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Ask Amy: Overwhelmed man wants to withdraw

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I'm struggling. We started a business and had a baby during the pandemic. My wife and I have become reclusive (especially me).

The isolation has caused me to lose my social graces.

Basically, I just feel annoyed by everyone.

I don't want to get together with people.

My increased presence on social media has shown me how crazy some of these friends’ ideas are.

I liked them better when I knew less. I could just focus on what we have in common. I've discovered some very unattractive traits about a lot of the people I interact with.


I'd like to ask how to return to previous ways, but I don't know if I even want to.

I still do some things: I play sports and coach, but I don't really socialize much.

I used to go to parties, bars, golf outings, etc.

I just don't feel like doing these things anymore, and I’m turned off by people.


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