Why do I feel this way if I am privileged and dont really have anything to worry about?
Last Updated: 08/12/2019 at 4:13pm
Dominecaa White, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Emotional challenges take a toll on who we are and can limit us from being our best. My desire is to help all clients experience freedom from emotional bondage.
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It might be that you just have a chemical imbalance in your brain. It's possible that what you have is purely a biological condition - you don't produce enough serotonin. That's not your fault, it's not a flaw in your personality. It's just something going on in your body, like diabetes. If you are feeling depressed, please don't hesitate to seek professional help - it can really help you feel better.
Mental illnesses do not discriminate. You can be poor, rich, white, black, brown, and anything in between- your feelings are always valid, no matter how "good" your life may seem compared to others.
Having privilege doesn't mean you have nothing to worry about. It just means you have some advantages over other people--they have some extra things to worry about that you don't. You can still have a really bad life and a lot of legitimate problems even if you have several different kinds of privilege. The good news (for you) is that you probably have more tools available to you than most people do to deal with your problems, once you identify them. It sounds like you may be depressed, for a start. Maybe a therapist could help you figure out why, and what to do about it?
I do not know what you are going through, but things like anxiety, depression, ptsd, eating disorders can effect anyone, they do not care about race, sex, sexual orientation, economical state.
Like a couple of others have said, mental illnesses do not discriminate. Anyone can get them, and a lot of times, no one group is more likely to get them than any other (unless we're talking genetics, that is). You could live in a mansion and never have had to worry about anything and still have depression. It makes no difference. On top of that, depression isn't just caused by your situation. There's many different types of depression and they're caused by different things. A lot of the time, it's just a chemical imbalance in your brain. You have too much of x hormone, you have too little of y hormone, your brain doesn't take up the hormone fast enough, your brain takes it up too fast, etc. (Side note: From what I've been told, those possibilities are why sometimes depression medication CAUSES suicidal thoughts. It doesn't do the right thing for the person) Please don't feel guilty for the way that you're feeling right now. It's not something that you can choose or that you can influence and change. It's a thing that happens and it's very common. So common, in fact, that they call depression the common cold of mental illnesses. The best thing that you could do for yourself right now is get yourself some professional help to get through this. We're all here for you
'Privileged' has nothing to do with your psychology and emotions. Everyone is a human being and has a brain regardless of their economic or social situation. Everyone has hardships from time to time whether they are very heavily involved in your life or very personal. Celebrities feel pain too, even the Queen might have a cry or two. We all travel on different emotional wave lengths, so don't worry too much about feeling a certain way, unless it begins heavily interfering with your life which is when you should seek guidance from a doctor. Don't worry, you deserve your emotions and you deserve your thoughts. You are your own person and you live your own unique life.
You feel this way because privileged doesn't mean happiness. It only means that you have things other don't but others may have things you do not like happiness, wellness.
For years I chased happiness by trying to accomplish more, acquire more and know more than anyone else. I later learned that only %10 of happiness is dependent on our circumstances. How we live and how much we have only accounts for %10 of our daily experience of happiness. About %50 is determined by biology and genetics and the remaining %40 is the things we do for ourselves and others on a daily basis that leads to lasting happiness. Self-care, meditation, being involved in our community in a helping way are all methods of generating happiness that produce a lasting benefit both for ourselves and other. I wish you peace! ~J
I believe the answer is in your question. You are worrying because you have nothing to worry about. 'you have a lot of time on your hands.
You feel like because other people are worse off, you don't have the right to feel negative emotions
because sad feeling don't care if you're the richest, wisest, prettiest person. It can happen to anyone. There is no mold to it. Don't discard your feeling because you have it better then others, your feelings are just as valid.
Alright, the thing with this question is that the person asking it is implying that privileged people have no worries. Privileged people have many worries, in fact, sometimes more than poor people. Sometimes when you are privileged it is easy to worry that you will lose those privileges. There are basic worries that every human has, being privileged does not exempt you from worries. Every human being worries for the people they love, or their grades, or that they could lose something important. Being privileged does not negate those worries, and no privileged person should ever feel guilty or weird for having them. It's a human thing.
Bad things could happen to anyone, regardless of whatever privileges they may have! And everybody is privileged in some ways compared to other people. Your own problems are just as important as anyone else's because your feelings are just as important as anyone else's. You shouldn't feel guilty about completely normal and healthy human emotions such as anxiety and worry.
Being privileged doesn't mean you are free from all problems. It just means you don't experience the same problems as others do.
privilege of any kind doesn't somehow negate your feelings. everyone suffers. many people, with and without privilege, struggle with their mental health, and that's okay. mental illness doesn't discriminate, and you, like everyone else, deserve to be happy. something else to remember is that while environment absolutely impacts mental health, there are so many other causes that could apply to you, like biological or genetic components to mental illness. in short, you can absolutely feel however you're feeling and be privileged. one doesn't negate the other.
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