are interested in me. I feel like I only have value to men who can fuck me & when they don’t get that they lose interest. What is so wrong with me a man can see any other use for me? I keep hearing my mother’s words in my head:

You’re ugly. You’re lazy. You’re stupid. You’re worthless. No one could ever love you. I wish you would die.

When you raise a child putting that into their head every day, it never goes away.  It is a mark on their soul, a voice in their head, an ache in their heart that never goes away.  It is a wound that can’t be healed.  And life is nothing more than proof everything they were told is right.

It all feels so true. How could anyone ever love someone like me? Why would anyone decent even want someone like me? Every time I let myself have any hope, it’s crushed & every time I’m left feeling worse than before. I feel like it’s not even worth living anymore if this is all I have to look forward to. I feel so hopeless & miserable. I give up. I just can’t keep trying when all it does is leave me feeling more empty & alone than before. Yet again I find myself sitting here thinking about how much easier it would be if I could just die & get it over with. I’m tired of hurting. I’m tired of feeling weird & abnormal. I’m tired of feeling like anyone of substance would never be interested in me.


I had a major meltdown Friday, like I have not had in quite some time. I was at a friend’s birthday party when I was overwhelmed with the feeling of being unlovable, unable to ever be happy, so broken I can ever be fixed.

I had recently been introduced a guy who works with a friend of mine, & we had swapped a few texts. I had sent him a couple of texts the day before & not heard back, so Friday night my mind just went down the rabbit hole. Being ignored, not even given the courtesy of any reply, put me back as that little girl whose mother was telling her she is ugly, lazy, worthless, unlovable. As irrational as I knew it was, my brain was on autopilot.

I started crying & all I wanted to do was be alone. I left to go home, but my friend followed me out wanting to know why I was leaving. All I could tell her was I was irreparably broken & no one could ever love me, & I would rather die than have to spend my life alone. I left not knowing what I was going to do, but I spent the next two days in bed fighting with myself about wanting to kill myself. I considered going back to the hospital, but did not want to go back there so soon. Worst. Psych hospital. Ever. I pretty much stayed in bed from Friday night to Monday.

It’s hard feeling those things, knowing it’s irrational, & not being able to stop it. I did some research & read up on emotional dysregulation & emotional hyperreactivity. I was really feeling the hyperreactivity that night. My feelings were based on something real, but they were way out of proportion to the situation. OMG A BOY DIDN’T TEXT ME BACK BY THE NEXT DAY! IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD!! I have never been that strung out about a guy in my life, & especially not now for some flibbertigibbet who was way too young for me anyway.

On top of that, I hadn’t slept well the night before, had spent the day running errands with a friend which had me tired out, & now I was at a surprise party surrounded by happy people & goings-on. Plus, my dinner was cake & ice cream, so I don’t think all that sugar on an empty stomach helped any. It was a very long day on top of the guy stuff on top of the “othered” feeling I get at busy, happy events like parties. All of the people & activity seems to trigger my depersonalization/derealization. It makes me feel like something that exists outside humanity. Something that will never feel that happiness & connectedness the people around me seem to be feeling. I will never be able to just take happiness for granted.

I hate that I ruined my friend’s birthday, but some things can’t be helped. I have problems with emotional regulation. I can be going along fine & then WHOOM! something comes over me – feelings, memories, hopelessness. It hits the hardest during happy times. I don’t know how to be happy, not really happy. I live with the constant fear of the other shoe dropping, so happiness is a double-edged sword. Growing up, we could only be happy when our mother was happy. When she was miserable, everyone had to be miserable so being happy was a punishable offense. I always feel fake when I’m happy, like it’s not the real me. It isn’t my natural state. I second guess everything. I don’t just look a gift horse in the mouth, I bring a laryngoscope & ask it to open up & say “ah”.

It is hard for me to put myself out there to meet new people. It’s not just about risking rejection, it’s that perceived rejection can take me back to feeling worthless & unlovable, & lead to catastrophizing & suicidal thoughts. Emotional dysregulation, or emotional hyperreactivity, makes everything so much more fun because my brain just spins out of control with this stuff.


This was odd to write starting it in an irrationally emotional place, & then finishing it when I felt rational & had pretty much moved passed the event.  But there it is!  I did still think it was worth finishing & putting out here.  I’m sure a lot of people can identify with these feelings, with or without mental health issues.  Who hasn’t freaked out about something they were embarrassed about later?

I would love to hear from people with similar experiences!

Emotional Dysregulation @ Wikipedia
Emotional Dysregulation @ PCH Treatment
Emotional Regulation in Bipolar Disorder


Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

68 thoughts on “How Do You Keep Living When You’re Broken Beyond Repair?

