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Jeriava How do I talk to my doctor?
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I’ve been struggling with my life for the past 7-8 years but I finally made an appointment with a doctor. I feel really scared though because I don’t ever go to the doctor for anything, and I havent seen this doctor for so many years that I’m really ... View more

I’ve been struggling with my life for the past 7-8 years but I finally made an appointment with a doctor. I feel really scared though because I don’t ever go to the doctor for anything, and I havent seen this doctor for so many years that I’m really scared that they’ll judge me or won’t believe anything I say. I’m really anti social so I feel like I won’t be able to say what I wanna say or I’ll say the wrong thing causing them to just dismiss me and move me along without helping. I’m just tired of feeling alone, depressed and just worthless but I’m really scared to talk to them.

Chris_B Are you looking to support someone else with depression? PLEASE READ before posting
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This forum is for people seeking support for their own mental health issues. If you're posting on behalf of someone else with a mental health issue that you're concerned about, please have a look at this section of our forums: Supporting family and f... View more

This forum is for people seeking support for their own mental health issues. If you're posting on behalf of someone else with a mental health issue that you're concerned about, please have a look at this section of our forums: Supporting family and friends with a mental health condition It's full of threads from people who have family members and friends going through anxiety, depression or other related conditions. Have a read through the threads there, and feel free to take part in the discussions. Below are also some helpful beyondblue resources you might want to look through first as well: Supporting someone Have the conversation

AGrace SELF HELP TIPS FOR MANAGING DEPRESSION
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Hi Everyone, Here are some ideas you might like to try for managing symptoms of depression. Of course everyone's different, so let us know what works for you, and please feel free to add to the list... Mindfulness – through breathing or engaging the ... View more

Hi Everyone, Here are some ideas you might like to try for managing symptoms of depression. Of course everyone's different, so let us know what works for you, and please feel free to add to the list... Mindfulness – through breathing or engaging the 5 senses Distress Tolerance – Accepting Emotions and Self Soothing Distraction – Put the thoughts/feelings aside and come back to them when you are ready to deal with them Positive Affirmations – Have some affirmations written down repeat them to yourself daily Sleep/Exercise/Diet – All 3 aspects of our lifestyle can impact the way we think/feel Increasing Pleasurable Activities – Engage in at least one pleasurable activity per day

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dubrovnik Hopeless and lost
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Helloi am a middle aged woman who is feeling lost, hopeless and depressed.Firstly I want to thank everyone who read my earlier posts some time ago.my sister has been putting me down and making me feel low, I am usually a positive person and I put on ... View more

Helloi am a middle aged woman who is feeling lost, hopeless and depressed.Firstly I want to thank everyone who read my earlier posts some time ago.my sister has been putting me down and making me feel low, I am usually a positive person and I put on a front even when I am feeling down but at the moment I am struggling, haven’t felt this low in a very long time.This started when I decided to employ a nurse to help look after my mother who has dementia the nurse has been helping care for my mother the last several months and it’s going well, my sister has called me selfish because I wanted help with looking after my mother, I told her that we all have a responsibility to help with looking after our mother. She has been saying hurtful things to me like you are boring & no wonder you aren’t in a relationship. ( I have had bad experiences in relationships, which is why I prefer to be single, I have lost trust and I have put up a lot of walls)i told her off, she has turned other family members and mutual friends against meI enjoy my work and do well but right now I don’t know what to do, I am feeling hopeless and lost.

eloop Depression or sadness
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Sometime we think we are depressed we might just be sad say we have a chronic illness that limits us going out and participate in life fully I know there is clinical depression but we might just be sad sometimes and sharing our sadness with someone o... View more

Sometime we think we are depressed we might just be sad say we have a chronic illness that limits us going out and participate in life fully I know there is clinical depression but we might just be sad sometimes and sharing our sadness with someone or on the forum might help we are not alone in our sadness

Mushiness3886 ADHD & Depression / Anxiety
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Hi all, I was diagnosed with ADHD almost 12 months ago at the age of 44. It was quite overwhelming to learn of this at such an age. Knowing that I could have improved my mindset earlier on in life and not failed so much as a child/teen if this condit... View more

Hi all, I was diagnosed with ADHD almost 12 months ago at the age of 44. It was quite overwhelming to learn of this at such an age. Knowing that I could have improved my mindset earlier on in life and not failed so much as a child/teen if this condition was picked up at an early age. I have been prescribed medication for it and have been taking anti-depressant medication for many years. for mild depression and anxiety. Is anyone in the same position as I am and if so, how are you coping? Best regards

indigo22 Fragmented
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Hi everyone,Today I need to get some feedback from the community. This is a pretty heavy conversation so I hope it doesn't trigger anyone. Most days I am stable with my depression but I feel I am just going through the motions a lot of the time. I st... View more

