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Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:06 pm
Hello to everyone here. I only discovered the existence of this forum about an hour ago and I made the decision to join. I am a middle-aged man suffering from clinical depression and everything that goes with it. Earlier this year my business collapsed leaving me in dreadful debt and with very few options. In truth, it has led to something like a breakdown. I have consulted a psychiatrist and was prescribed medication that, in theory, helps but, in practice, does not seem to.
I feel like an utter failure and a worthless blight with no hope for my future. I am trying to re-launch myself and turn things around but setbacks seem to pile one on top of another and each setback drives me deeper into anxiety and despair. It's like being at the bottom of a deep pit with no means of escape.
I joined this forum as a means of reaching out, nothing more. I know there is no cure but maybe there is a crumb of comfort to be had in sharing with people who, I hope, at least understand and maybe sympathise to some degree.
Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:40 pm
Having depression is a struggle and here there are lots of people who will understand. The replies are sometimes slow to come due to everyone dealing with their own stuff.. but I have found it to be a good community here. It might help to start your own threads to talk about whatever you are dealing with.
Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:11 pm
Hi everyone. I'm Pixie, I'll be 28 next month *gulp*, and I've been doing this mental health thing since I was 14. I've had anxiety, particularly social anxiety, all my life, and I went through a hard time at school and eventually dropped out early, at just 14. I became agoraphobic and couldn't leave the house until I was nearly 17. Now, I go out, but never alone. I've always struggled with being alone in a public place, and I've had some successes with it, but also some failures that set me back. I go out with my mother or a friend.
I've been in a bad place the past year. I started to get worse in 2016, and everything just went bellyup in 2017. Now this year, I'm trying to push myself for some change. I'm working hard on a few things, and have finally taken the plunge on my dream of having my own blog. That is helping me to stay focused and determined. I decided to join this forum because I'm isolated and I want to push myself to be out there any way I can, even if it's just online! Well, it's a start.
Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:21 am
Hi everyone I'm new to the site. I hope everyone is well feel free to send me a message x
Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:29 pm
Welcome to the forum! How are things with you? Do start a thread and introduce yourself if you feel ready. Writing things down does seem to help
Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:17 am
Hi i'm new to all of this, just thought talking would be better help. Hope everyone is doing well
Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:38 pm
My name is Gareth.
I've never joined a forum before and feel very anxious about doing so even though there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
I'm in a terribly anxious place which I've been in many times before and I'm about to start with a therapist to sort this out.
My biggest problem is fear: if I could overcome that nothing would be a problem. Most of the time I manage to deal with it but it always bites me back and it feels like its brand new all over again.
I did something weird but practical today which was initially a big help but now its started to frighten me. I walked to Asda very briefly to burn off the anxiety and sat for hours drinking coffee and eventually having lunch. Mega sad you must think but it helped and made me feel safe and my anxiety lessened and all of a sudden the calm me reappeared for moments. Who cares I thought, it was doing the trick.
Anyway, the wheels have fallen off again because I now consider my action to be rather kooky and strange so, therefore, I must be mad (my other great fear).
Sorry to have prattled on.
Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:05 am
I've come here because I'm in a dark place and I could do with some help.
I'm overcome with grief.
I lost both my parents when I was young. I have kids of my own now.
I've been through a great deal of personal upheaval recently: relocation from overseas, partner's sudden job-loss, bad medical diagnosis and all the pain from losing my family and from being so terribly alone through life has resurfaced and is washing over me constantly.
I see all the things I missed out on from having no family. It feels very unfair and I wish I had someone I could talk to. (I have seen my GP before you ask.)
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:53 am
I wish I could read and reply to everyone but I can't. I'm new here but I was on a different mental health forum for a while.
Hi Gareth! I hope you were drinking decaf because caffeine can be bad for anxiety, I think. Don't worry about going to a café on your own. I actually do that a lot.
Hi swimmingintherain. I'm really sorry that you're lonely. You're not alone, ironically, it's a big problem in society nowadays, loneliness. I can only say that you could try and join in with things like going to a book group or something, and hopefully that might lead to making new friends although it might take time. Maybe sign up for a course at a local college, in the evening. Online courses are no good socially, nor is the Open University, although some people do enjoy those things, I don't.
I've been thinking about radios. It seems when I stop taking my meds, the radio starts to get really weird. Sometimes I just get static, and sometimes the conversations on the radio get really weird.
Anyway I'm going to look for an appropriate place for me to join on here. Thanks for reading!