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Why do I feel so empty?

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Last Updated: 09/08/2020 at 8:37pm
Why do I feel so empty?
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Johanna Liasides, MSc


I work with youth and young adults to help them improve depressive symptoms and self-esteem as well as effectively address family, relationship and peer conflicts.

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November 15th, 2015 6:40pm
What is making you feel empty? What does empty feel like to you? Sometimes we for get to tell ourselves we are doing a great job or find the positive in every day. What are you missing in your life that you need or want? think of ways to fill these voided spaces. You are not empty you are full of goals which is great head out and start knocking them down.
November 25th, 2015 4:26am
I don't feel empty. I'm not a container for anything. I'm just a person who has Recurrent Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, HIV, and more!
November 29th, 2015 3:35pm
I don't know ask yourself why maybe something missing in your life love family friends you will only know and find out intill the day you stop feeling empty
December 2nd, 2015 3:09pm
Feeling empty is actually not a bad thing, if it leads to contentment. But if you feel despair and lost, then perhaps what you are feeling is not really empty, you are just not sure what it is yet
April 14th, 2016 11:38pm
Emptiness is not a way to describe oneself. The feeling is called loneliness. Every single one of us has felt that moment when a friend is talking to someone else and you feel a sudden tug in your heart. Jealously, sadness, but mainly loneliness. The feeling of being alone is called emptiness in your heart.
August 19th, 2015 4:04pm
Sometimes we feel empty because of things we have done or things we have not done. Just try to do as many things as you can and talk to people.
August 22nd, 2015 5:45am
Could be depression, You'd be best to see someone about it if depression is the cause of your emptiness.
August 22nd, 2015 8:47pm
Emptiness is a normal feeling as long as it is temporary. Who is to say how long temporary is but, as long as it doesn't interfere with your normal daily activities. When the emptiness begins to compromise who you are then it may be advisable to talk to someone.
August 22nd, 2015 8:50pm
Because our spiritual needs are satisfied. We are not sincere to people and we ignore poor and needy.
September 2nd, 2015 6:08am
You may feel empty because you are not being true to yourself around others, instead caring what they think of your every move. Or, maybe you just haven't eaten! (tip of the night -- whenever I feel really down, I ask myself before I go any further: am I hungry?)
September 4th, 2015 2:38am
As I do not know your situation, I can only offer speculation as to what you are asking. Often times people who say they feel empty are feeling numb or apathetic (indifferent) towards a lot of things in their life. This can be related to depression, social withdrawal, and even the regular part of growing up. It becomes problematic when feeling empty prevents you from doing things, if you have thoughts of harming yourself or others, or if it interferes with your regular functioning in daily life. As always, something can be distressing and problematic for you even if it does meet severe criteria or it is something that someone says shouldn't bother you. If you are bothered by it, talk to someone.
September 5th, 2015 6:48am
Maybe there is something in your life making you feel like this. Have you talked to a parent about how you've been feeling?
September 10th, 2015 10:35pm
Emptiness is one of the hardest feelings to over come, as you can't see any answer, most people will feel this at some point in there lives. The way I overcame this was by using positive reinforcement in the way I thaught about things, the way that I did things. And people started to notice the new me. This lead to people starting to approach me, and I started making new friends. Over time I noticed that that feeling of emptiness had gone as I felt for filled in my life. And that's what lead me to be a listener here. I know it sounds hard but the best way to start is by thing about something that makes you happy, and when you have a challenging situation you can use this thought to overcome the emptiness
September 12th, 2015 9:35pm
I often feel empty around the same time that i start looking around and feeling really really lonely.
September 17th, 2015 3:20am
I'm sorry you feel that way. ): Maybe you feel empty because you've just lost something that made you feel full; perhaps it was a lover, or a career, or anything of great importance to you. Take care to fill that void with health coping mechanisms rather than negative, and do remember to fill it-- lest it consume you.
September 21st, 2015 4:59pm
It is quite likely you have been through a traumatic experience or some other hardship in your life recently such as a break-up, a job loss, family/friend loss, etc and you are struggling to keep your spirits up. Sometimes marriage or moving in with someone, having your first child, buying your first house, moving house etc, job, can change your perspective on life. You can feel sad after the initial adrenaline has worn off or at a new stage in your life.
September 23rd, 2015 11:53pm
This can be a symptom of depression which can give you an empty feeling. Or, perhaps, something has happened in your life and you feel empty from this. Either way, you should get some help for it, whether that's talking it out with someone or getting help from a psychologist.
September 26th, 2015 11:23pm
Sometimes, people can feel empty due to personal conflicts or mental health conflict, such as depression.
October 21st, 2015 11:03pm
The sense of feeling empty is at times the pressure of meeting an expectation to society or even simply your family. And when we deem ourselves as we didn't achieve said goals we are deemed unworthy. When in reality success is all in our own self worth.
October 23rd, 2015 4:16am
I think we all feel empty sometimes because we keep on trying to find something we fill us, but 99% of the time 99% of the time it's right in front of us! :)
October 25th, 2015 4:06am
is there something you want to do or try that you havent had a chance to? maybe you need a little YOU time to feel less empty. keep your head up. you deserve to be happy.
October 25th, 2015 8:14am
Without knowing past experiences that could be triggering this feeling of emptiness it's extremely hard in fact nearly impossible to guess and pin-point your reason for feeling empty
October 28th, 2015 2:39am
You may be experiencing depression. People with depression commonly feel empty inside like something in their lives is missing.
October 29th, 2015 1:32am
Maybe you are focussing too much on negative things, or things you want but don't have, instead of focussing on the things in your life which are great:) everybody has things to be happy about, whether it family, friends, or health. We all need to take more time to value these things :)
October 29th, 2015 4:41am
you might feel so empty because you don't know what to feel at this moment, or could could have a sever case of depression.
October 29th, 2015 6:31am
This is a symptom of depression. I don't know if you have other symptoms, but if you do seek mental counseling.
October 29th, 2015 2:35pm
This my be because you have lost something you love or you may not have found it just yet, or maybe you have a chemical imbalance and need a little extra help
October 29th, 2015 7:48pm
Anhedonia is a type of depression which causes us to stop feeling any sort of pleasure or input from the outside world, it makes us feel hollow, closed off, nothing makes you feel good and so you feel like all your actions are empty. The good news about it is that like other symptoms of depression it is treatable.
November 5th, 2015 8:46am
Normally when emptiness is felt its because you have lost something personal in your life. Find the source of where the emptiness is coming from and talk about it to someone.
November 6th, 2015 1:44am
Probably because you don't have anything meaningful in your life. Try finding something you like and commit to it.