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Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.
From your description, it sounds like you might be dealing with depression. A blunted affect is usually a sign of depression. It sounds like you may have a chronic, low grade type of depression called dysthymia.
Dysthymia is a depression that is characterized by consistent feelings of lack of interest, low productivity, low motivation and low self esteem. A person can do enough to get through life, but is not motivated to do more than that. It also explains your lack of excitement for any of life's challenges. Here are some other symptoms:
Loss of interest in daily activitiesFeeling sad or downHopelessnessLack of energyFatigueLow self-esteemTrouble concentratingTrouble making decisionsSelf-criticismExcessive angerDecreased productivityAvoiding social activitiesFeelings of guiltPoor appetiteOvereatingSleep problems
You can have some or all of these symptoms.
It is important that you consider an evaluation by a therapist or at your local community mental health facility. They can provide a diagnosis and a treatment plan to help you cope with your symptoms. Usually, individual therapy and a mild anti depressant can help you recover enough to begin enjoying your life.
You can also work on this issue at home. Here are some resources to help you get started:
The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by XXXXX XXXXX, XXXXX Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You by Richard O'Connor
The Half-Empty Heart: A Supportive Guide to Breaking Free from Chronic Discontent by Alan Downs
You can find these books on Amazon.com or your local library may have them for you.
I hope this has helped you,Kate
It sounds like an evaluation is especially important if you have a family history of emotional issues. Finding out what you have will go a long way in helping you to seek the right kind of treatment and help you recover soon.