  1. “How could anyone ever love someone like me? Why would anyone decent even want someone like me?” Same question. I just recently broke up with my ex. He cheated, many times. I even settled to be his second (after I knew I was the ‘other’ girl) because I thought I love him… after he ghosted me many times I had the courage to finally break it off with him… but I can’t help to think that it was my fault. MINE. because I was not patient enough… I was not understanding. We came to terms tho that maybe its finally time to say goodbye. but what sucks is that I still miss him and if he misses me he’s just gonna hit me up and act like everything’s alright. and now he’s not contacting me. now again, I feel like its all my fault. sorry if its kindah crazy.. T.T

  2. Wow. It’s so timely that i came across this blog. Right now, i feel so broken and i am losing hope that i can get past this depression. I feel that i am not enough… i just can’t seem to stop thinking that i am not fit enough to be loved. even when i was younger, i was never what people standardized as beautiful, charming, etc. i had my heart broken a few times. each failed relationships seem to have left me with gaping holes in my soul. maybe it’s my fault that i love too much, i hope too much.. that now.. i feel empty… like i am so scared to trust again..that everything is only temporary.. i’m starting to be scared to be happy with someone else because i know that one day..that person might leave me and crush me beyond repair. i know i have to let go of thoughts that make me feel worthless, disposable and not worthy for love.. how can i be strong.. i want to be brave because i still want to enjoy life..but everything i do lately seems so temporary..that i just live one day at a time feeling empty..

  3. This really hit home for me. I found out my “boyfriend” had gone back to his wife over a year ago and has just been lying to me all these months. Talk about being broken, I was madly in love with him. I can’t even imagine putting myself out there again. And my mother telling me that “if you want to date again, you need to lose weight. Guys don’t like fat women. ” I’m a size 12-14… I have wanted to die so many times, not even because of him, but because I’m just so sad over life. I wonder when this heartache and pain will end.

  4. This genuinely put me in tears. I relate so much. I feel as though life is pointless. For the past year I’ve only felt the negatives of life, as if all it brings is disappointment, and I’ve lost all hope that there’s anything more.

    It’s quite hard for me to express my emotions, since before last year I honestly never felt any. I blocked myself off from the world and ignored everything. I fell in love, and since that happened I’ve felt nothing but pain.

    It used to be easy for me to block things out, to forget, to pay no attention to these things, now that I’m feeling all of this at once I just want it to be over. I could never end my life, I don’t have the stomach for it, but god damn it would be so much easier if could just disappear from the world.

    Why is it so painful…

  5. I’m an older male but I’ve experienced everything you’ve described. In spades. My heart goes out to you. We can talk if you want to. Either way I’ll understand. Love and peace!

  6. I felt as though you were telling my story. Not exact but very parallel. I spent this past weekend in bed 90% if the time….only going out to feed my kids. I feel like I am a mixed up jigsaw puzzle and some of the most important pieces are missing and will never be found. I watch my friends being happy and think, fuck that. Why do I not get to be happy? Because my bipolar stepfather never allowed it? Why do I feel like I am not worthy of meeting a good man who will actually love me and get me without sex being the bait. Because I had a mother who allowed my stepfather to emotionally and mentally destroy me?! Reading you story hit home and really helped me feel better, even just in the short term. It sucks when wanting to feel normal and loved feel so unattainable yet they are supposed to be a natural part of life. Thank you again!

  7. Hi – you are amazing. Sharing that in the way you did is almost beyond my comprehension. You will get through this and you will be ‘discovered’ by a person who deserves you (and who you deserve). Those guys are out there. Look out for the shy guy in the coffee shop/club/bar… he’s so into you, because he SEES you.

  8. I’d rather not post my name because I think it hardly manners, but what you say I agree with.

    I have never in my life been happy. It feels foreign, I can’t seem to understand the feeling and yet I smile and laugh with my father and brother but inside I am so hollow.

    Just like you, I expierenced physical and emotional abuse from my mother. My mother, the person I loved the most hated my existence. I was never enough- I was never her daughter. And I feel disgusting knowing that I can forgive her. I don’t search a relationship with her, but there’s a part of me that believes I deserved all the pain.

    I don’t believe people truly love, evenless give unconditional love. The moment they get tired of you or things becomes difficult you’re trash meant to be disposed. People only care while you are useful. Whether that be in helping them feel good about themselves or living up to their expectations.
    I get tired of waking up each day with no hope. I tried suicide once and got sent to a mental hospital for a month. My medication and therapy don’t work.
    And the more time I spend with people the more bitter I feel, for that reason I have never involved myself romantically with anyone.

