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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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Londonboy Living positively with anxiety and depression
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I am suffering with anxiety and depression that has really got me down at times - even suicidal! I would love to hear some Good News stories from others about thow they have managed their condition to live a positive life !! THANK YOU !!

I am suffering with anxiety and depression that has really got me down at times - even suicidal! I would love to hear some Good News stories from others about thow they have managed their condition to live a positive life !! THANK YOU !!

Lostforwords21 Morning anxiety
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Hi all, I have seen a lot of posts in here about morning anxiety and how people manage it. Wondering how you manage it with children around?

Hi all, I have seen a lot of posts in here about morning anxiety and how people manage it. Wondering how you manage it with children around?

Sapphire06 Bad days
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Hi, I have been on medication for a few months and today I am having a low / bad day. I am at work but on my own as it is a weekend. My other not so great days since my diagnosis have usually been weekdays and I've been able to snap myself out of it.... View more

Hi, I have been on medication for a few months and today I am having a low / bad day. I am at work but on my own as it is a weekend. My other not so great days since my diagnosis have usually been weekdays and I've been able to snap myself out of it. What are some coping mechanisms that can help when alone?

Orangeicy Ditching fake friends
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I had a group of friends that were starting to freeze me out. I gathered my courage and finally asked them individually if I had made a faux pas to upset anyone. The reply I got from them individually was "no" but still my messages were being ignored... View more

I had a group of friends that were starting to freeze me out. I gathered my courage and finally asked them individually if I had made a faux pas to upset anyone. The reply I got from them individually was "no" but still my messages were being ignored and being in person around them still ignored me. My anxiety went ballistic. I struggle badly with low self esteem and during all of this I couldn't sleep, couldn't focus, snapping at my family and kids..felt like I was losing my mind. So I decided to pull back. Decided that they can come to me if they want me and if not that's fine too.Seems good on paper, right? Not wasting energy on something if it's not meant to be.But of course I am still upset. And being a small town I will run into them. And then what. Smile and nod? I can't make the break too bad with everyone's kids at the same school but I just feel so odd. So weird. And that voice in the back of my head that won't shut up.I really thought that when people grow up they "grow up"! That they stopped the games played at highschool then I didn't like then or now. I just feel like I can't find Real people. True people. The people who accept you for who you are without any motives. Rant over.

Maggie S How long for new medication to be effective?
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I would like to hear any experience you may have with side effects when commencing medication, and how long it takes to feel better. I have been prescribed a new medication (switching from one type to another) and have been on this for 6 days for dep... View more

I would like to hear any experience you may have with side effects when commencing medication, and how long it takes to feel better. I have been prescribed a new medication (switching from one type to another) and have been on this for 6 days for depression and anxiety. It feels like I have taken a step back in my recovery. It’s hard to distinguish between existing symptoms or side effects from new medication. Do you just push through knowing the benefits will come in time? (I am of course, being advised by my GP and Psychiatrist, but was interested in your feedback too).

SamHose Somniphobia + insomnia
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I'm currently really struggling and am wondering else anyone else has hypno / clino / somniphobia and have any tips on how they deal with it because I've had about 3 break downs over the past 3 days because the unconsciousness + dreaming and the not ... View more

I'm currently really struggling and am wondering else anyone else has hypno / clino / somniphobia and have any tips on how they deal with it because I've had about 3 break downs over the past 3 days because the unconsciousness + dreaming and the not knowing you're asleep kinda scares the sh*t outta me, its been on and off like there was a long period of like 4 months where I was fine and sometimes it comes back like this and I really struggle with it, its especially worse because I started a new Anti anxiety + depression medication and the side effects have been pretty bad so that is provoking me to be more on edge that usual as-well. sorry for the rant just wanted to know if anyone had any tips or advice on how to change the way I see or feel about sleep. It's all really bad and yeah it's making me lose sleep and also making me not be able to fall asleep unless I'm just completely exhausted that I just clock out unwillingly. I'm an 18 year old guy and at a pretty important stage of trying new medication and therapies and discovering what I want to do in life so all this is really knocking me back and making things worse considering I'm at one of the most important times of life. Thank you to anyone reading this or giving me advice I honestly appreciate it so much. Just hope it gets better. Love you all.

fitzfitz Impending Doom
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I am convinced that since having the covid vaccine, a side effect is increased anxiety, to the point its now affecting my daily life. The heightened level is just getting worse, and the feeling of impending doom is constant. Nothing has changed in my... View more

I am convinced that since having the covid vaccine, a side effect is increased anxiety, to the point its now affecting my daily life. The heightened level is just getting worse, and the feeling of impending doom is constant. Nothing has changed in my life, to cause this, and I don't know how to stop it.It's triggering panic attacks, which I have multiple times a day. Help

Viaxoxo School and exams
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Hi!I'm in high school. I often feel overloaded with some of my assignments all being at the same time and I am a master procrastinator so I get stressed and leave my assignments to the last minute and then get more stressed. Do you have any strategie... View more

Hi!I'm in high school. I often feel overloaded with some of my assignments all being at the same time and I am a master procrastinator so I get stressed and leave my assignments to the last minute and then get more stressed. Do you have any strategies for studying and how to work consistently? I've tried a few things but they don't really work...Thanks

blondietraveler Worrying about asbestos
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Hi, I’m working in construction, I love my job and everything but I have one problem, my biggest fear is asbestos and the other day I went to a site I was wearing all PPE but think I breath little bit of asbestos the site was clear of a asbestos exce... View more

Hi, I’m working in construction, I love my job and everything but I have one problem, my biggest fear is asbestos and the other day I went to a site I was wearing all PPE but think I breath little bit of asbestos the site was clear of a asbestos except the items that I had to touch it has asbestos I’m really worried about that disease I have breathing issues and feel so scared about cancer, I can not stop think about it :,(

VioletSunflower I feel like I'm smart enough for the degree I'm doing
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I'm almost at the end of the first year of my Bachelors. I feel like I'm nowhere near smart enough to do this degree, in all of the core classes I'm completing I'm getting lower marks than in the elective classes I'm enrolled in. if I can't achieve t... View more

I'm almost at the end of the first year of my Bachelors. I feel like I'm nowhere near smart enough to do this degree, in all of the core classes I'm completing I'm getting lower marks than in the elective classes I'm enrolled in. if I can't achieve the best results in the classes that are in my field then should i even be doing it? Everyone seems to be grasping the content so much easier and quicker than I am, which is making me doubt myself even more.