Hi everyone,Today I need to get some feedback from the community. This is a pretty heavy conversation so I hope it doesn't trigger anyone. Most days I am stable with my depression but I feel I am just going through the motions a lot of the time. I still can't seem to manage the day to day stuff and I don't seem to care. I have been isolating for many years so when covid hit, it didn't change anything for me personally. I am more comfortable with animals than humans, that is not because I am anti social, I just think I have been hurt too often by humans.I feel like with every loss, every betrayal, every negative experience, I lost a piece of myself and now there are so many pieces missing that I sometimes wonder if the little that is left is worth the effort. Can anyone relate to this feeling?I have always been a sensitive creative person and sang for most of my life along with crafts, making jewellery, in fact I have tried my hand at a great many creative things. But I lost interest in all the things that used to light me up when I went into a state of chronic depression about 12 years ago and haven't been able to get the spark back. I miss that person but I don't know how to find her. All feedback will be greatly appreciated.indigo22

Angel65 Trying to work when you have mental health issues.
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I come from a domestic violence background and have suffered from depression, anxiety, Complex PTSD and recently burnout. I have no energy or motivation and I have to keep working and have this constant pressure to keep pushing. If I don’t work I wil... View more

I come from a domestic violence background and have suffered from depression, anxiety, Complex PTSD and recently burnout. I have no energy or motivation and I have to keep working and have this constant pressure to keep pushing. If I don’t work I will end up homeless and have no car which will only make my life even more stressful. I don’t see the point in being here anymore have no friends not because I can’t make them but I have trust issues so I isolate. Everything takes massive effort and I feel no joy just numb and want to roll up into the fetal position. I think it’s accumulation of years of trying to manage my mental health and I’ve lost the ability to cope. I’m so tired I’ve tried medication and it makes no difference for me and just makes it worse as the side effects were so bad. I have lost hope of ever feeling human again.

idontknowdontask Feeling stuck
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To be honest I don’t know why I’m writing here. I’ve been depressed for awhile now and it was a break up that caused it. I actually missed my flight this morning because I was stupid and wasn’t organised enough but that’s my fault. I spontaneously bo... View more

To be honest I don’t know why I’m writing here. I’ve been depressed for awhile now and it was a break up that caused it. I actually missed my flight this morning because I was stupid and wasn’t organised enough but that’s my fault. I spontaneously booked flights overseas and didn’t care enough to be prepared like I normally would be. I am angry at myself but it doesn’t feel as it normally would be if I felt like myself. I haven’t felt like myself for a long time. My friends don’t care enough to help me. I’ve reached out so many times and even told them how I felt and what I want from them but nothing. I see a psychologist but I don’t even know if that’s helping me. I see her quite regularly and I don’t know if I do it because it feels like she’s the only person I can openly talk to without her pulling away or if because I need some kind of constant in my life to stick to. That’s what I feel like my friends have done. They all pulled away from me the more I tried to reach out to them. It’s so lonely. I feel like my mental state hasn’t changed at all even though I’m doing things to try and help. I exercise most nights of the week. I’ll admit I don’t eat or sleep as much as I need to but I feel like that’s the least of my worries. I’ve done the whole try a new hobby like reading or journaling, going on nature walks. I feel like there’s nothing that would help me and I don’t know how to help others to help me.

GoldenSerpent I Don't Feel Alive Anymore.
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I'm not living and life seems to hard. I haven't worked for 6 years, after having a back injury, I was a nurse of 20 years. I suffer from daily depression and anxiety. I don't have any friends and spend every day mostly by myself. No one invites me o... View more

I'm not living and life seems to hard. I haven't worked for 6 years, after having a back injury, I was a nurse of 20 years. I suffer from daily depression and anxiety. I don't have any friends and spend every day mostly by myself. No one invites me out or gives me support. No one comes around to see how i'm going. It's been so long I don't even know how to make lasting friendships and keep them. I am in a 19 year relationship with my partner who has an ongoing illness. We sleep in separate rooms. It's been a sexless relationship for about 5 years now. I don't even get any effection or closeness at all. I get incredibly sexually frustrated and lonely at night, to the point where it is unbearable. I have become heavily addicted to porn and masturbation every day/night. To the point where it has become a disorder/disability. Every day I have used it for 5 years without a day off. I tried to stop for one day and the cravings/images in my head got so bad. That I thought I could loose control of myself if I went out in public, it really scared me. At the end of last year I lost all my life savings to an online scam. I had to apply for centerlink, but the money I get would not even pay for the cheapest rent accommodation price. All my money goes to bills, I can't afford a social life, I was seeing a psychologist and he thought I should see a psychiatrists. But now I can't afford ether. I'm trying to get disability support pension. But centerlink said I could be waiting upto 6-12 months. I feel lonely, isolated, depressed, sad, stuck, rejected, I crave affection so badly. I hate the way my life is and think of suicide at least twice a week. I tried to explain my feelings and thoughts to my partner but she does not understand my needs, nor can she help me. I even gave her some opinions but she will not exept any of them. I don't want to sell or loose our house I worked hard for and I can't afford to live anywhere else. It really seems to me that i'm all out of opinions. I am so miserable, I feel dead and all I see is darkness. I am in my early 50's. I need some serious help. I'm on a lot of medications, some that make me drowsy. I have trouble sleeping at night. I'm just existing from day to day, while my life goes by. I don't see things changing. To many issues to work through, it's so overwhelming.