    I hate not knowing what is real. About me and the world around me.

    I believe to my very core that life is not meant for everyone.

  9. I’m on my phone so I won’t be leaving a really long message.

    I also feel broken and I don’t know if I’ll ever get to find that one woman who will choose only me forever. I dated my ex for almost two years and she cheated and left me. I look for her in every girl I go after. It hurts. I just want to feel normal. I don’t think I’ll ever be loved by someone else, but I want to stop feeling like my ex destroyed me for good.

    • I understand how you feel. I don’t think it’s impossible someone else will love you, but don’t close yourself off to the possibility of loving someone else. I think that’s my problem. Life, love, & are people are complicated.

  10. Thank you for sharing this blog and some of your most deepest thoughts. I have respect for you for doing that. You inspired me to say. I feel broken, in fact I feel permanently damaged and scared by something that has never left me and will never leave me. I guess the biggest thing is that I can’t change what I have been through and I can’t repair my mind because the damage has already been done and although I am older now, it feels harder, harder now as a adult to trust as a result and difficult to date.

    Oh I have dated and not succeeded and when I dated someone I really cared about they burnt me. I have had prior comments by people via men in particular asking what is wrong with me, why have I not settled down, why do I always say when asked that I met someone, but it didn’t work out?

    Usually leaving me feeling like rubbish and wanting to scream, words I don’t feel comfortable revealing here as to what is wrong with me in reference to what happened to me as a child and by whom. As they walk free to this day and have what I want for myself. A partner.

    But the damage they have done to me emotionally is irreparale and well no plaster will heal my wounds their too deep. This brings me to why I am reading your blog and why I am in this mood. Well my sister may be getting married, I love the fact that she’s happy, that she didn’t have her innocence taken away and can live a happy life. I truely mean that with no hate, envy or jealously. The thing that tipped me over the edge that became a trigger was what my mum said, when I tried to give advice, ‘relationship advice,’ I said nothing horrible was very supportive. But felt like a idiot being mocked for not having one that was successful or sustainable, when her choice was what led to my demise when I was younger. So to feel mocked when I would love to have a long standing partner I can lean on and love. It hurt, it hurt bad and still does as I write this.

    I just feel soooo damaged by past events that involved no partner that I feel stuck, I am not getting any younger and I have been singlksinglke for over 9 years. I feel empty since the comment was made as I was trying to build my confidence up to date and to meet people.

    My mum has said sorry but it means nothing, when your left with the wounds I have been trying to heal ripped wide open again. (I am not stupid to believe I will ever heal) but I was managing, getting by. No I am a wreck, crying, lost my confidence that I will meet someone and feel belittled like my opinion isn’t valued because to what mum sees as a relationship I haven’t had one like the rest of my sisters that still exists.

    I told her today that if it wasn’t hard enough to date with what has happened to me already I don’t need my lack of experience thrown in my face when I was asked for advice and gave it.

    I truly feel like damaged goods because of my past and the dig I got has just reopened up fresh wounds I will never be able to heal because the old wounds are unhealed as well. I wish I could stop crying but I keep thinking if I didn’t have my innocence taken away what my life today would have been like with regards to relationships. So I totally get your feelings in this blog with regards to how you felt.

    • Thanks for commenting. I’m sorry for what you’ve gone through & what you are going through now. I know well how hard it is to look at people having the happiness & life you want, but don’t feel you can have; whether it’s because you’re too damaged or don’t deserve it. When you’re family isn’t supportive they can hit the hardest, especially moms. It can make for a toxic situation.

      I’ve never had much luck with relationships. I never dated much, I’m anxious and to a great extent don’t trust men because of my experiences. It makes it hard to connect. Not to mention I’m a homebody so I don’t meet a lot of people.

      Are you talking to somebody, maybe a therapist? I think it would be helpful if not. If you don’t have insurance and can’t afford it, look for free resources in your area. I hope things get better for you soon.

      • Hi thank you for replying. I have had counselling in the past and its something I probably need to consider having again.

        I think I have grief over what has been lost that can never be regained. I feel somewhat better today, probably because I am all cried out.

        One thing I have tried that you might want to consider is speed dating, I kept it quiet, booked it, and it was a confidence boost and good night it anything else. Its also a interesting way to meet people.

        My problem is I can feel great and then a trigger can set me back. I hope that we both find happiness and someone that is decent and worthy of us.

