Do you feel numb, like there’s a dark hole in your chest? If so, there could be several reasons why you feel empty inside. Chronic emptiness can be a difficult experience – knowing that you should feel certain emotions, but you don’t feel anything. It could result from long-term stresses such as PTSD, relationship problems, and even mental health disorders. Often, depression and emptiness go hand in hand. If you’re feeling numb, lonely, and lost in life, it’s important to examine what situations, experiences, or ways of thinking could be contributing to your emotional emptiness.