I haven't been around here much, but I thought this forum would be the best place to ask. I've been overwhelmed recently. I suffer from depression, mostly stemming from low self esteem and I feel everything in my life is cluttered. I almost feel claustrophobic. I have a tendency to buy completely useless things and spend all my money on them, almost like a shopping addiction. Most of it is video games or electronics. I live in a house of conflict now, my Dad and his wife (my step mother) have a very strained relationship. Right outside my door I hear screaming battles about money and jobs and even complaints about me not doing this or that as an attempt to put the blame on me. We are middle class and I am really grateful that I am in this position, but I can't stand the constant hostility sometimes. My thoughts started today. What if I could just go away. I don't mean death, but a disconnection from this place and all of my stuff. Just a clean slate. And then comes my future career. I am introverted for the most part. If I am with my friends, my real friends, I open up. However, anyone else, especially strangers: I shutdown and I'm not myself. I have looked into freelance writing a little bit, it seems like a decent fit for me. So here are the questions: 1. What is a good education or degree to have, if any, for a freelance writing job? Those that have done this: how was it? 2. Any other more introverted jobs you can think of?