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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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Matilda99 Feeling out of place
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Hi,For background I suffer with really bad social anxiety and have never had friends or a social life. Recently i have been getting help and currently I’ve taken a dive in the deep end and started working at a ski resort which is about 16 hours away ... View more

Hi,For background I suffer with really bad social anxiety and have never had friends or a social life. Recently i have been getting help and currently I’ve taken a dive in the deep end and started working at a ski resort which is about 16 hours away from my home town. I am in a shared accommodation so I am wayyy out of my comfort zone. I have arrived and it’s day 2 and I absolutely hate it I feel like crying. I want to go home basically. I don’t feel like I fit in and keep thinking this isn’t me why did I do this. I can’t make friends which makes it harder and everyone else seems to have made at least one friend. Help.

GypsyAvalon FRIDAY WISDOM
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" Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love." 

" Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love." 

Bell 81 Anxiety is taking over
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I'm a bit lost at the moment. I suffer from anxiety and depression from my previous job. I thought changing jobs would help but my current job is no better. My manager is not supportive and boarder line bullies me. This has lead to my mental health s... View more

I'm a bit lost at the moment. I suffer from anxiety and depression from my previous job. I thought changing jobs would help but my current job is no better. My manager is not supportive and boarder line bullies me. This has lead to my mental health spiraling down. My parents are wanting me to quit my job and I do have some savings but I am concerned that I will never find another job again or it will look back on my resume. I'm at a lost as to what to do.

GypsyAvalon MUSIC AS A THERAPY
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Hello Everyone, I find that listening to music when I drive is very therapeutic. Just wondering if anyone else feels the same way. I'm not a huge listener of the radio but have digitalised my favourite music into different USB sticksand play them all... View more

Hello Everyone, I find that listening to music when I drive is very therapeutic. Just wondering if anyone else feels the same way. I'm not a huge listener of the radio but have digitalised my favourite music into different USB sticksand play them all the time. I have a Live Concert stick, Different bands stick and a 1970's to 2000 stick. The music has a calming effect and I couldn't imagine driving without it. It is up very loud and I sing very loud and don't mind other drivers seeing that.

teaBee It’s never fair
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At the moment I’m very unwell. I suffer from low iron and right now it’s probably the worst it’s ever been. But nobody cares. Everything is so exhausting and I feel dizzy and like passing out all the time. Sometimes I can’t stop shaking and I start b... View more

At the moment I’m very unwell. I suffer from low iron and right now it’s probably the worst it’s ever been. But nobody cares. Everything is so exhausting and I feel dizzy and like passing out all the time. Sometimes I can’t stop shaking and I start breathing heavy. I work full time and just doing that alone is so hard. But nobody cares. Everyone is still mad at me because I’m not doing good enough. I try and organise dinners I do all the grocery shopping. I do all the washing and I try and clean regularly. But it’s not good enough. Being sick is just and excuse apparently so nobody cares. I should just try harder. I’m so tired of everything but that’s not allowed. I just need to do better. I just need to fix everyone else’s problems while mine don’t matter. It’s not fair.

Sandym0 Sometimes Hearing Voices if triggered
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Mental Health and Psychiatric Ward Hi there. Recently I started to hear voices, for so many reasons. And I know how it started, but don't want to blame anyone. Apart from this I also have a addiction problem. For which I am already doing a program ca... View more

Mental Health and Psychiatric Ward Hi there. Recently I started to hear voices, for so many reasons. And I know how it started, but don't want to blame anyone. Apart from this I also have a addiction problem. For which I am already doing a program called Opioid Replacement Treatment. But because of hearing voices, I might have to go to hospital if needed. I am just worried at the moment, I am managing it with quite a okay. If I go into the hospital, and they lock me up in a seculsion ward and something. If I am having a episode, and they can't understand. Or they just do it, if I tell them. This is happening will they give me something to settle down. And not feeling the pain. As I said I have a physical pain in the body too, plus I am a upper limb amputee. What I can do in that kind of situation. I am very compliance person. I don't have a problem with following instructions. All I can bear is a pain. And as a public hospital they should have all my details. So they don't stop any of my medication. I am already taking. Because there are so many people upset with me. They just don't like me at all. And can I tell them what my triggers are so that, they can help me with that too. I actually did send a email to MHRT, for which people have already been so upset with me. Thanks

GypsyAvalon Morning Anxiety
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Hello Everybody, Just wondering if anyone has trouble managing their anxiety in the morning.As soon as I wake up and my brain kicks into gear, I find my anxiety is at it's worse. I have the fear of not being able to cope with the day.I usually spray ... View more

Hello Everybody, Just wondering if anyone has trouble managing their anxiety in the morning.As soon as I wake up and my brain kicks into gear, I find my anxiety is at it's worse. I have the fear of not being able to cope with the day.I usually spray lavender oil on my pillow case and do deep breathing to calm down but it doesn't work all the time.It starts at about 6am every morning.Do any members have some tips or suggestions to help me manage it better?Thanking you.

Kfox Rock bottom.
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Hi all - I cannot afford therapy and need somewhere to air out my feelings and circumstances. I've suffered from social anxiety quite severely since I was a teenager. It's only in the past few years that it's gotten in the way of work, friendships an... View more

Hi all - I cannot afford therapy and need somewhere to air out my feelings and circumstances. I've suffered from social anxiety quite severely since I was a teenager. It's only in the past few years that it's gotten in the way of work, friendships and relationships. I'm currently in a fresh relationship (7 months in roughly) with an absolute angel of a person. For such a young relationship, he has had to deal with my alcohol dependency (because of anxiety), my extreme mood swings and general depression. I've left 3 amazing jobs since the start of the year due to not being able to function in a normal social setting. Hell, I can't even go into a shopping centre without almost having a panic attack. Anyway, the main reason I'm here is because my partner has quite simply had enough of me, and told me that I've "broken him". He had a spout of anger this morning and punched one of his computer monitors, which was awful to see because he is not an angry person... but I managed to bring it out of him with the way I've been towards him. My anxiety has also led to paranoia, for example, I assume the absolute worst of him and accuse him of things he hasn't and would never do. Due to lack of work, he has been supporting me a lot financially too and he's beginning to struggle. He also caught me hiding alcohol from him after I said I had quit... which really hurt him because of the fact I lied. What I'm trying to say is that I don't know what to do. I do currently have a job but I've called in sick because of anxiety 3 times over the 3 weeks I've been employed there and I don't know how much longer they're going to tolerate that. I would absolutely appreciate any advice! I need to get my life in order and stop worrying about what other people think of me in social settings and learn to relax... I just don't know how. I can't keep relying on alcohol. The most frustrating thing is that by nature I'm very bubbly and confident, but I'm losing myself. Thank you in advance to anyone who responds and I hope you're having a wonderful day.

Rayvan Anxiety and Sleep
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Hi there Im currently struggling with insomnia for 8 days now with only achieving 2 hrs, if I’m lucky, each night. My biggest issue is, I feel the sleep coming on but my anxiety kicks in and blocks that sleep from occurring. I feel as though I’m in a... View more

Hi there Im currently struggling with insomnia for 8 days now with only achieving 2 hrs, if I’m lucky, each night. My biggest issue is, I feel the sleep coming on but my anxiety kicks in and blocks that sleep from occurring. I feel as though I’m in a battle every night to the point I’m not functioning at all. I don’t like taking any medication because my anxiety goes into overdrive with any possible side effects. I’ve been taking rescue remedy, putting some lavender oil on, valerian, doing meditation and exercising but I’m at the point of having a complete breakdown as I feel defeated in managing this.