apieceofmeismissing The Wrong Move
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Hi all,I am new here and have never done this before but here goes. I have suffered from depression since my teen years where I did self harm a few times. I have been a loner all my life and as I got older found it harder to make new friends. My rela... View more

Hi all,I am new here and have never done this before but here goes. I have suffered from depression since my teen years where I did self harm a few times. I have been a loner all my life and as I got older found it harder to make new friends. My relationships were more for companionship as was my failed marriage. I have 3 children (1 which is estranged).I can’t count how many times I have moved since my separation and divorce. I moved to Melbourne 5 years ago to rent with my daughter while she saved for her own home and then after losing my job I decided to retire to Queensland. (I am 66 now). While I was working I saved a little for my future and made the move and this is when everything went to hell. My whole life just fell apart. This was The Wrong Move. Over the past few months I have fallen into a deep depression and its the worst I ever been, I feel lost, alone, worthless, hate myself, I have always made the wrong choices my whole life, I have no money, no life, can’t bring myself to go out besides shopping, I have difficulty making friends as I get anxious and suffer panic attacks. Lost all motivation to do the things I enjoy. I lay on the lounge and just watch tv and fall in and out of sleep. The only resolution to my depression is to move back to Melbourne where I can get to see my beautiful daughter again. Melbourne has more to offer me than where I am currently and I know I will be happiest there. Only problem is now I have no money to make the move and when I do I will have no home to go to. I have thought of share housing but the majority of people are young ones and most likely wouldn’t want an old person as myself living with them. I am looking at emergency housing but not sure how to do this. What do I do? How can I move and have somewhere to go, my daughter can’t take me in as she has no room and I will not place myself in the position of interrupting her life just for my own happiness. She supports my decision but at the same time worries about it. I have just seen my GP in regards to my depression as it’s taking over my life and he has put me on meds and I have to see him again tomorrow to discuss further. He gave me the K10 test to do and I have scored high. So to find my happiness once again I need to save enough money to go back, which will be agonisingly slow as I only receive centrelink payments. Any thoughts or help appreciated? This is not the full story….

troubles Advice needed
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My son is a 28 year old male who I desperately need to get help for . 7 years ago he lost his best friend to suicide and since then he has left the house half a dozen times and only to go to his grandmothers . He is angry , depressed, sad , resentful... View more

My son is a 28 year old male who I desperately need to get help for . 7 years ago he lost his best friend to suicide and since then he has left the house half a dozen times and only to go to his grandmothers . He is angry , depressed, sad , resentful he is unhealthy and has extremely low self esteem.He sits at home day in day out on the couch obviously he doesn’t work He hasn’t seen his friends for years and years and they gave up on him . He can get aggressive with me and he has put on so much weight due to sitting all day which wouldn’t help his self esteem . He won’t speak to anyone he isolates himself from the world. He hates me and doesn’t want anything to do with me . He doesn’t think he has a problem and just gets angry if getting help is brought up . I don’t know what to do I am so worried for him , he’s such a lovely boy with his whole life ahead of him what can I do ?

asleep-aardvark I feel absent and apathetic
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Hello I’m really not sure what to do, I feel like most of the time I’m not really alive. I’m going through motions, and detached from everyone and everything. I struggle to find motivation to do anything. Then the small rest of time, I feel like I’m ... View more

Hello I’m really not sure what to do, I feel like most of the time I’m not really alive. I’m going through motions, and detached from everyone and everything. I struggle to find motivation to do anything. Then the small rest of time, I feel like I’m overly invested. My emotions feel overwhelming - usually anxiety or sadness. Something seemingly small can set me off and I’m catastrophising and spiralling. I’ve tried therapy, but it didn’t help because as soon as I leave there’s a window of a few days where I remember about what we discussed. But then it’s like it never happened, it doesn’t occur to me that I can do an exercise or that I should try to do something different. So in the end it was just a huge waste of time. The same with relationships, it’s like I just don’t remember that people exist and I can talk to them. Or with anything really- I get a rush of energy and start something, but it never goes anywhere. I really don’t know what to do, because I’m clearly unhappy but I can’t seem to get any motivation or even remember to change anything. It feels so silly when I write it. A