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Have This Symptom? Emotionally Numb

Discussion in 'General' started by GodSeeker, Jan 16, 2007.

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  1. GodSeeker

    GodSeeker Active Member

    I want to ask if you have this symptom: A loss of feeling, litteraly an absence of feeling (for example unability to fall in love). I want to knw if this some of you have this. I want to assure myself that is a consequence of a fear. I am a little worried about this because it is not nice to live with lack of emotions.
    "Its all about training"
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  3. permban0077

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    GS, I think being emotionally numb is a very normal stage. But not a permanent thing.
  4. anthony

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    Emotional numbness is a part of PTSD, but that doesn't really have anything to do with love itself, as Love encompasses many more things. A person can be emotionally numb, yet still be "in love" with another person.
  5. Terry

    Terry Well-Known Member

    Yes. My wife tells me I'm without emotion most of the time but I wasn't always this way. I do feel love,mucho love it just won't show. I think sometimes we don't allow ourselves to feel much B/C of the pain which makes us seem as though we have lost any emotion. Just my 2 cents.
  6. Nam

    Nam I'm a VIP

    GS, sometimes I feel as if I'm totally without emotion for circumstances that should call for extreme emotion; like notice of a death. What I realize now is that I have a very delayed reaction. Sometimes weeks, sometimes years. Other than that, I'm about as emotional as they get. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
  7. saflyfish

    saflyfish New Member

    I dont feel much emotion.I cant cry.The saddest part is that i used to feel deep love for people in my family and now i dont.I have lost emotion through my ptsd.I know how you feel
  8. cookie

    cookie I'm a VIP

    for a long time, i felt "plastic" or numb, when i would normally "feel" something. i am starting to get the feelings back, i don't know if it's me or the meds. Now sometimes i have too much emotion and cry, etc. when it is a little out there. sometimes i notice that i may be extremely down, and i will put on a happy face, like at school, and those around me think i am doing great, but if they knew what was going through my mind, they'd think i was a nut. makes me feel like a fraud, but it's the only way i can get through my job every day.
  9. GodSeeker

    GodSeeker Active Member

    I think in my case it may be due to loneliness in which I am :dontknow: . 8 years without see my family, living in other country, speaking other language and in conditions that normally accompagn exil. But I think that it is majorily due to dissociation. Precisely it is difficult to me to express happiness feelings like love, joy, great surprise. Sure I feel a lot of things like anger, rage, sadness. Yes...It seems more like feelings negative emotions rather positive ones than no feeling at all. Means it that we are not emotionally numb (without emotions) but we feel only or much more negative omotions rather than positive? Yeah...I have big amount emotions of ANGER....but nothing of love, friendship for example. Is this true?
  10. Burn

    Burn Active Member

    Hey there. Actually numbness is THE MAJOR PROBLEM i do have. Though others say i do have emotions, and i guess i would sense them if i could see me in the mirror the whole day ... but i don't feel emotions. Somehow my thinking and my emotions seem disconnected. I do react on emotions of other people correctly, but it seems that sometimes they are worried and feel deceived because they tell how they feel but i don't tell them. The sad part is that i for most time can't tell, i am unable to give back. (I don't feel trust it seems that i can only do math to get to something like trust.) Some people think that i am hard-nosed, and some of them ... actually nearly no one of them ... is so truthfull and open that they tell me they do fear me for that. Somehow they are right ... i know that i could kill, could destroy ... but i can't find a cause for doing that ... because i have no feelings that would make a sense of that.
    Sometimes, in very rare cases ... people do something ... i don't know what it is ... that makes something in me jump ... for some seconds i do feel something ... this totally baffles me ... but i love it. Maybe that's why i like humans.

    Does anyone know how to tear down the wall? I would readily accept pain, fear, insanity and death to get more of this. I really don't mind, anything else has no meaning for me.

    (I guess you did see the loop numbness -> loneliness -> numbness -> ... )

    So if you could provide any help or direction ... i beg you please ... if you have an idea or an intuition ... please provide it to me ... i will check the consequences for myself and take the liability fully upon me.
  11. PTSDd_Off

    PTSDd_Off Member

    YES!!!! Emotional numbness is possibly one of the sadest and isolating aspects of this whole thing. I can't remember what its like to feel the emotion of happiness or be passionate about anything.
  12. Linda

    Linda Well-Known Member

    Yes, I do have this symptom. it is common, actually.
    Before I started working on my trauma, the emotions I was experiencing the most were anger and feeling down.
    Since my trauma occured before I started to interact with men, I had never been in love, at least as it is described in books. Was never able to maintain a close relationship with anyone.
    Realy, was the feeling of having a local anasthesia.
    However, as I am working on the problem and getting help, this is slowly resolving. Can not say thaat completely, but to some extend - definetely, I can see the difference now.
  13. Burn

    Burn Active Member

    My emotions i am expierencing most are anger and fear. I tried to not avoid and somehow ... well ... keep the wall down that blocks the feelings. But whoa theres much of that stuff lurking there. But i guess i am geting the evil by it's root now and then it will resolve. Heh.
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