My name's Paul. I'm 23 years old from NY, and for the past 7 months or so, I've been homebound with chronic tiredness and many other symptoms. Before I get to those, however, I'll give a short and sweet background on me.
My personality is one of introversion. I never really partook in social activities throughout my life, and I never had a true "best friend" or an intimate relationship (only acquaintances or work relationships). My sense of humor was phenomenal. I always excelled at school, particularly in the sciences. Studying was really my main hobby and I was great at it. I also held an awesome part-time job at a drive-thru convenience store for 4 years while attending college.
After I graduated, I got a job working at a laboratory overnight. It lasted for 6 months (got laid off last November). Since then, I've been unemployed, living at home with my mother and brother.
Ever since around February or so, I started experiencing the following symptoms:
Excessive tiredness (mostly mental), wanting to sleep all the time
Homebound and not going out, decreased social interaction (mostly out of fear due to all these symptoms I have)
Difficulty concentrating and focusing
Total loss of interest in things
Having this "blank" feeling all the time, like feeling no emotion for things (I feel neither sad nor happy)
Very apathetic and unmotivated to do ANYTHING (this is the worst symptom...for example, I was supposed to start a Ph.D program next month, but I just can't do it)
So these are my symptoms. I'm not hallucinating or experiencing delusions or suicidal thoughts, and bodily I feel ok. No aches or pains, nothing like that. I went to my doctor last month, took a blood test. Everything checked out normal, except he said I have Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), which could cause chronic fatigue syndrome, but I don't think I meet all the criteria for that.
And I currently don't have health insurance....hopefully my Mom could get it at work or I'll have to lie to get Medicaid (if I can follow through with social services).
I'm in such a rut, and the hardest part is that nobody in my family is showing any genuine concern. Seeing my previous level of functioning, they think I'll just "snap out of it," but I know it's a serious matter.
WHAT COULD THIS BE? Please help....I wish I was back to my old self again.