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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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green_s How do you guys deal with the brain fog that comes with anxiety?
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Hi guys, I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what helps you minimise that foggy brain feeling that comes with anxiety? I feel like other people would have experienced it too? Where you feel all cloudy in the head and not really all ... View more

Hi guys, I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what helps you minimise that foggy brain feeling that comes with anxiety? I feel like other people would have experienced it too? Where you feel all cloudy in the head and not really all there? It's one symptom I get that really bothers me and I cope so much better on days that it's not around! Has stuck with me for a few days now and I'm sick of it! Any suggestions would be appreciated Thankyou!!

Lisabubbles At a loss with what to do.
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Lets see if I can keep this short. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was around 23 (now 34). I was on medication for 9ish years and have been off it for 3.5ish years. Since being with my current partner I am having anxiety attacks wh... View more

Lets see if I can keep this short. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was around 23 (now 34). I was on medication for 9ish years and have been off it for 3.5ish years. Since being with my current partner I am having anxiety attacks which are triggered by numerous things which all seem to centre around trust, fear and possible hurt. I really struggle when he has days off work and and my texting and freaking out puts a lot of strain on our relationship. Whilst I don't want to pass blame, some of my fears have been bought on by his behaviour and whilst i try to let go of it, i'm so fearful of these things happening again. Since early on in our relationship I have vomited most mornings. I never use to know why, however have now put it down to the anxious feeling and stress I feel when I wake up. I'm scared that my day is going to end in conflict and there is nothing I hate more than conflict. I know I need to go back to my Dr's and Im sure i'll end up with a psych referral but in the mean time I would love some tips on how to cope when I have no idea what he is doing on a day off. It seems so silly and paranoid...but I feel like I am conditioned to react with anxiety and I hate it. If I don't watch out I am going to let anxiety ruin my relationship. Please help.

OneEyedKnight99 Feeling disconnected from reality.
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I know this is a common symptom of anxiety(Its called depersonalization)I feel as if I'm mentally disconnected from reality but physically connected. I know depersonalization is where you feeling COMPLETELY disconnected from reality, but this is the ... View more

I know this is a common symptom of anxiety(Its called depersonalization)I feel as if I'm mentally disconnected from reality but physically connected. I know depersonalization is where you feeling COMPLETELY disconnected from reality, but this is the closest I can describe this feeling. Apart from the anxiety, I might know 2 other potential causes. 1. Thinking too much. I spend a decent amount of time "buried" in mind, thinking about memories, other people, songs, places etc. and when I "leave" my mind I get this feeling, which causes me to panic or get the impression I'm going insane and losing contact with reality. 2. Hormone imbalance. I'm in my teenage years, so I assume there likely to be chemical imbalances in my brain, which could be the reason why I get this feeling. However, during an episode of this "feeling" I also always have this urge to start thing about why we live, nature of life and existence, which causes me to panic because ,again, I feel like I'm going crazy. Anyone else have this?

Heron Owning my anxiety.....
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Heya I have been surviving my own self pity for a while now. I'm closer to forty than I am thirty, and have been on a roller coaster of self help, counselors and life lessons. It has only been in the last year that I have officially been treated for ... View more

Heya I have been surviving my own self pity for a while now. I'm closer to forty than I am thirty, and have been on a roller coaster of self help, counselors and life lessons. It has only been in the last year that I have officially been treated for anxiety. I'm an angry little camper at the moment and have a life time of explaining to do to the people closest to me. I'm ready to own this part of myself that has frustrated me for so long. Angry, angry, angry at my parents. .... That's another chapter. They are not what I need in my life right now, as their behavior is so dysfunctional it makes me crazy. They are still so determined to play happy families. ... I play along for the sake of my young child. I'm lonely and tired of pretending that "everything is awesome". Where do I start? Slightly overwhelmed!!! Comments welcome

mk8177 feel like the nerves in my brain are twitching or shaking
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I have been told I have anxiety and was wondering if anyone suffers from a symptom i get and if it is normal. I often feel as though my brain is sort of having a spasm or someone is squeezing it really tight. It is really hard to explain. It kind of ... View more