        God bless

  11. Life is boring nothing seems to work for me. I thought I could trust God to get me through but I was wrong

    • I’m sorry you’re feeling this way. It’s difficult when life becomes uninteresting & nothing bring you any joy. I hope you have someone you can talk to, maybe a doctor? Religion can be disappointing. I was raised in church & thought if I believed & was good enough God would fix me. It didn’t happen. I left religion behind & have found a community of nonbelievers who are very supportive.

      I hope you come out the other side of this soon.

  12. Tonight is just heavy for me, after a long time. It’s not a guy thing I had one guy in my life long back. I guess the reason I never found anyone else is I am afraid, fear that there is no mr. right for me or should I say that I know that life is no movie story or fairy tale. I feel emotionally drained, everything I feel is very temporary. All the responsibilities, totally not my fault, are driving me crazy. I feel that for once can I love my life, can I not worry about my family and their needs. So many dream, most of them broken now, don’t even remember half of them. I never let people know what’s in my head, how sad I am, I like to wear that smile 24*7. I worst part is I like to be miserable. I dnt have any mental condition, confirmed by psychologist. I am not even dumb. In fact people look up to me. I dnt need sympathies, just wanted to get it out of my chest. Thanks for reading. I hope you have fab live

  13. I’m sorry you go through this. I’m 44 and sit here waiting for life to end because I’m so tired. I had to hide abuse until my a user offer himself and still can’t find a place to come forward because his buddies in the police force covered up his crime. I too feel unlovable and unworthy not just because of the emotional scars but the ugly physical ones that came from all the surgeries that his abuse made necessary. And I’m freaking pissed that not one doctor or nurse ever reported it or stood up for me. Now I get to be disabled and look forward to surgery and await death. Alone. And the craziest part. I forgive him and hope he’s not burning in Hell because I don’t wish pain or suffering on anyone. When you been so pained you don’t want pain for anyone. Even though your pain often flows out onto others because your cup is too full. Anyway, I just tried to get help but they want to send me right back to the pit that the vipers are in. If only there were not so many wolves, we sheep might be safe for a change.

    • I’m sorry to hear all of this. It’s awful to feel trapped & failed by the system, moreso I’m sure when you’re abuser is a part of the system. Forgiveness isn’t crazy. It’s for you, not him. Whatever gives you a modicum of peace is worth it. I hope you find someone that can help you.

  14. Wow, you’ve just said the things I couldn’t put into words. I’ve been badly stressed for years, leading to severe anxiety (including derealisation & depersonalization), absences, depression etc. I literally have no life because as well as the anxiety etc, I have other medical issues like Fibromyalgia. My emotions range from feeling numb to extreme sadness & hopelessness. I seem to have backed off from the world, still live with my parents & spend most of my time just watching TV in my bedroom. I miss the person I used to be.

    Last week I did something that I hadn’t done in years & self harmed. I just don’t know how to turn things around and my doctor isn’t very supportive.

    Thank you for sharing your feelings. You’re not alone – and you’ve just helped me to see that I’m not alone either

    • It’s heartening to see other people the same way you do. It’s why I like to share emotionally honest stuff. I hate knowing other people feel this way, but it helps me feel more “normal”. I’m sorry you returned to self-harming & that your doctor isn’t supportive. A lot of people discount self-harm as attention-seeking behavior, & admittedly I was one of those people for a long time. I learned a lot about it on tumblr that helped change the way I thought about it. If you haven’t looked over there, you might find a supportive online community. The dissociative issues are something else a lot of people don’t understand. It is bizarre & hard to describe to people. I hope you find someone who understands & can help you.

  15. Wow, very powerful story, glad I am not alone I am a 20 year old female living with brachial plexus palsy and trust me life is fucked everyday for me and it’s horrible because my disability gets in the way of my life. I just feel so hopeless at times (shit, I feel this everyday). Bottom line is my mom continues to emotionally abuse me with her words, and she doesn’t realize that it only makes me what to kill myself and end it all. I am so fucking broke right now, with no food and no way of getting to work next week. I have a bf… a steady bf for the last 3 months now but I have known him for 4. He knows how much I hate asking him for anything, many times I’m starving around him and it makes me feel like so sad to ask him for anything even though he’s always telling me he would do anything for, and if I need anything. Bullshit that’s all I hear because he let me down before when I needed his help so how can I really depend on him? I don’t think so I rather bike the 2 hours to work and back :/ oh well life is full of sin and some of us have it good and some of us don’t.

