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January 22, 2010

Dear Delta, I had to respond, because your post sounded familiar to me. I have a cousin with traits so similar to those you describe. She is 17 now, and was just diagnosed with an attachment disorder this past year. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body, but she just doesn't connect quite the same way socially as most, and she describes feeling bland much as you do. I wondered that you mention the birds- my cousin's mother was an animal hoarder. Because of that, my cousin grew up caring for many, many creatures (especially cats), but she also suffered many, many lost pets, too (and recently, though after the diagnosis, the loss of both her parents). I always felt this might have contributed to her social detachment. It may be something for you to explore more deeply within yourself, anyway. Just a thought to let you know you are not alone out there in your struggles. I think you are on the right track, asking yourself questions at this point. Although you may not feel terribly bothered by your emotional state, wouldn't it be nice for you to discover more, and potentially unearth a whole new dimension to your life that might give you fulfillment you didn't even know could be had... Best wishes to you, Delta.
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January 28, 2010

Thank you so much for your response and sharing the information about your counsin. I was begining to wonder if i was on my own with this particular problem as no-one had replied in a while. Now i can put a possible name to the problem and i know a professional could potentially help me. I feel a little safer in maybe doing some reserch and approaching the NHS for help. Thanks again.