When feeling empty, it could be a sign of depression or an underlying mental health concern. It is common for many people to experience feelings of emptiness sometimes, but when you feel this way most of the time, it may signal you should see your doctor or a mental health specialist. Sometimes when the feeling occurs, there are things you can do to help you feel better such as engaging in something new, getting together with family or friends, or writing in a journal. It may be suggested to do things that give your life meaning.  Talking about your feelings through therapy can be helpful as it may shed light on why you feel this way and what to do about it. Betterhelp discussed more about this in a recent article on their /advice section.

Emptiness Defined: What Is It?


When a person feels empty, they feel as if they have no purpose or meaning.  It is a feeling of despair, numbness, and isolated. There are different causes for these feelings such as grief, tragic loss, depression, hardship, or sudden life change with adjustment difficulties. Society tries to take advantage of people when they experience emptiness through consumers by pushing products claiming to bring fulfillment to a person. Instead, an option like engaging with friends, participating in a fun activity, helping others, or discussing your feelings with a trusted friend or professional can help you fulfill emotions more effectively.


Understanding Why You Feel This Way

Therapy can help you understand your feelings and even figure out the source of your emptiness.  Did you recently experience a tragedy or loss? Do you abuse substances like alcohol or drugs? Are you depressed or have you been diagnosed with a mental health illness? If you are not sure why you are feeling this way, talking to a therapist may be useful. Depending on the type of therapy recommended for you, you can learn how these feelings occurred and how they affect the way you view yourself and things around you. In some cases, people don’t realize how they let such feelings prevent them from growing as an individual and their overall well-being.


The Type of Therapy Depends on Your Needs


There are different forms of psychotherapy to help people dealing with emptiness. It depends on your situation and how it has affected your way of life. For example, people with depression dealing with emptiness may be recommended to use interpersonal therapy (IPT) or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT has been effective in helping people understand the aspects of negative thinking, unhealthy thinking habits, and how to identify thought patterns to change. IPT has helped people deal with relationship effects of emptiness by encouraging you to work through your problems. If you are dealing with a loss or find it difficult to cope with grief complicated grief treatment options are available. CBT has been helpful dealing with substance abuse.

For those coping with borderline personality disorder (BPD), a therapy known as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) has been effective by examining feelings and emotions through mindfulness techniques while working to be productive and social with others. Logotherapy is another therapy option helping people to understand their life purpose.   Keep in mind, other mental health conditions such as schizophrenia or anhedonia may be accompanied by emptiness and how therapy is used may vary from one person to another. Emptiness is an aspect considered when diagnosing someone with any mental health issue previously mentioned.


What to Think about If You Are Considering Therapy

Emptiness can leave people feeling as if there is no reason to do anything.  It can lead to feelings of hopelessness or feeling as if it will never go away.  Even if you don’t have a diagnosable condition, you can benefit from therapy.  It can help you move on from feelings of sadness.  You gain techniques and strategies to help you cope. You learn ways to stop negative thinking patterns. You get help working with personal feelings that get in the way of how you interact with others and personal conflicts associated with emptiness.  You gain a form of support that will help you understand yourself as the unique human being you are while helping identify personal needs.


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