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Lack of emotions, feeling detached, anger. Is this a psychological disorder?

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I dont feel any emotions, neither greif, nor happyness except for anger at times. I have no affection for any family member except for my DOG. Because of being so detached and uninvolved, I have no friends, and close ones call me insensitive and selfish. Its just that I have no empathy for anything..Am I normal or this is some underlying phsychological disorder
Posted Sun, 27 May 2012 in Mental Health
Answered by Dr. Ashish Mittal 4 hours later
Thanks for your query.

I appreciate your efforts for medical consultation in current distress.

Important aspects of your query are:
•     34 year old female
•     Complaints of: Lack of emotion, affection and empathy.
•     Concern related to presence of any psychological problem.

It is difficult to comment what problem you have, but from nature of your query it is clear that you do not following problem at least:
-Psychosis (also known as madness): as you yourself seeking help here
-Severe depression: as you are working towards improvement.

Following are possibilities in your case:
-Personality issues
-Mild depression
-Thyroid hormone problem: Get fasting serum TSH assay done

I need following information to help you better:
-Duration of your problem
-Distress in personal, social and occupational life because of problem
-How is your sleep and appetite
-History of thyroid hormone problem
-Do you use any substance use or addiction history

Wish you good health.
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