I Feel LostFeelingsI Feel Lost<div class="ExternalClass236D682D455142E68AABC74A21D51A90"><p>​<span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">I feel lost. Like I'm stuck in a bottle and can't leave. I've tried everything possible to help myself. Talking to my friends. My family. Working on putting myself first. But it never worked. I still don't understand this dark feeling I have. It is making me feel trapped. Sometimes I get asked if I'm ok but I just say I'm fine because even myself doesn't know what's wrong. I've tried writing, singing, dancing, drawing. Nothing can distract me from the pain. </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassA812F9CBD7B04226BA022B9029029D03"><p>​The lonely feeling you described sounds very overwhelming. It can be really difficult when you are having negative thoughts and are unable to find solutions that work or support to help. <br></p><p>It looks like you have quite the list of activities to distract your mind from this pain, although, as you said, lately, they have not been helping. They sound like good coping skills that would ordinarily help reduce your dark feelings, but perhaps that dark feeling is getting stronger at the moment. Coping skills are very effective, when they are used effectively. They are meant to give your mind and body a chance to recharge, to refresh, and to distract you from the pain as you described, but they will not be the answer to stopping the pain, to addressing the source of that pain.  <br></p><p>At times we need to give our body rest when the pain is too much. We have a few tips to consider:<br></p><p><a href="/Pages/Waiting-For-The-Storm-To-Pass.aspx?Topic=Suicidal%20Thoughts">Waiting For the Storm To Pass</a><br></p><p><a href="/Pages/tip-20-Questions-to-Ask-Yourself-if-You-Feel-Like-Giving-Up.aspx?Topic=Suicidal%20Thoughts">20 Questions To Ask Yourself</a><br></p><p><a href="/Pages/Feelings-Plan.aspx?Topic=Depression">Feelings Plan</a> </p><p>Your body could be telling you now, that it is time to expand your support network, to get more people in your life to help you through this, and you already started that by emailing us today. A support network can be family, friends and friends of family, counselors, therapist, school counselors, leaders in the community, doctors, psychiatrists, and more. There is a lot of support out there. Take the next step and tell a trusted adult in your life about the struggles you are facing.<br></p><p>We are here for you. Keep reaching out.<br></p><p>Matt, Counselor<br></p></div>15

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