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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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Guest_3712 "stop this ride I want to get off"
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Hi guys, I think this is the first time I have posted on this forum as I usually post on the depression forum. I wish I could say it's because my depression is better, ( wrong) but at the moment , actually for a while now I find I am incredibly anxio... View more

Hi guys, I think this is the first time I have posted on this forum as I usually post on the depression forum. I wish I could say it's because my depression is better, ( wrong) but at the moment , actually for a while now I find I am incredibly anxious and somewhat out of control. My behaviours have become obsessive. As I alluded to in one of my earlier posts I had started drinking to excess, while still taking anti anxiety meds. My psych had me keep a diary of how much I was drinking, and if I could pin point triggers. Well I've stopped that because I wasn't improving, and worse still I am now obsessive with other things. The first one being posting on BB! After a fairly long silence , where I read the posts but didn't reply, I feel the need to reach out as much as I can to you my friends. I am losing a grip on my own behaviours so I need to feel valued and useful. Please don't doubt my sincerity , but I know it sounds selfish - wow I am truly losing it. I feel overwhelmed by all the new people on the sites and distressed that I can't reply to every one, but as I already feel quiet manic I wouldn't be really helping. Guys I need some input here. Can someone tell me what I need to do. I feel angry, and confrontational blaming everyone and everything ( see post on suicidal forum) I am also engaging in some mild but disturbing self harm- habitual and non life threatening but obviously anxiety derived. You have no idea how quick I am typing this. I have jammed so much already into my day, walk dog, shopping, pay bills, housework and I go to work in an hour- Crazy I know. I want to yell, "Stop this ride I want to get off" Ok must get ready - I am exhausted and really hope I don't get any difficult customers- for their sake! Thanks Stressless

bb1988 I Need Some Advice.
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Hello all, I just wanted to start a thread to talk about my own personal dealings with anxiety and ask some questions. Firstly, I have been looking at this forum and so many people seem to have figured out exactly what kind of anxiety they have but f... View more

Hello all, I just wanted to start a thread to talk about my own personal dealings with anxiety and ask some questions. Firstly, I have been looking at this forum and so many people seem to have figured out exactly what kind of anxiety they have but for me, it seems to be all over the place. I cannot pinpoint a time, place or activity that provokes anxious thoughts for me. My anxiety seems to appear out of the blue but it is becoming more and more prevalent in my life. Also, for me, it does not have many physical attributes like tight chest, sweating etc...it feels like it's literally all in my head. Thoughts racing around, inability to focus on the logical/positive side of things. I guess my biggest concern is that my anxiety seems to come from nowhere and be about nothing, if that makes sense. Either that or it's about different things every time - one time it could be money, another time I am panicking because my friend hasn't texted me back (sounds so silly, I know!). I have tried meditating, exercising - and they do help short term but my mind seems to take over soon afterwards and I am back to square one. I am 25yrs old, male and gay. I do feel that I have some issues with my sexuality that have not been dealt with but I don't believe that is the real issue here. As much as I was bullied (like most gay teenagers)...and this MAY have had a longlasting effect, I truly don't know if that's it. My family is accepting of me and we (for the most part) have a good relationship. I do get extreme anxiety with anything to do with medical issues - particularly when it comes to sexual health. I have read that fear of diagnosis of medical issues can be a trigger for anxiety and I definitely suffer from this. I guess as a gay man, there are always higher risks of sexually transmitted diseases etc and this causes me a lot of stress (even though I always practice safe sex....!!) But i guess that's the definition of anxiety, because I know everything should be fine but I will convince myself it isn't. Besides that, I study which actually doesn't seem to cause too much stress, and work a part time job which causes me no stress or anxiety at all. So basically I am just looking for some advice...I don't even know what about...and that is the problem. I cannot put into words how I feel but I know it's anxiety because I tick every symptoms box (except most of the physical). Any other stories similar to mine or advice would be helpful and I would like to continue the discussion. THANK YOU.

BFG What is going on with me ?
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Everything just seems to be hitting me all at once this year, over the last 3 months i have had some major issues in my life, my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer in January, apon returning home they day she come home from hospital i came home to... View more

Everything just seems to be hitting me all at once this year, over the last 3 months i have had some major issues in my life, my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer in January, apon returning home they day she come home from hospital i came home to find the roof in my room had collapsed which destroyed some of my personal effects that i needed for my first day of uni which was in a week, they roof has since been fixed and uni is going ok, but the worst occurred when on saturday afternoon good friend of mine suddenly passed away.It just seems like my life has just turned into this snow ball that is slowly rolling down a hill getting bigger and bigger, i started displaying some symptoms of anxiety about a week ago, i noticed there were points in the day where my breathing would become uncontrollable and my heart would start racing, the chest pains would kick in for a few minutes but then i was ok. I tried to convince myself that it was something i was doing, maybe it was the coffee in the morning i was having, the amount of sugar or soft drinks in my diet, i began to cut them out over the course of the night, but the worse was yet to come. After visting the family of friend who had passed away for the second night in a row, after being there for an hour or 2 i began to get those feelings again, breathing heavily, chest tightening, heart racing so i went outside to get some air. Then my mum came out to check on me and she said "Whats wrong, you haven't been yourself lately" and then i just let it all out, i broke down in tears, i kept saying why does this all have to happen at once, and why does this always happen to us. My mum thought i might be suffering from anxiety and so did my dad who had previously had a bout of depression many years ago.I made the first step today, i got in contact with beyond blue over the phone, it was a fantastic feeling to get the ball rolling, but i know its going to take a while. My question to the people on the forum is, What are some things that helped or are helping you while suffering with anxiety especially when it comes to the area of sleeping at night, and dealing with panic attacks ?Thanks Guys xoxo

Nervous_Girl Anyone anxious about their anxiety?
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This probably sounds like a weird question, but do many people worry mostly about the fact that we have anxiety? I am totally consumed with it. I have suffered with GAD for over 10 years now and there is not a day that goes by where i don't constantl... View more

This probably sounds like a weird question, but do many people worry mostly about the fact that we have anxiety? I am totally consumed with it. I have suffered with GAD for over 10 years now and there is not a day that goes by where i don't constantly worry about how i feel, why do i feel like this? Am i getting worse? Is it normal to be worried about certain things or is it my GAD. I am constantly questioning myself and exhausting myself worrying about whether i am feeling normal on any particular day. If anyone has found a way to get past it i would love to hear some ideas.

