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Lately I've been feeling so overwhelmed. I absolutely hate myself. Sometimes I can't even see what's the point of living anymore. Anyone else feel this exact same way?

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Last Updated: 12/06/2021 at 9:20pm
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January 29th, 2018 7:49pm
You are not alone! Many people can feel overwhelmed for a variety of reasons. Not all of which are always obvious. When the feeling of being overwhelmed becomes too much for one person to cope with and a good sign of this is seeking escape then it is time to seek professional help. Your doctor is a good first port of call. There is no shame in this and they will be underdtanding and point you in a direction where you can recieve treatment and you will start to feel better with the right treatment plan.
January 24th, 2018 1:06pm
Sounds like you have been going through a lot lately! I'm not sure how to send this feeling through the screen, but I want to let you know that I'm concern about you! People do feel down in the dumps from time to time, and for most of the time, this is absolutely fine and normal; and some people feel this more deeply than the others. But when this feeling of distress, depressed, or apathy is taking over your life, stopping you from experiencing and enjoying life as you'd hope to, then this is a sign that something should be done about this feeling. There are many good and legitimate ways for you to get help to deal with these negative feelings, one of which is the receive support from positive communities around you, but if you start to feel things are beyond what you cope, do not be afraid to seek for professional mental health help! Don't give up, and hope that you can receive the support and help you need!
January 24th, 2018 4:13pm
I felt this way many times for 3-4 years a few years back, but with help and support it can go away. It is very common to feel overwhelmed, and asking yourself what the point is can be very numbing and painful. I eventually changed career paths to pursue jobs where I could more directly help people, and that small change eventually manifesting into a larger change over time. I will still, once in a while, feel overwhelmed or very self critical, but I just have to remember that we can only do our best with each day and that no one is perfect. Picture what you truly want out of life and move to work your way there if you can. I would be happy to go into more detail or answer a more specific question if that would help too. Hang in there, we all want you to feel better and get what you want out of life!
May 1st, 2018 5:23am
Sometimes.. when we expect too much from us and want everything in perfection, we often have this feeling when we cannot achieve that perfection. Main thing is to accept ourself and be a little more easy on ourself.
June 11th, 2018 6:21pm
It's completely fine to feel this way. I myself have enough times. What I find helps is having things that calm you down when you feel too overwhelmed with everything that's going on. I personally use music and close friends
August 18th, 2020 3:57pm
You're not alone. Finding meaning in life is very individual and can be a very difficult road to discover on your own. You're brave for putting your feelings out here in the open. A lot of people feel the way you are feeling currently especially during this pandemic. Has this feeling been lingering and slowly building for a while? Often times when we throw ourselves in new activities the purpose we look for can slowly come up to the surface. I hope you keep reaching out. Existential questions require more time but it is a worthy pursuit. I send you warmth. There is hope.
December 6th, 2021 9:20pm
I have felt this way before, and I nearly didn't survive it. What got me through was taking my issues one by one and slicing them into manageable bite-sized goals that didn't feel like I was going to drown in. I also wrote a lot in my journal to keep me from feeling alone because everyone I did try to talk to who had good intentions, seemed to make me feel worse. It was easy for outsiders to say, "you've got this," when they aren't drowning in the stress and depression I felt I might never escape from. Also, knowing I wasn't alone helped. Social groups helped me a lot.