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Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. Share your own story and learn about other member’s experiences with anxiety.

anonymousmouse Cannot think positively
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Hi everyone. I recently just found out that my mum plans on downsizing in about a years time. I live with her and my two younger brothers. There are only 2 rooms in the new house  I have already been having a hard time, but this is tipping me over t... View more

Hi everyone. I recently just found out that my mum plans on downsizing in about a years time. I live with her and my two younger brothers. There are only 2 rooms in the new house 😞 I have already been having a hard time, but this is tipping me over the edge. Mum says that we can buy a caravan to put at the back of the house and that she can sleep in it so myself and my brothers have room inside. But it still feels pretty awful. I keep seeking advice/sympathy, but it only feels like a temporary band-aid. Every time something good happens, the reality will then hit me that in a years time, someone (either me or my mum) will be sleeping in a caravan. She keeps telling me not to worry and that everything will be okay, but I really can't control my anxiety over the situation.

Tigermoth Work stress
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I am working at a telecommunications company and am being pressured to sell things as well as being monitored to ensure I spend most of the calls with customers forcing them to buy things. I now how insomnia, chest pains, headaches, depression and an... View more

I am working at a telecommunications company and am being pressured to sell things as well as being monitored to ensure I spend most of the calls with customers forcing them to buy things. I now how insomnia, chest pains, headaches, depression and anxiety. I also gave increasing pain in my legs and feet from peripheral neuropathy. I have pleaded with them to allow me to go to an administrative role but they said they couldn’t do that. Another worker had to go on sick leave last week as he said he felt so pressured he felt like he had no control over his life and was on a skateboard which was going over a cliff. That is three people in our team in 12 months who have had to leave due to mental health issues. Any ideas how I can get some peace? I have already reduced my hours but the pressure is getting worse

Centaured Scared of success
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In my life I feel like I've never accomplished anything. I've never had a job, im nearly 31. I havent been to uni. I have been in hospital for probably half my adult life due to mental and physical health problems. I think I'm scared of success and s... View more

In my life I feel like I've never accomplished anything. I've never had a job, im nearly 31. I havent been to uni. I have been in hospital for probably half my adult life due to mental and physical health problems. I think I'm scared of success and sabotage every opportunity I get. Well, today I'm freaking out. I'm launching my own business. I am an artist and hosting my first ever market stall to see if I can start selling it and to put myself out there. I am so nervous and anxious, im scared I will mess this up like I have messed up my life. The worst thing is that they are forecasting thunderstorms this evening when the market is on. Even the universe doesn't want me to succeed.

Depression

Depression affects people in Australia every day. Share your own story and learn about other member’s experiences with depression.

Samsta12341 I'm stuck
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I don't know how to word this but im struggling with everyday life. I can't do anything right. Which has made my depression worse I think. Has anyone else been there and what ways did you help yourself to get out of it? I have been taking care of my ... View more

I don't know how to word this but im struggling with everyday life. I can't do anything right. Which has made my depression worse I think. Has anyone else been there and what ways did you help yourself to get out of it? I have been taking care of my mum and her issues for the past several months. My marriage is abit rocky at time and feels like there is no direction as a couple unless I do the directing. I love my job but it's hard some days to go and do it. I have very little time to myself. I'm glued to my phone when i do have time and I can't stop thinking about all the little mistakes I have made during the week. I'm struggling with it all. I'm only 33 and I just don't know what to do anymore. A part of me just want to give up. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thank you.

Creek24 Anger and inability to feel happiness
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Hi! Just wanting some advise on how to change behaviour for feelings of unhappiness when I have nothing to be unhappy about and feeling like I have an inability to feel happiness. Progressively getting worse, even though I can function perfectly well... View more

Hi! Just wanting some advise on how to change behaviour for feelings of unhappiness when I have nothing to be unhappy about and feeling like I have an inability to feel happiness. Progressively getting worse, even though I can function perfectly well in my job and career. Desperately wanting to change but can’t

PTSD and trauma

A space for discussing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), domestic abuse, sexual abuse and other trauma. Please note some content may be distressing.

