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Hey doc haha
since I was about 14 I've been obsessed with the idea that there's something wrong with me emotionally. I remember as a child feeling a general undertow of joy in life and I haven't felt any joy since (I am now 19). My emotions feel dulled and never invigorating.
When I was 1 my house burnt down leaving me withobvious scars.
I was bullied through primary school and the first couple of years of high school, after the bullying stopped people still treated me like scum.
Also I grew up around alcoholics.
I still laugh and cry and such but don't really feel any emotions strongly.  
The only times I ever really feel satisfied are when I'm being intimate, having an inspired conversation, absorbed in a book or drunk.
The rest or the time I'm numb and questioning my emotions.
I've been thinking about seeing a psychologist soon and was wondering if there is actually something wrong or if everyone is just happier when they are children.
If there is something wrong I'd really like to hear what you think it might be.
Should I see a shrink?
Thank you.

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Kori,

You have experienced a lot of traumatic events in your life (the fire, being bullied, and living with alcoholics) can leave you with some major psychological needs that should be addressed in a therapy setting. I would encourage you to see a psychologist or clinical social worker. I don't know if this point you need to see a psychiatrist (AKA "shrink"), but this is something that you and your therapist can discuss.

Best wishes,
Dr. Luna

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Kristina Luna

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I specialize in clinical psychology with particular experience in clinical hypnosis, borderline personality disorder, LGBTQ, and aging. I have not worked with children for several years and would not feel comfortable answering child and adolescent based questions. My interests in adult psychology are fairly diverse, so please, sent me a question and lets see if I can help.

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I have been working in the field of psychology, to some degree, since 1998. Initially, my work was more behaviorally based, but through my educational and training experiences, I have expanded to a more eclectic viewpoint. I have taught introductory psychology and have worked in college counseling. I have also studied hypnosis for several years, completing my dissertation on basic research in hypnosis. Finally, I completed my internship and residency in a transitional treatment program for young adults (18 - 16) with difficulty transitioning from home.

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Doctor of Psychology 2009 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, Pennsylvania Master of Arts in Psychology 2002 MCP Hahnemann/Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 1997 Keuka College Keuka Park, New York

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