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Question #91438 posted on 06/21/2018 7:48 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have any of you ever been depressed for so long that you lose your emotions? I feel so numb that I can't even feel anything anymore and it scares me. It's like nothing really matters. How do you get your emotions back?

-My Name Here

A:

Dear you,

I would start by treating the depression as best you can. Talk to a therapist, and if medication is the best option for you, take it regularly. Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, and treating that should be the first step.

The biggest result of my experience with depression is the conviction that I never want anyone else, especially my loved ones, to feel that empty and hopeless. It may not be entirely in my power to prevent that, but it inspires me to be a better friend and family member and consistently show people how much I love and appreciate them. So whenever I find myself starting to feel numb or depressed, I reach out to the people I love and remind them how much they mean to me, in any way I can manage. Sometimes, if the depressed feelings are particularly strong, all I can manage is a "How are you" text. But doing so helps remind me that even if I don't have emotions at the moment and even if I can't manage to care about my own life, there are other people in the world who are wonderful and deserving of the happiness I can't seem to find. Even the emotion of caring about someone else is better than the emptiness, and reminds me that life is worth living .

Love,

Luciana