    • I know it’s been a couple of months since you commented here. First of all, thanks for that. I’m sorry to hear about your mom & your money troubles. It’s hard when you have to deal with negative family, and being broke on top of everything else is just another stress you don’t need. It makes everything so much harder than it needs to be, especially if you can’t get food. I know it’s hard to be let down by people you care about, but there’s nothing wrong with letting someone help you sometimes. That’s been hard for me to do, but I’m getting better about it.

      I hope things are improving for you. They can get better. Maybe you can find someone to talk to, if you don’t have someone already.

  16. Omg this is me almost. Emotionally abusive mother not allowed to be happy and the living in fear of an explosion. It’s has eaten into my every core. I constantly fear rejection and maybe even seek it out as it has become a way of life. I can’t stand on my two feet in areas of my life like getting my own place as I fear loneliness . I meet men who are emotionally unavailable and none want to settle . It’s very sad it makes me so sad that no one wants me and yet I have so much love to give. Totally feel your pain

  17. You are not alone babe. I understand what you are going through. I also had an emotionally abusive mother and this has led to me attracting the same types of relationships. Not only love relationships but also work relationships and friends. Its crazy. All of this has left me scared, hurt, doubtful that I will ever have a happy/healthy family and thinking that something must be terribly wrong with me. The worst part is that when someone gets too close I feel like running for my life even though I am aware that this behavior might be pushing them away. I also hate to come off as someone who is needy so I try to control my emotions and sometimes apear detached just so I can hide my feelings and keep the other person from taking advantage.I also have terrible trust issues. Its pathetic. Ive broken all of my dates that seemed to be good after seeing small reminders of the way that my abusive relationship with my ex started out. On top of that I am falling for a gay guy who is also married. Talk about a fucked up mind. I dont know what to do and am terribly sorry that you too are feeling unloved and damaged.

  18. My whole life is like what you said my mother always told me I was useless piece of shit the reason for all their bills and their problems then after I left at 19 married to a man whom I didn’ my whole life is like what you said my mother always told me I was useless piece of shit the reason for all their bills and their problems

    At 6 I was molested by the neighbor and nothing was ever done about it

    I was raped at 16 and my mother found out and she told me that nobody would love me

    I left at 19 years old and married several times with several million man all have told me that I was a piece of shit a slut a whore nothing stupid ugly fat etc you get the idea

    I’m in my 60s now and I still believe that I’m a piece of shit I have no idea how to get over this I don’t want to take antidepressants I’ve taken those they don’t work and if I do take them I feel like a failure like I should be able to get over all this everybody else does Why can’t I

    • We can’t do everything on our own. There’s nothing wrong with getting help, even if it’s chemical. Maybe that wasn’t the right med for you. Not that you have to take it, but if your doctor thinks it might help, give it another try. I hope you find some peace in life.

  19. Hi. This post and the replies were written long ago, and so I feel as if I am writing to an empty place. Which is fitting, I suppose.
    I have been feeling, for well over a year, that the only way I will have peace is if I stop trying to exist. The big ‘S’. Things have been tough for me, mentally, my whole life, and I’m just so tired of the never ending shit. Every day, my first thought upon waking is, ” omg not again, I can’t do this again “. But, I have children and so I feel it is too selfish to leave. But staying is so horrible – if they knew, would they want me to stay for their sake? It’s like the old divorce question, I guess. I don’t think I want to invest any more time in this reply, as I don’t think anyone is here.

    • I hope your still here i know the feeling of not wanting to exist and actually everything you just said caught my eye because i thought i was reading my own post for second sick of feeling empty and worthless but for some reason i keep going..</3 im even sadder now that i know there is so many people out there that are hurting suffering in scilence because they feel like no one cares why must the world be so cruel 😦

    • I’m sorry you feel that way, or felt that way. I would love to know things have improved for you. I’m also sorry it took me so long to reply. My life has been a bit up & down, & I haven’t spent much time here. But I’m here now, & I did want to reach out.

      I very much know how you feel. I spent many days waking up thinking I’d rather die than have to live another day & going to bed praying I don’t have to wake up another morning. It was a difficult time, as you know. If you haven’t already, & are able, please reach out to someone who can help you. Someone to talk to, maybe write you something that could be helpful. Again, I hope in the months since you wrote this things have improved & you are feeling better.

  20. That’s how I feel, and I feel guilty for these emotions because I have children to raise So I hide it. There is that little voice in the back of my mind whispering to me when I feel happy. “It’s not going to last, you’re disgusting, you don’t deserve anything good, you will always be less than, you’re not smart enough, you don’t try hard enough ect.”

