Can I Cure My Life of Loneliness, Stress and Suffering? the World Is in a Bad State, but Everything Will Become Worse Unless Each of Us Does His Best. So Let Us Be Alert FROM MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING BY VIKTOR FRANKL, AUSTRIAN NEUROLOGIST AND PSYCHIATRIST, 1905-1997

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Can I Cure My Life of Loneliness, Stress and Suffering? the World Is in a Bad State, but Everything Will Become Worse Unless Each of Us Does His Best. So Let Us Be Alert FROM MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING BY VIKTOR FRANKL, AUSTRIAN NEUROLOGIST AND PSYCHIATRIST, 1905-1997


Byline: BEL MOONEY

DEAR BEL FOR as long as I can remember, I've felt that I never fitted in -like standing, looking through a window, watching the world. Or being in a room full of people and feeling like the loneliest person.

I am 47 and have a 12-year-old mildly autistic child who struggles with social anxiety, separation and other healthrelated issues.

My partner (my son's father) and I have been together for 20 years.

I am disabled and struggle with social anxiety. You wouldn't know it by looking at me, as I'm the proverbial swan -all calm above water, but struggling to stay afloat below.

I work in an office, which I enjoy, but it's hard with my disability. There are lots of changes going on at the moment, making me stressed and sleepless.

I look in the mirror and see my late mother looking back, which terrifies me. I never had the best relationship with her, but loved her regardless. My life has been one long round of bullying and stress.

At school, I was picked on for being a bookworm/being small/wearing glasses. At home, Mum gave me a terrible time because of my closeness to Dad.

I have self-harmed a few times -when the stress builds up, it's the only way to release it. I think if it wasn't for my son, I would have died a long time ago.

I love my partner with all my heart, but he is extremely workorientated. Sometimes, I feel my son and I are irrelevant, which adds to my feelings of inadequacy. I imagine he will leave at some point.

I have a best friend (whom I have known most of my life), but I have pushed her away.

She was upset I was moving to a new area without discussing it with her, but one of the reasons was that I felt like just a sounding board whenever we met. She has a very wide circle of friends, but was my only friend.

Ever since my dad died, I've kept everyone at arm's length -I'm terrified of losing those who are close to me, so it seems easier this way.

I have siblings I no longer see -my choice, mainly because of the constant arguing and backstabbing with an element of bullying, too. But I'm devastated I don't see their children any more.

I would like advice on how to get some normality back to my life.

LOLA LET me say that I have just finished an extraordinary book that's had a profound effect -in fact, I read it twice over.

Called Man's Search For Meaning, this short world bestseller (first published in 1946) is by the late Viktor Frankl, the distinguished psychiatrist who spent three years in Nazi concentration camps, without knowing that his wife and parents had perished. …

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