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by phoenix76
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Mutual Support Group
Topic: loneliness
Replies: 4
Views: 1148

Re: loneliness

I have experienced moments of intense loneliness. Has anyone else noticed that it feels like suffocating? Or is that just me? Sometimes, I have literally gasped for air. Unfortunately, therapists make out that all you need to do is join a couple of classes, summon up your courage and everything will...
by phoenix76
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Mutual Support Group
Topic: Sexual Dysfunction
Replies: 18
Views: 7578

Re: Sexual Dysfunction

Does masturbation work for you - or is it just when you are with a partner that you feel "nothing" Yes, masturbation is ok. Much depends on anxiety levels. I find that if my general anxiety is high, I struggle to get erections even when masturbating. Other times masturbation can be great....
by phoenix76
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Mutual Support Group
Topic: Sexual Dysfunction
Replies: 18
Views: 7578

Re: Sexual Dysfunction

But it's great that you know this about yourself. Have you ever had counselling to try and undo what's made life feel difficult for you? Or have you tried some sort of self help, since you know how your problems formed? Thanks maisi. I have had a little bit of counselling, but barely enough to make...
by phoenix76
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Family, Friends and Carers
Topic: Partner took overdose at the weekend
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

Re: Partner took overdose at the weekend

I'm so sorry, that must have been awful. My advice would be talk to him. Suicide is not a dirty little secret. It isn't shameful. And anyone who makes you feel that it is shameful is an insensitive moron. It is a perfectly natural reaction to extreme pain. You must identify the source of that pain a...
by phoenix76
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Mutual Support Group
Topic: Sexual Dysfunction
Replies: 18
Views: 7578

Re: Sexual Dysfunction

Where does the shame come from, is it something specific or just how you feel about yourself? I'm not sure where the shame comes from tbh. I was never abused in any way. On the contrary, I had very loving, supportive parents and grew up in a leafy suburb. But the family unit was way too tight and i...
by phoenix76
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Mutual Support Group
Topic: No meaning to my life
Replies: 3
Views: 991

Re: No meaning to my life

Is it Tom? First of all, so long as you have compassion and are kind to those you meet (just smiling and saying thank you to the cashier in Tesco, for example), your life has meaning. I don't know whether there is a an afterlife, but if there is I hope the big question will be "did you add to t...
by phoenix76
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Mutual Support Group
Topic: Sexual Dysfunction
Replies: 18
Views: 7578

Re: Sexual Dysfunction

Sorry Phoenix, I can be a bit too lighthearted sometimes, just trying to escape my own painful situation by making jokes. Of course difficult mental health issues affect the whole person, including such an emotional aspect like sex. My relationships over the years have been affected by my mental/em...
by phoenix76
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Mutual Support Group
Topic: Social Anxiety.... Advice please!
Replies: 154
Views: 51504

Re: Social Anxiety.... Advice please!

Hey phoenix, Thanks for posting. :) You're totally right. I've been discovering this the hard way, but I am slowly learning not to run before I can walk. Reduced my meds too early last week... And crashed. :( Little while before, started work .... Lasted thirty minutes in my first shift but couldn'...
by phoenix76
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Mutual Support Group
Topic: The pros and cons of (alcohol) self medicating
Replies: 62
Views: 16616

Re: The pros and cons of (alcohol) self medicating

Does e not do that Terrible for people prone to depression. E, and similar drugs, give you a massive rush of dopamine (I believe). But the brain then re-balances and you feel badly depressed. Users of E call this "suicide Tuesday". In other words, they take it on a Saturday night, feel aw...
by phoenix76
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Mutual Support Group
Topic: Sexual Dysfunction
Replies: 18
Views: 7578

Re: Sexual Dysfunction

That's not fair. Viagra? It works, but only on the erection itself. So I basically have a hard but numb penis. It's also fairly pleasureless. I'd like strong, natural erections; to feel that rush of desire instead of this cold, numb detachment. I suspect that anxiety and depression are at the heart...

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