    • Thanks for commenting & I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond. Don’t feel guilty for your emotions. You can’t help the way you feel, & feeling bad about feeling bad is a nasty cycle. Don’t listen to that voice. I know how hateful it is & how hard it is to ignore, especially when it’s quiet. I hope things are looking up for you these days, or you are able to find the help you need.

  21. This hits so close to home.all my life i felt like this due to severe sexual abuse as a child. Guys always cheated on me. I often asked myself what it is about me why nobody loves me for me but i have given up hope after so many years. Maybe this is supposed to be my life. But thanks so much for such a raw insight in your life

    • I know it’s been more than a year since your comment, & I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond. No one is supposed to have an unhappy life, it’s just harder for some of us to have it. It seems like some people are just targets for abuse. Being victimized increases your chance of being victimized, including by men who take advantage of you. Not a happy bit of info, but understanding that might take a bit of the burden off your & being aware can help break the cycle. Hopefully by now things have improved for you, or you are at least making progress.

  22. Im not sure what to say but I hear you.
    I discovered this page because I did a google search for “why do I feel broken”. Thats says it all really. Im 48 years old and have felt this way most of my life. I have moments when I feel better but I seem to end up back in this place of self loathing. I look around and see people getting on with life but I just can’t seem to get it together and I feel like Im slowly getting worse.

    I have taken anti depressants several times and although the feelings of anxiety were a little bit alleviated, the underlying beliefs that its all pointless, that Ill never make anything of myself, that Im worthless, that people will never give me a chance etc etc are still there and so nothing changes.

    When on meds I just feel a bit numb emotionally but still I continue doing the same things and so get the same shitty results. For example I am unemployed and have been this way so long that I am now terrified to even make a phone call to a contact an acquaintance gave me the number of because I have such low self esteem and my fear of rejection is greater than my desire to create some financial independence. I dont believe in myself at all so why would anyone else. I look at where I want to be in a career and I see the people who are there already and have no idea how to get there. I don’t even believe its possible, then I give up.

    I have been to 5 or 6 different psychologists and even that doesn’t help. I end up quitting therapy because I feel like its a waste of money. I just sit there talking and they talk back and give me some strategies which I dont do and that I can find for free online or a book anyway. I feel like a massive burden on my partner because they pay for everything and all I do is sit around feeling like a useless lump and hating my self for not measuring up to societies standards of success.

    All I can think is that the bullying and ostracism received during most of my schooling coupled with the mental, verbal, emotional abuse and physical violence I received from my parents is the cause for the way I am. I know that its no longer happening and its up to me in the present moment to change my life and take responsibility but its like the abuse I received in my formative years programmed me to fail. Its all so tedious. My family won’t even discuss the way they treated me and so I dont talk to them anymore.

    Im seeing a new psych again this week. Im really feeling at my last straw at the moment. I dont want to go through my entire life just trying to work this shit out. Its not living. Its painful.

    • Billy, I hear you. I also feel the hopelessness the same way you do specially when I am at a loss with arguments with my wife. They are almost always around my kids with ex-wife. I also have a very low self esteem although at times I have felt empowered and Normal. I have never tried meds or shrink and reading your comments tell me that I am better off without them.

      I feel like a lost ship with no cause bobbing around in the sea with no where to go. I am out of work since 4.5 months and I guess the feeling of worthlessness has gotten enforced even more during this time. I have read a lot online about getting out of this downward spiral but it’s almost as if I am afraid to succeed. It’s like I am proving a point to someone and it would matter in the end, but I know it wouldn’t, I am very fortunate for having everything that I desired and no financial liabilities. Yet the depression and despair sets in from time to time, specially after bouts with my wife which are almost 3 times a week, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday’s (when I FaceTime kids).

      I am also afraid to make phone calls for networking and get out of my comfort zone. I don’t know where and how to start. I lack validation and support from people around me. I am trying to change so that I don’t have to depend on anyone emotionally to feel good. I guess it’s become part of my personality now. I am 40 and am feeling I haven’t achieved much in life and wasted so much time.

      And I am a huge procrastinator as well which probably comes with the feelings I am going through. It’s like I should do things for whom, what, why??

      Ah well. How are you feeling now Billy? You tried the new shrink, any good? I think we are in the same boat and need some help to support one another get out of the quicksand we have got ourselves into. All the best!

      • Thanks for responding & sorry I’ve taken so long to get over here. I get a lot of what you’re feeling, & hope these days you are feeling better. Despite some people’s negative experiences, I disagree that seeking psychiatric help wouldn’t do any good. You have to find the right person or meds. It has made a huge difference for me.

