Q. I am restless as my parents are separating. I need help.

Answered by
Dr. Ajay Singh
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 29, 2017

Hello doctor,

I have weird restlessness these days, and I do not feel like smiling. Whenever I close my eyes, I feel like smashing something to let out my anger. I do not even know if I should be angry about things that I am worried about. I do not know if they are worth it, but it affects me, and I cannot help it. All my life I wanted to get away from my family, and when it was finally happening, I am not happy. I am back to things that I have been dealing since I was a kid. My parents are going through separation, and my mother is going to live with me. I am dealing with all this domestic nonsense since I can remember. I need help.



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  • By the history provided, it can be discerned that you are currently experiencing what can be termed as an adjustment disorder, which is a very common occurrence after a person experiences a stressful situation such as the one you are going through with your parents.
  • One point which I would require further information about always wanting to be alone and not with your parents and that there are domestic issues. If you would further like to elaborate on the issues you face, it may prevent some future conflicts.
  • Regarding your current mood, I would suggest deep breathing exercises and yoga, like Pranayama and Shavasana.
  • Even after this, if you feel that your current mood is hampering your daily activity, then low dose antidepressant such as Sertraline 25 mg at night time along with low dose anxiolytics such as Etizolam 0.25 mg, may be taken on SOS basis. I suggest psychotherapy, like family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Hope this helps.

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