I have been told I have anxiety and was wondering if anyone suffers from a symptom i get and if it is normal. I often feel as though my brain is sort of having a spasm or someone is squeezing it really tight. It is really hard to explain. It kind of feels like the moment before you pass out but then right before my eyes feel like they are going to roll back into my head i come to again. Its so scary and i dont know how to get a handle on it. Every time i try to explain it to someone i feel really dumb because i cant describe it properly. when it happens it throws me completely off balance and makes my heart race and my body tingle. Im really having trouble getting a handle of it in public and often have to leave wherever i am or have a silent freakout and pretend its not happening. I work in retail so its very hard to have a few moments of me time when it happens and i fear people are starting to notice. I just wish i could make it stop.

Colorcraft I worry that something bad will happen all the time
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Hi, I don't know we're to start, I think I have been suffering depression and anxiety for many years. I just don't feel happy at all. I worry to much about everything. I even worry about things that have not happend or just my mind thinkingthoughts o... View more

Hi, I don't know we're to start, I think I have been suffering depression and anxiety for many years. I just don't feel happy at all. I worry to much about everything. I even worry about things that have not happend or just my mind thinkingthoughts of what could happen and then worry about it. My mind makes up stuff all the time such as thinking people are judging me and then I start worrying about that. I'm a mum of two, have a partner and career which I love. I have big trust issues with my partner which I can not get rid of. My extended family well we're do I stray lets just say I worry about that as well. I worry people don't like me, I worry that something bad will happend all the time. That's me on the inside. On the outside everyone sees me as care free easy going. The strong one. No body in the entire world knows how hard it is for me to live each day. I'm so tired I just want to feel happy, I just want to feel free of my thoughts. I have never been on medication or counseling. I don't have time. I wish I can just curl up and go away but I can't I have to live for everyone who depends on me. I hope this forum will help me get things out overtime, as I'm very secretive about how I feel inside

Bec2014 Anxiety: a surprise
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Hi All, Reading through these forums has been a very enlightening experience - the support that's out there and the incredible work Beyond Blue do to connect these support networks is to be commended. It compelled me to feel comfortable enough to sha... View more

Hi All, Reading through these forums has been a very enlightening experience - the support that's out there and the incredible work Beyond Blue do to connect these support networks is to be commended. It compelled me to feel comfortable enough to share my story. I was only very recently diagnosed with anxiety, an illness that, up until the diagnosis, I didn't fully understand. I was certainly one of those people who dismissed anxiety as something that can instantly be cured with a good diet, exercise, and a smile. I am surprised by how ignorant I was. One year ago I packed up life in Sydney with my fiancee and headed overseas. On paper, life is great: earning decent money in a job in the travel industry, travelling around Europe and the Middle East often and looking forward to planning a wedding. So why am I not happy? The panic attacks truly made themselves known about six months ago. I work with a very trying team of men who, whether intentionally or not, make me feel excluded and inadequate which, in turn, has meant that I have become recluse and unwilling to 'grow a pair' and speak up. My shyness and slight social anxiety that I was trying to overcome became more pronounced and there are days when I simply cannot get out of bed. The most bizarre thing is that I am aware that this behaviour is silly. I am aware that I am capable at my job and far more if I allowed myself to be more confident. I am aware I have a fabulous support network of friends and family, and my situation is a lot better than many others. I am aware that my friends are constantly reminding me that I am "living the dream." But I am surprised by how much anxiety changes this perception in my head. I am surprised by how long it took me to work up the courage to admit that my constant state of sadness, dissatisfaction and panic attacks were something serious and to see a doctor about it. I am surprised that I was diagnosed and given medication to regulate and lift my mood. I am surprised by how long it is taking me to go back to actually see a therapist to discuss ways to 'treat' me in more detail. I doubt I am alone in my thoughts, so I ask: what immediate 'self-help' exercises you undertake to manage your anxiety and lift your confidence on a day-to-day basis? How did you feel after your first session with a professional? Any advice you have would be helpful. Thank you, Bec