    • Sorry it has taken me so long to respond & thanks for the comment. I’m sorry you’ve haven’t had much luck getting help, but hopefully this last psych was helpful. Interestingly, it has been shown that childhood stress & abuse can affect how your brain develops, so it is programming. It is up to us to work on it & create our present life, even if sometimes that means changing out expectations for ourselves. Again, I hope you are doing better.

  23. i felt so connected after reading your post. I know this post is almost 2 years old and i dont even know you will read my comment but it really helped me to go through your post and relate it with my current mental state.. I have been having this emotional breakdowns quite a lot lately that i have started to feel i need to see a therapist or something. I know feeling when you get when you know deep down you are being ignored by someone you truely love and you so dont want to believe it or accept it…its a feeling i am fighting every night and i am hoping hope against hope that this feeling will pass and i will be done with this feeling of despair. And move on without ever looking back.

  24. Reading this really made me see that I’m not alone with these feelings. It was like reading my own thoughts. People just don’t understand how an aweful childhood can effect you the rest of your life. I have been fighting to break out of the prison which holds my tattered soul. Some days I do ok but when the shit hits the fan I’m totally alone and that hurts even more than the situation I’m in. I can totally relate to what you are going through. I’m sorry that you are dealing with this but you’re not alone. People like us just have to keep pushing through the mucky situations and try our best to keep faith that someday things will be okay.

    • Thanks for your comment. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. You’re right. Childhood hurts follow us the rest of our lives, & to lead healthy lives we just have to push through it. I hope you are doing well these days.

  25. My mother too was emotionally abusive to my family. And when it happened, the status quo was to just let it happen and pretend everything was ok because hey, she couldn’t help it. It left emotional scars on me. I’m afraid of happiness. Afraid of emotional attachment. Because my childhood taught me that when you get close to someone, they abuse you. But I need to be able to forgive her. I MUST. for my own sake. I MUST let go of this emotional weight around my neck. I’m done intellectualizing my feelings. I want to HEAL.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your mother & your family situation in general. I know how damaging it can be. Worse is, if you’re anything like me, that abuse is normalized & you gravitate toward people who act the same way. You deserve to heal, & forgiving her, & forgiving yourself for any guilt, is important. I wish you best on your journey. ❤

  26. Hey there. I’m sorry you feel this way. I’m sort of feeling the same thing too right now. This girl I really liked sort of just cut off all contacts with me.

    I guess the feelings are still there for her…

    This was the first time I really got to know a girl and be by her side. We both talked regularly on the phone and through text a while back. I was helping her with her college essays since I’m a college student. We grew fond of each other’s presence and I really liked her. I knew she liked me too since she always called first. It was a really good feeling. But things slipped when I introduced her to my friends. I started overthinking and overanalyzing everything, so much to the point that I lost her. It hurts so much knowing that I lost something that could’ve been because of my own selfishness and carelessness. Side note: I never dated anyone before, so when I got to go on a date with her, I was so thrilled and happy.

    She turned into someone different and made me think about my real self, calling me fake and not expecting any of this from me because I was known as a nice guy in school. I wasn’t sure if I was doing the right thing anymore and I wanted to apologize so bad. I did and we started talking again, but I tried to hide the feelings as best as I could. I knew she had already moved on because she deleted me off her social media profiles. She only kept my number. When I saw her photos with another guy, I just couldn’t help but feel broken inside. I imagined myself to be the guy holding her.

    Almost every day, I can’t stop thinking about her. It’s so difficult to move on because I still care for her. Even though we never formally entered the relationship status, I can’t stop the feelings. Maybe because it’s my first time really loving someone that much because of her affections towards me back then. Now… It’s all gone. I wish I hadn’t been so stupid with the overthinking and overanalyzing.. I would’ve been able to be the person who made her days happy, but in the end, I crushed her and myself, which is so hurtful. I just want a second chance, but it seems she’s already going out with another guy…

    I’m sorry; I just had to let this all out.. I’m emotional, as she pointed out. She also pointed all the flaws in me and I’m trying ridiculously hard to fix them.

    I’m trying to look forward and keep my chin up, but it’s still hard.

    • It’s been a couple of weeks since you posted this, so I hope you’re feeling a little better about things now. It’s hard to lose someone we care about, & then to watch them moving on, especially when we feel stuck in the pain. Hopefully you’ll be able to move on yourself soon.

      Remember there’s nothing wrong with being emotional, as long as you don’t let those emotions take over & cause you to act out in hurtful ways. Also, I don’t know what sort of flaws she pointed out, but make sure you are making those changes for you. What other people perceive as flaws aren’t necessarily so. Be true to who you are, as long as those parts of yourself aren’t hurting yourself or others.