Mc_fluffy Seeking help finding online or phone psychiatrist support services.
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Hello, Seeking help to find appropriate support services in South Australia. I about 30 years ago I have endured significant violent trauma. Witnessing violent death perpetrated by strangers. All my life I've lived with a physical difference in my br... View more

Hello, Seeking help to find appropriate support services in South Australia. I about 30 years ago I have endured significant violent trauma. Witnessing violent death perpetrated by strangers. All my life I've lived with a physical difference in my brain that contributes to anger, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties and poor adaptation to change. My brain is physically reactive. As I've gotten older, my abilities to manage memories has become increasingly difficult, re-sending events and night terrors. These terrors lead to or contribute to significant seizures that are causing injuries ranging from milder ones like bruises to recently fractured vertebra. Does anyone know of a psychiatriac online or phone service in South Australia or Nationally who can work with my psychiatrist to help manage issues as they arise?

Eagle Ray CPTSD Nightmares
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As a child I had nightmares from a very early age. I would often have the same nightmare over and over. I won’t go into details but they involved severe threat of inescapable annihilation and obliteration. I can still get these same dreams now that a... View more

As a child I had nightmares from a very early age. I would often have the same nightmare over and over. I won’t go into details but they involved severe threat of inescapable annihilation and obliteration. I can still get these same dreams now that are versions of these childhood dreams. They have come and gone over different periods of my life. Over the past 5 months I’ve been in a nightmare phase again. I’ve been woken by two last night which is pretty normal at present. Other times I go through phases where I haven’t had nightmares and thought to myself, I don’t really get nightmares, like I forget the fact that I have had bouts of them. I think this is a kind of dissociation where I blank out the experiences. Then I am plunged back into them again. I am wondering if others have found or learned strategies for managing nightmares with PTSD or CPTSD? I just read about an interesting therapeutic approach this morning. It’s called Image Rehearsal Therapy. What you do is write out the dream but with a different non-scary story where there is a safe, positive resolution. I am going to try this. It sounds similar to the Somatic Experiencing work I have done where you go through a re-enactment of a past trauma where you get to act out the actions of self-protection and escape you never got to do at the time of an incident. At the moment I have a lot of terror all day everyday and then it manifests even when I’m asleep. In the last 5 months I sleep between about 3-6 hours most nights. I often then sleep in the afternoon and have strange, disturbing dreams then too. I guess I’m wondering if anyone has overcome their nightmares and if so what seemed to help?

Debbiedoo I have no one to talk to
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Hi, I have written a post before but these images are come more often. I was given the usual tablets for depression and anxiety and also self medicated with alcohol, I have not had a drink for 2 weeks and now I’m have flashbacks of my father abusing ... View more

Hi, I have written a post before but these images are come more often. I was given the usual tablets for depression and anxiety and also self medicated with alcohol, I have not had a drink for 2 weeks and now I’m have flashbacks of my father abusing me . Im trying to move on from these but they just keep coming.

Suicidal thoughts and self-harm

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stell_a178 My sister told me to die
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I just recently moved back into my mums house because I couldn’t afford to continue renting while at uni. I had to move back into the room that my sister was staying in, because she said she wanted to move rooms anyway. My plan was to move all my stu... View more

I just recently moved back into my mums house because I couldn’t afford to continue renting while at uni. I had to move back into the room that my sister was staying in, because she said she wanted to move rooms anyway. My plan was to move all my stuff before uni started so I wasn’t trying to do two things at once. I had given my sister over a week to find a new bed and get it delivered or I would pick it up for her. She continued to complain about every single bed I put forward. So I ended up moving her stuff into the front room and shifted my stuff into my room. This obviously really frustrated her, because now she was without a bed. But take into consideration that I (countless times) offered up solutions and she turned every single one down. So after being at my mums for around 2 days, I was cleaning up after dinner and my sister yelled at me, “I hope you get off your meds (antidepressants) and kill yourself”. This was because I put one of her cups into the dishwasher without asking her first. I didn’t really confront her about what she said, I just let her sit in the silence after she said it. I found this horrifying, because out of all the people to say something like this to me, she would be the last person I expected. She, herself, has had issues with suicidal ideation and actually tried to commit while in high school. So this comment from her really shook me to my core. i still haven’t confronted her about what she said, because i truthfully have no idea how to react. I am really upset, and this comment has made me feel unloved and unappreciated in my own home. Has anyone experienced this? Or does anyone have advice? stella

SNWner Over Tired in my thoughts…
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My head is so sore. How do you turn bad thoughts into good ones? Is it ever going to be possible to not think about sh? I’ve only ever been able to stop myself a few times but it just plays in my mind on my darkest days.

My head is so sore. How do you turn bad thoughts into good ones? Is it ever going to be possible to not think about sh? I’ve only ever been able to stop myself a few times but it just plays in my mind on my darkest days.