I don’t know anything about mental health professionals and I don’t really know when they should be called on. I figured I would ask on here to find out maybe what I should do.
Here is my background situation:
I have always been a pretty well balanced guy. I grew up pretty poor and made friends with the wrong kids (nerds) very early on in my life. Unfortunately I grew up in a small town, so I graduated HS with the same kids that I started kindergarten with. The problem with this is that once kids form an opinion of you they tend to keep it forever unless there is some drastic change that makes them think differently. So I grew up as an outcast etc… I won’t go into that story because you have all probably heard the same one from a million different people on this board at one time or another.
Flash forward to when I turned 18. I had my first sexual experience at this age. It was with the girl I was in love with my whole life and it was worth the wait. I went in the USAF and moved out of my home town. When I got thru basic and hit my first duty station I was lacking the skillset that I needed to go out and meet people. I was, and am, extremely uncomfortable around people I don’t know. I met a girl there who I dated for a year and a half. We were best friends as well, so I pretty much hung out exclusively with her. Then she cheated on me while I was TDY in the desert and I had to dump her.
So I had about 4 months after I broke up with her to break out of my shell, make some friends, and have a 20 year olds life before I was going to go to Korea. I managed to meet some nice people and I partied, had sex, and did all the things young guys do. Didn’t make any really good friends though.
Got to Korea and made some really good friends. I also met my wife there. She was a GI and was slated to go to England and I was going to Colorado. So, like so many others, we got married so we could stay together. We had a good relationship for the most part. The problem was that she was a socialite and I was a home body.
Skip forward to FeB this year and my current problem:
We split up after 4 years. There was no infidelity, we were just incompatible. My daughter lives with her and I live alone in an apt downtown. We are still friends for the most part and I see my daughter all the time. The ex started dating someone a few months after I moved out. That hurt as it does most people, but I am not in love with her anymore so I am fine with it.
The problem is that I have no friends and have been alone, and I mean totally alone, for 8 months now. All of “our friends” became “her friends” after the divorce. You see, I work mid shift, full time as a network engineer. I work alone, and I mean totally alone, at work. There are only 3 people in the building on my shift.
I am a full time college student in my senior year of a BSEE. I go to school full time at night the whole week. The school I go to caters to working adults and the majority, like 80%, are over the age of 40 and/or married with kids. There is no resource for friends at school. I have been going to school non stop my entire life and it contributed to the failure of my marriage. I CANNOT slow down and take a class or 2 a quarter. I can’t take school anymore. I wouldn’t even finish if it weren’t for the massive amount of student loans I have accumulated. I am on track to graduate next September. If I had to go one more quarter past that I would seriously lose my mind.
The little bit of time that I do have, I need to make time for my daughter. I have her over night once every weekend and I try to get her for a few hours a few times a week. I can’t sacrifice this time with her to go hang out or make friends or whatever.
I was able to handle this living situation for the first 6 months or so after my divorce. I have always been a loner and, though it was hard, I was able to go back to being alone and survive.
The problem is I can’t handle it anymore. I really feel like I am going crazy. I NEVER go out because I am not really a clubber and don’t like to go to the clubs alone anyway. I haven’t had as much as a hug from anyone but my daughter in over 8 months. I work mids so on the weekend night that I don’t have my girl I can’t sleep at night. I try to watch movies and sometimes I will grab a 6 pack and that worked ok for 6 months or so.
I am suffering from MAJOR loneliness right now. I seriously don’t know if I can handle it much longer. My life growing up is starting to affect me again. I am starting to have major self-esteem issues from this and this is further pushing me away from society. I know in my head that I am a pretty good looking guy, but I always feel real ugly now. I have a mild case of adult acne, which I am already trying to treat with prescription drugs, and when I get one zit on my face, I become a total recluse until I can get rid of it. My teeth aren’t perfectly straight and it is buggin me now. My nose is big, etc… you have heard it all before. I find myself telling people I know, how shitty my life is on a pretty regular basis now.
I am in a desperate need of affection from someone other than my daughter. It’s getting to be winter time and thats the most depressing time of the year. I have been trying online personals and I went out with a pretty girl on Friday. She seems interested in me still, but for some reason I am finding myself obsessed with whether or not she, or anyone else I meet, is really gonna like me. I didn’t sleep more than 3-4 hours in the 2 days after we met. I haven’t heard from her since Friday, which is only a day, but I am feeling rejected for some reason. It’s sucking the life out of me.
So, to wrap this up, I think I may need help with this because I know in my head that I am overreacting to this situation. I know that this girl is just a person and I am not a total loser, but I can’t stop thinking about how shitty my life is right now. It’s on my mind constantly. I can’t shake it and it is bringing me down in a big way.
I am wondering if a therapist or shrink may be able to help me shake myself out of this. I have a full year before I can make any drastic changes to my life because of school, so I have to get thru it. I seriously feel like I am losing my grip and I am not sure that I can handle it alone anymore.
Any advice? Should I see the help of a professional? (BTW, I am not suicidal or anything like that, just ultra depressed)