- Aug 8, 2023
Hello, I'm a 25-year-old man and I have had to live with chronic stress since adolescence due to the psychological and social consequences of having a "peculiar" physical appearance, a very narrow bone structure, and facial asymmetry. The loneliness that comes with dealing with this and knowing that I'll have to live alone for the rest of my life doesn't let my mind rest, no matter how hard I've tried. In the end, humans are social beings, and unmet intimacy needs can obviously make you sick.
This chronic stress has manifested over time with very bothersome physical symptoms to the point where I've wanted to end my life. Headaches, digestive problems, intense dizziness – I've been trying psychiatric medications for years, but they haven't yielded results. Marijuana is the only thing that alleviates my pain, but living high all the time is not sustainable.
The cause of my chronic pain has a psychological origin, triggered by the distress of knowing that I will never be able to experience romantic relationships. However, at the same time, the situation that causes this cannot be resolved.
What would you do in my situation?