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Chris_B Forums etiquette: give support to receive support
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Hi everyone, particularly any new members who may be reading. From time to time, we get contacted by members who are unhappy that they haven’t received a lot of replies to their posts. Our community champions work very hard to make sure that all newb... View more

Hi everyone, particularly any new members who may be reading. From time to time, we get contacted by members who are unhappy that they haven’t received a lot of replies to their posts. Our community champions work very hard to make sure that all newbies are welcomed when they first post, and we understand that it’s a big step to post for the first time on a forum like this, especially if you aren’t feeling great. It’s important to remember, though, that these forums are a community of real people, just like you, not a one-on-one support environment like going to see your psychologist. To get the best out of being here, one of the best tips we can offer is give support to receive support. Being a good community member means: participating in different threads (not just your own), replying to people who have taken the time to reply to you (even if it’s just to say thank you), and... posting words of emotional support and encouragement when you see others who are hurting and reaching out. You don’t have to feel obliged to solve the problems of others: that’s not what we’re here for. But you can offer empathy and what you’ve learned from your own life experiences, even if it’s just a line or two, eg. “I don't know what to say, but I want to give you my support and tell you I care about what is happening to you and hope life will get better soon.” Try to develop an interest in the journeys of others here on the forums. You may be surprised at how good being an active, caring member here can make you feel. For those of you who have had good experiences giving support here on the forums, please post in this thread here and let us know how it has helped you on your journey.

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Tamara Anxiety sufferer
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I’m dealing with a lot of anxiety lately I’m in a constant state of fear and I have feelings of doom all of the time I can’t sleep and I’m barely hanging on everything just feels so over whelming and I feel like I have no one to talk to that understa... View more

I’m dealing with a lot of anxiety lately I’m in a constant state of fear and I have feelings of doom all of the time I can’t sleep and I’m barely hanging on everything just feels so over whelming and I feel like I have no one to talk to that understands

Guest_28495987 Anxiety intensified after accident
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Hi, I’m wondering if I should go back onto an SSRI to control my rampant generalised anxiety. It’s intensified about an accident last year. I’m working hard on meditation and mindfulness, exercise and diet. I’m not sure I’m winning!

Hi, I’m wondering if I should go back onto an SSRI to control my rampant generalised anxiety. It’s intensified about an accident last year. I’m working hard on meditation and mindfulness, exercise and diet. I’m not sure I’m winning!

Anxietyridden Anxiety Ridden again
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Hello Everyone. Long time no talk. I am struggling with anxiety again. I currently work 3 days a week. The pay is good but I have this feeling in me that I should be working 5 days a week as I feel bad for my husband. I know in my heart that I can't ... View more

Hello Everyone. Long time no talk. I am struggling with anxiety again. I currently work 3 days a week. The pay is good but I have this feeling in me that I should be working 5 days a week as I feel bad for my husband. I know in my heart that I can't handle 5 days a week but my mind is not helping. My middle daughter left her stable job as she wasn't happy and now cannot find another job. She has less then $100 left in her bank account and she is struggling mentally as well and I don't know how to help her. My youngest daughter who has a medical condition is not well at the moment and can't seem to get better so things are pretty tense at the moment. I had a bit of a light bulb moment the other night in regards to my mother living with us (which I am not happy with). I realised that I don't understand why I am obligated to take her in and care for her when she didn't look after me when I was younger.I just honestly feel like everyone would be better if I wasn't here with my issues but I don't know how to fix them. Sorry, I know it might not make sense I just needed to get it off my chest.

nootnoot I told a lie and now I'm very anxious.
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A consultant at work was given some chocolates from a patient and left the clinic without taking them. One of the other doctors working with the consultant said I should take them home because I don't think she will want them. A week later the the co... View more

A consultant at work was given some chocolates from a patient and left the clinic without taking them. One of the other doctors working with the consultant said I should take them home because I don't think she will want them. A week later the the consultant had been asking around who took them. The doctor who said I should take them home said she left them with the nurses and the nurses would keep them safe. A few people asked me if I knew what happened including the consultant which I lied and said I didn't know. Ever since, I have had bad anxiety thinking I am going to get in trouble. I have asked a few friends and family what I should do and if I should replace them. They have all said to not worry about it but I can't stop worrying. I might need more or better advice please.

