Feelings of Guilt

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Yu Shirai

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Psychiatry

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Guilt is an emotional condition in which we feel conflicted about doing something we feel we shouldn't have done (or conversely, having not done something we believe we should have done). This can result in a persistent and difficult-to-manage feeling state.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Recent weight loss

  • Altered mental status (delirium)

  • Change in personality

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Easy fatiguability

  • Fainting with loss of consciousness

  • Decrease in sleeping desire

  • Suicidal thought

Possible causes

  • Adjustment disorder

    A psychological disorder, often with low mood and anxiety. It is triggered by a sudden change in life circumstances, e.g. divorce or losing a job.

  • Dissociative disorder

    Dissociative disorder is mental disorder that involve experiencing a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity. People with dissociative disorder escape reality in ways that are involuntary and unhealthy and cause problems with functioning in everyday life.

  • Depression

    Depression is a psychiatric illness that causes low mood, decreased energy levels, and poor sleep. This causes problems with daily activities like schooling and working. As the condition worsens, patients may also think of commiting suicide. Although depression can be caused by stress and trauma, in many cases no clear cause is found.

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depressive

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have feelings of guilt or self-blame, and being apologetic to others?

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Psychiatry

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