Ldog Does this sound like a panic attack to you?
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Hello everyone I've been wondering if I've been having panic attacks or not for years, and I think here would be the best place to find out. These are my symptoms: Faster heartbeat, trembling, feeling like I'm being smothered, feelings of unreality/d... View more

Hello everyone I've been wondering if I've been having panic attacks or not for years, and I think here would be the best place to find out. These are my symptoms: Faster heartbeat, trembling, feeling like I'm being smothered, feelings of unreality/de-realization/depersonalization, sometimes I get a really strong feeling like I'm going to vomit (not nausea, it might be panic), déjà vu, not being able to talk normally (if I'm talking, I might trail off) and sometimes after I get a really bad headache, or I get REALLY tired. I was diagnosed with focal epilepsy about 3-4 years ago, but I don't believe it. The doctor I saw and the neurologist I thought were hopeless. I feel like no-one's listening to me. I was at the neurologist for seriously 2 minutes, and after my EEG says I have focal epilepsy, the doctor still insists it's absence seizures (._.) I do have generalised anxiety, so it makes MUCH more sense for it to be panic attacks, and I have experienced strong panic that has led to one of these...panic seizures? I'm sick of worrying about this! I had a panic seizure while I was with my psychologist, and she agrees with me that I'm not unconcious (the neurologist says I have complex partial seizures, which I don't agree with...and neither does the psychologist, since she witnessed it) I don't know if it's just me not hearing what I want to hear, because I can't drive. I REALLY want to drive, and I think I'd be fine driving. It's happened in a car before and I knew where I was; I could see a white car drive past. Anyways, if anyone has had any first hand experience with either partial seizures or panic attacks, information would be much appreciated Thank you! Did I mention I want to be a truck driver?

Get_better Feeling helpless not sure if this is normal and if I'll get better
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Hello everyone I'm new here and I think it's time I get help,, I suffer severe anxiety and panic so the doctors tell me,, First symptoms was every now and again now I'm having it everyday! I've talked to a doctor they say to get on drugs but thinking... View more

Hello everyone I'm new here and I think it's time I get help,, I suffer severe anxiety and panic so the doctors tell me,, First symptoms was every now and again now I'm having it everyday! I've talked to a doctor they say to get on drugs but thinking about taking drugs makes me feel worse! I get very hard to breathe, tight in the throat chest and head,, nausea, chest pain, week in the legs, dizzy all the time, my vision is wierd, my head is starting to twitch sometimes, I'm very moody , I feel nervouse ,, I get pins and needles,, I feel like I'm dying or have something very wrong with me that the doctors can't find, I get head aches, my brain feels really wierd like all different sensations tingly being one and tightening being another (if that makes sense),, I feel like fainting ,, restless,, irritated,, snappy,,, tired all the time,, Sorry for the long list but there's so much feelings and emotions and I feel like its not normal. I tried diazapen once n threw them in the bin cause the thought of taking medication made me feel even more nervouse and worse ,, I honestly feel like I'm dying or ive got something seriously wrong with me. Is this normal and do medication help or make you feel worse,, please help ,, I just wana feel normal ,,

AusHam romantic relationships + being too forwards
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Over the past couple of years, I've tried to pursue members of the opposite sex for romance, however each time I try, I end up being too direct or forwards in my approach (Im a guy). Because my quite direct approach, not only have I lost potential pa... View more

Over the past couple of years, I've tried to pursue members of the opposite sex for romance, however each time I try, I end up being too direct or forwards in my approach (Im a guy). Because my quite direct approach, not only have I lost potential partners, but on ocassions I have lost friendships altogether. Recently, I found out I was born left handed and have a habit of letting my emotions cloud my rational judgement on things I am interested in (e.g. if there is something I want to really buy, I wouldn't care about the price of the object). Has anyone else experienced the same things and feelings as me? If so, is there any easy way to deal with it?