If you have played 'Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch', you are probably familiar with the little locket that Oliver uses; when walking around, sometimes this locket will glow, indicating he is near someone with a huge amount of a certain quality, like kindness or courage. You can take a piece of their 'heart' because they have more than enough of what they have. Then you may talk to some people who are lacking in certain qualities and you can help them by giving them the piece of heart that they are lacking. The Cat King near the beginning of the game was lacking in enthusiasm, though it was a bit more complicated than just giving him the piece of heart, he was still sorted out eventually.
I feel exactly like the Cat King did. I'm broken-hearted in real life, lacking enthusiasm; I feel like I want to do things but it takes an enormous amount of effort for me to achieve at most a mediocre level of performance in anything. If I start doing any university work, I feel immensely depressed for no reason. Within the past three years I have achieved little more than a year's worth of work. Last semester I failed all of my units. I was waking up somewhat earlier than usual during the holidays, but now I'm starting to wake up much later. It's extremely difficult to get to sleep and anhedonia is kicking in. I feel like there's nothing I can do. There are people who started university the same time I did and would be finishing their degree this year.
The most painful feeling that kills me every day is that of feeling like my talent and skill is going to waste. I am excellent at doing a large variety of things and I am also a quick learner, but I have no team, no work, nothing for which I can be useful. Without motivation to go on with my university course (and crippling depression) as well as not knowing what the hell I want or should be doing, I feel very lost, with no hope, no direction, no reason or purpose and no life. To me, I have already died inside, like the broken-hearted NPCs. Playing video games isn't a reward for hard work anymore, it's autopilot mode that puts my mind at ease temporarily through distraction.
If only it was as easy as giving me a piece of heart in 'the another world'.