Q. Is it normal to get emotionally unstable, overthink, and not feel sympathy for others sometimes?

Answered by
Dr. Vandana Patidar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 23, 2023

Hello doctor,

Recently my cat died, and it was two months old. I was devasted. It made me confused because recently, around six months my close friend's mom also died. But I did not care about it. It sounds horrible, and I know it, but I did not feel any sympathy. Why I am more upset for her? I never meant it. But why am I more upset about the cat? I have always been like this whenever there was a disaster or terrorist attack. Deep down, Iam not care, but if I came to know about any suicidal attempt, then I am sympathetic. I am too scared to talk about this with someone I know, so I am not sure if this is normal. I am just overthinking. Can you explain?

Kindly help.



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Thank you for your query.

Attachment to the people was crucial, and I felt emotions for them. But what you were feeling was quite normal, and it happens to people the things related to them. They do not feel anything about those disaster occasions. So you are not abnormal, normalcy has so many variations, and you may be a variant.

I hope this has helped you.

Thank you.

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