21e Thought holidays were fun
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Hi, this is my frist time doing this, im not quite sure what to do but, yeah. Anyway, I had just finished semester 2 and was on a 3 week break, the first thing i get told when i get home is that my granddads cancer is back and they won't be a ble to ... View more

Hi, this is my frist time doing this, im not quite sure what to do but, yeah. Anyway, I had just finished semester 2 and was on a 3 week break, the first thing i get told when i get home is that my granddads cancer is back and they won't be a ble to stop it this time and he has 6 months at most left, so that was a great way to start the holidays, so my mum went up to Queensland to be with him before his operation to remove parts of the cancer out of his stomach so they can put a tube in but its a very dangerous surgery but if they don't put a tube in he can't eat( he can eat but the amount of cancer in his stomach makes him full really quickly). So anyway my mums been up in Queensland since about 2 weeks ago the surgerys been pushed back many times due to complications. So now we are just waiting. These holidays I've also been to a funeral of my best friends dad and my great Nan. I havent seen my Mum for like 2 weeks and i know she'll be home soon and shes up there for a reason, so ive sorta just been stuck in like a blackhole for a bit, And i know i just dumped alot on everyone and im sorry but i havent told any of my friends bc i don't wanna seem like im trying to draw attention to myself or anything and i can't talk to my dad bc my brothers going through alot at the moment with major anxiety and i know its hard for him to, but yeah. Im happy to chat to anyone, about anything, i was just hoping to talk to someone about what i feel and not feel like a burden on anyone, but ill talk about anything with anyone. Im a Huge AFL fan and love being creative and drawing

Guest_51556395 Constant anxiety and overwhelm
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I have this constant feeling of overwhelm and anxiety. Currently recovering from influenza A. I just want to feel normal again

I have this constant feeling of overwhelm and anxiety. Currently recovering from influenza A. I just want to feel normal again

Guest_48639112 Feeling empty
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For years, I have been feeling empty when I am by myself. I hate this feeling. I often try to have people around me by spending money on them, taking them out for dinners. While I am generous, I don’t want to use this behavior to cover my empty feeli... View more

For years, I have been feeling empty when I am by myself. I hate this feeling. I often try to have people around me by spending money on them, taking them out for dinners. While I am generous, I don’t want to use this behavior to cover my empty feeling. I want to feel cheered up without needing to be around people. I want to feel motivated to do things for myself. I want to live for myself, not just because I have to live and do my best for my young daughter. I am unable to leave the house if I don’t have someone with me. For instance, I force myself to go to the grocery store for groceries. I see psychologist every fortnight but I go back to the empty feeling as I walk out the counseling sessions. How can I stop this madness?

Jessksch I feel so overwhelmed and guilty
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I have been doing so well for a couple of years on my old medication and now suddenly I am so much worse again. I feel jittery about little things, my mind is going crazy from just thinking if I have to do some housework and my mind gets overwhelmed ... View more

I have been doing so well for a couple of years on my old medication and now suddenly I am so much worse again. I feel jittery about little things, my mind is going crazy from just thinking if I have to do some housework and my mind gets overwhelmed that I get physically sick. This morning I had to call in sick again and usually I was able to push myself to just one sick day a month! I feel physically week and run down, just no energy to do anything but lie in bed, but have to push myself today to go and get my new medication... I am so angry at myself, nobody will put up with this for long and I am trying to do the right thing but feel more and more frustrated with things around me. If I leave out something in housework or to do, it all piles up and making me more and more overwhelmed

Whatsinaname Horrible week
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Hi everyone, I'm having a horrible week, so just thought I would post to see how everyone else is going? I'm having a hard time getting out of the shame spiral this week, but trying to remember this is only temporary. Anyway, hope others are well, ha... View more

Hi everyone, I'm having a horrible week, so just thought I would post to see how everyone else is going? I'm having a hard time getting out of the shame spiral this week, but trying to remember this is only temporary. Anyway, hope others are well, happy to chat about anything.

Beaser Scared again and dont know where im headed.
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Hi and best wishes to everyone..Im starting to get very scared again and having panic like attacks. I just feel so alone at times and this might sound strange but i feel like a kid who just wants to give his mum a hug. But im 58 i lost my mum at 18 a... View more

Hi and best wishes to everyone..Im starting to get very scared again and having panic like attacks. I just feel so alone at times and this might sound strange but i feel like a kid who just wants to give his mum a hug. But im 58 i lost my mum at 18 and Dad in 2000 and have no real family support. Im currently not working and dont feel i have the energy to start again. I just do some volunteer work one day a week at a hospital. Ive never really progressed in life i just seem to have filled in time . I feel like i have had enough a times. Best wishes Brett