Sam_ First mental health check...
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Ok so I just made an appointment to see a doctor for a mental health check on Monday and I couldn't choose my usual doctor because I'd have to wait at least a week to see her. I've never seen another doctor before and who I normally see knows my fami... View more

Ok so I just made an appointment to see a doctor for a mental health check on Monday and I couldn't choose my usual doctor because I'd have to wait at least a week to see her. I've never seen another doctor before and who I normally see knows my family and history, was it a bad choice to see someone else? What questions should I expect? because I don't like to go into something that I have no idea of and I have started to write down some issues that I have on a piece of paper. Will I have to do the test where I check the boxes? I don't think they're very accurate since I answer them according to how I am feeling at the time. Since he doesn't know me will I have to explain everything to him? i.e. family history. Any other advice would be really helpful.

damsel54 panic attacks while driving
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Hi, I am new to this site and also new to panic attacks.. they only occur when I am driving,, so I have not driven for 5 weeks now.. this is very worrying as I am totally house bound... I also find it very difficult to be a passenger in a car! Does a... View more

Hi, I am new to this site and also new to panic attacks.. they only occur when I am driving,, so I have not driven for 5 weeks now.. this is very worrying as I am totally house bound... I also find it very difficult to be a passenger in a car! Does anyone else have this problem? any advice would be appreciated... thank you

Shan41 I'm not sure what's happening with me
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For the past few years I've started feeling different, especially in the past year. Now, I feel like I am unable to connect with the people I thought I was friends with - of late, I've just been sitting there in silence. I'm struggling to talk with m... View more

For the past few years I've started feeling different, especially in the past year. Now, I feel like I am unable to connect with the people I thought I was friends with - of late, I've just been sitting there in silence. I'm struggling to talk with my teachers and other adults - I normally just stare at the ground now and hardly make eye contact. I'm always becoming stressed to the point where I break down in tears. I am always feeling nervous, and I hate when things are late. In the past year, I've felt less connected with my family. My mum has MS, and her health is on a rapid decline. I've gotten in more and more arguments with my family, and I have started to spend the most of my time in my room. I haven't been able to tell them how I feel, and it's like it keeps building up inside of me. Quite often, my mum talks about others with problems like there is something severely wrong with them - this is another reason why I feel unable to share my feelings with her. A lot or the time I feek unwelcome within my own house. I have only really been able to share my feelings with my boyfriend, and for awhile now, he been making me feel more confident about talking to someone else about it all. Would someone be able to give me reasons to why I have been feeling like this? Or suggest someone for me to talk to? I'm not really sure what's happening to me

guest75 my biggest problem is catastrophising
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Had an appointment with my psych yesterday, first time ive seen her in 6 weeks.. Apparently I have General Anxiety Disorder...my depression was brought on by the events that had happened but the GAD is the underlying issue...and my biggest problem is... View more

Had an appointment with my psych yesterday, first time ive seen her in 6 weeks.. Apparently I have General Anxiety Disorder...my depression was brought on by the events that had happened but the GAD is the underlying issue...and my biggest problem is i try to predict the future and have a negative way of thinking and i "Catastrophize" things (ie worst possilble outcome is always what my mind is thinking) She has a point, i have mediation tomorrow with "her" and my anxiety is peaking badly coz i keep thinking of things that might go wrong rather than what might go right...plus i really dont want to see her, havent spoken to her since the start of december and have seen her in passing twice at the 2 court dates...

Perkin How do I deal with my social anxiety
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Hi all, I've gotten to a point where I'm no longer terrified of meeting new people and want to do stuff like join book clubs And interact but the problem is that the stress of this new social situation makes me shut down so I find it hard to talk. Th... View more

Hi all, I've gotten to a point where I'm no longer terrified of meeting new people and want to do stuff like join book clubs And interact but the problem is that the stress of this new social situation makes me shut down so I find it hard to talk. The one group that I am a part of I've been going to b for 4 years and have definately come out of my shell more but part way through a conversation my brain decides I've had enough socialising and I find it hard to keep interacting. Anyone else have this problem?

Lillybell How do I deal with rapid thoughts?
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Just wondering if others on here deal with a brain that doesn't stop. No I'm not a genius! I'm talking about thoughts that don't cease. I haven't experienced anything like what has been occurring lately. My internal, stream of consciousness talk is n... View more

Just wondering if others on here deal with a brain that doesn't stop. No I'm not a genius! I'm talking about thoughts that don't cease. I haven't experienced anything like what has been occurring lately. My internal, stream of consciousness talk is non stop. It goes with me everywhere. Just a rapid procession of thoughts about everything. I'm just wanting there to be an ad break! So I can go and get a cuppa! I joke, but experiencing it isn't that funny, especially when you realise that the checkout operator has asked you the same question over and over and has that exasperated look, that says, 'Earth to Mars'! I've been studying, I've been having some heavy online conversations and I'm trying to do all the practical things that need doing. But I think I've gone into system overload. How do I stop the machine gun rapid thoughts that are crowding my head? Anyone experienced something similar?