    • If she is pointing out all the flaws in you, then she has yet to look inside herself. People usually do this because there is something inside themselVes that they can’t come to grips with, and instead of facing it, they blame others for things that go wrong. in your failed relationship for example, she’s placing blame on you, and not looking at her own actions. At the same time though, you cannot tell her this. unless she asks you to help her, All you can do is look inside yourself and try to fix your own problems.

  27. Wow. You sound like a twin of me. Hell, its like we’re the same two people. I have bipolar with severe anxiety and depression and probably borderline personality as well. I’ve never dated and never had luck with it. So, I’m always in the same state. I feel sad, unloved, unwanted and forget what happiness ever felt like. I haven’t been happy in years. I feel like suicide is my only option and have thought that for years. I don’t know why I was put on this earth? I was hospitalized, but that only goes so far. Anyway, sorry for rambling but it feels good to know that there is some exactly like me out there. I thought I was all alone. But back to your question about embarrassment, I’ve had plenty and one was recently crying at work infront of the who’s staff. I was tired of working there and told them it was because of something else. I left and never went back to work there again. Thanks for the post!

    • Sorry it’s taken my a couple of months to get back over here. I moved & have been busy with a lot of changes here. Things are really looking up for me. I hope you can say the same. If not, keep working on it. I know all too well the feeling dying is the only, or the best, option we have. But it’s not. It can be hard, requiring a lot of difficult work, but you can get back to happy. It was that long ago I couldn’t even remember what being happy felt like, & didn’t think I would ever feel it again, but now I have. I was sure killing myself had gone from being an “if” to a “when”. Now I’m really looking forward to life.

      And, how many jobs have I left the same way? Can’t even count. Anyone who has never felt that way doesn’t get it, but depression & anxiety are evil & disruptive. Here’s to a new, better job, either now or right around the corner!

  28. Oh! i just found much things mutual. but for me it is really hard to move on. Being alone just rottens up a person. i am too much sensitive. Unfortunately. 🙂 Dunno till when to survive.

  29. my God – it’s like you cut & pasted from my journal. So much of what you wrote is true from my life – growing up happiness was offensive, we never knew when the explosion would come. Most of the time now everything feels worthless, I feel worthless, stupid, ugly – I’m the yellow traffic signal that people speed past to get somewhere else as long as it’s away from me. (I had a longer time between dates however – my first boyfriend was over the summer of 1980. My next and last date was in 2010.)

    I hope your life is better; I’m currently in the emotional meat grinder – because I got lousy customer service at a Sunoco station. (sigh).

    • I’m sorry you’ve had similar troubles. :-/ I guess we just have to keep moving forward. I know what you mean about the meat grinder coming up over things that logically we know are insignificant, but when the come up at the right time it’s like somebody dropped a bomb on us.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  30. Thank you for so thoroughly and eloquently expressing the way I feel. I feel like I’m a lab animal in a horrible experiment called life. The purpose of the experiment is to see how much pain I can take before the break is complete and I’m broken beyond recognition. Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone.

    • I know this is more than a year old, & I can’t believe I’m just seeing it. But I do like to respond to all of my comments, since I don’t get too many of them 🙂 , so thank you for stopping by & commenting, & I’m glad I was able to share something that resonated with you. However, I’m sorry any of us have to feel this way.

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  33. I can definately identify with what you described. It takes a lot of work for me to get back to rationality.

    • I must have been really slacking when your comment came in! I’m sorry it’s been about a year & a half, & I’m just now seeing this. Thank you for stopping by & for commenting. It’s always nice to know something I’ve said meant something to someone.

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  35. I have SO been there! I’m sure I’ve mentioned Music Night. Sometimes it triggers me. I feel like I’m on the outside sometimes because most of the people are coupled up. There are friendships that exist outside that one night and none of them include me. I still like to go and I enjoy it mostly, but without my meds, those feelings would most likely crush me. When I have been out of my meds or been in a more emotionally unstable place, they HAVE crushed me. I have had a couple of breakdowns there and your writing about the party just helped me realize why.

    I love you. You ARE worthy you know. It’s the bama losers who aren’t worthy.

    • *hugs* We are too awesome for the men! Or for depression, etc.

      Interestingly, said boy texted me out of the blue today apologizing. We’ve been talking, & it’s been nice. Honest talk, not small talk chit-chat trying to be clever like before. But who knows. He may disappear again. C’est la vie.

  36. Ugh! Been there. I wound up on the psych unit after being dumped. That’s where I met my husband of 40 plus years. It hasn’t been easy but we are still together. Good luck.

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