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Unsure of my life My partner is gaslighting me
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My partner and I arrived in Bali for a holiday about a week ago. We have had a few fights recently and this just tipped us over the edge. He had a great time in the ferry over, had quite a few drinks then when we arrived at the hotel he passed out on... View more

My partner and I arrived in Bali for a holiday about a week ago. We have had a few fights recently and this just tipped us over the edge. He had a great time in the ferry over, had quite a few drinks then when we arrived at the hotel he passed out on the bathroom floor. I went out and had fun with my friends but kept checking on him. I encouraged him to move onto the bed. He did eventually and started snooping through my phone. The next time I came in I got told to get out and that I’m a liar and a hoar. He then came out to the pool and told me to take off my engagement ring and stormed out. I continued to try and have fun as I had no idea what was up with him. I went into my room later and he had trashed it. The contents of my bag were all over the room, books torn up, horrible comments left as a screensaver on my iPad. My friends tried to talk to him and he said I had been deleting messages on my phone.So I have a very very good friend of that I’ve know for around 15 years(we dated around 15years ago also and stayed friends). He has been there for me though some dark times in my life. I love him to pieces as a friend. Well anyway for some reason there is a message at the top of my phone from his old work phone which comes with a timestamp of today( the day it is opened) and he thinks I have been deleting messages. There are another 2 messages from other people that also does it for some reason. I tried to explain this to him and he didn’t want a bar of it. He said it’s obvious anyway. My friend lives in another state and if I wanted to be with him I would. I wouldn’t have spent all my savings on a house deposit and accepted his marriage proposal if I didn’t want to be with him. He has kicked me out of home and thrown out relationship away over something that never happened. I’m heartbroken

Kittycat12 Medication changes
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Hi guys, I am new here and was wondering how any of you cope with medication changes and if you have any tips. I am not asking for medical advice but wondering what coping strategies do you guys use. Thanks guys

Hi guys, I am new here and was wondering how any of you cope with medication changes and if you have any tips. I am not asking for medical advice but wondering what coping strategies do you guys use. Thanks guys

ChrissyStar Narcissism support group online
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Hi, I'm looking for an online support group for narcissism related issues. Where/what would I put in the search bar to find this? If one doesn't exist - what about for other topics? If I can check out how it all works maybe I could start one. Because... View more

Hi, I'm looking for an online support group for narcissism related issues. Where/what would I put in the search bar to find this? If one doesn't exist - what about for other topics? If I can check out how it all works maybe I could start one. Because obviously there's a gap which needs to be filled if it's not out there already!? I had in mind something like AA...or NA...are there similar groups online for those who live remote? If not & I wish to start one...how would I go about it. Just like a social group which meets, but online...via what platform? I have tracked narcissism as the cause of my issues & of environmental issues currently destroying our planet (capitalism = narcissism). It's a really important issue both personally & culturally. Thank you for reading & replying.

Valerie_ hospitalisation
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hi, i have some questions about hospitalisation and related things as an adolescent. this is all based in tasmania.for example, if i were to go into a hospital, tell them that i have suicidal thoughts (no plan to act on them) in general and are worse... View more

hi, i have some questions about hospitalisation and related things as an adolescent. this is all based in tasmania.for example, if i were to go into a hospital, tell them that i have suicidal thoughts (no plan to act on them) in general and are worsened due to a new medication, would they do anything? would i be put in the hospital, inpatient, something else? or if i told them i'm struggling with an eating disorder, what are they going to do to help me?if anyone could tell me, that would be wonderful.

Athing Support group for doctor spouses?
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Hi everyone I am looking for something fairly specific - a support group for spouses of medical doctors who are still in training to be specialists. I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place. I know anecdotally there are people like me, but I ha... View more

Hi everyone I am looking for something fairly specific - a support group for spouses of medical doctors who are still in training to be specialists. I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place. I know anecdotally there are people like me, but I haven't been able to find anything outside of the US with a Google/Facebook search. Long story short, the career pathway of a doctor doesn't just end with graduation - they need to choose a specialty (GP is also a specialty). Regardless of the specialty chosen, you need to pass exams to get onto a training pathway for a specialty, and once on the training pathway there are further exams and assessments. These are not run of the mill exams - they are gruelling and it is borderline sadistic that the medical profession expects doctors to work overtime days AND study for these exams. There is no guarantee that by passing exams you'll get on the training pathway you want -most specialties only have a very limited number of training spots per state. So realistically, this means moving interstate or rural if you even get a spot. All up, assuming you pass exams and get onto a training program (which are a yearly sitting/intake thing), it can take close to ten years to finish specialising. For some it's a never ending battle. It's also not acceptable to not specialise in something - you can't be in no-man's land training forever. I guess, I am posting this, because as the wife of a doctor, it's really hard. It's really hard to plan a family when you don't even know where you'll be in a year. It's hard to keep moving around - I'm in a new city again and it's very lonely here starting again. It's hard because I miss home, and the plan is to move back one day, but we don't know when one day actually is. He has unfortunately failed his exams despite so much hard work, which means another year for us here in this city we don't really like. He knows I miss home, even though I try to stay upbeat and positive, so I think he felt an extra sense of pressure to pass which backfired. For people not married to doctors, it's hard to understand the culture. People say 'just take some time off!' 'he needs to prioritise family more!' it's really not that simple. Like I said, I've anecdotally had chats with other women in the same situation who understood, but I wonder if there's a formal group out there?

hello_mae Confusion about treatment and support
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I don't know if it's because of my DID/CPTSD neurodivergent brain or if it's genuinely confusing, but I don't know how to access more intensive support. I have a therapist through victims services who I talk to on the phone fortnightly and we do kind... View more

I don't know if it's because of my DID/CPTSD neurodivergent brain or if it's genuinely confusing, but I don't know how to access more intensive support. I have a therapist through victims services who I talk to on the phone fortnightly and we do kind of CBT and DBT based talk therapy about how I'm feeling and what's going on, and she's emailed Uniting to see about getting me a support worker (CLS program), but it's been months and they haven't even replied to her. From what I've researched tonight, going inpatient and being referred to other programs from there seems to be the main way of accessing that support, and the only way that is clearly outlined. But I'm deeply terrified about that thought, don't want to traumatise the children in my system, and feel sick at the idea of being both away from home and away from people I love and trust. Also even still, I don't know if I'm sick enough for that because I'm in like a limbo state of being able to unblend and observe symptoms, meet basic self-care needs most days, but that is all of my energy, and even still I don't have the energy to leave the house or even my bed for at least half of every month. So sorry, this probably makes no sense. I just don't understand at all how to do any of this.

GuestYD Voluntary Admission - What to expect
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Hi all I have had quite a few private admissions at a specific clinic and thought I'd share some hints. Your GP can refer you to a clinic, but one of the psychiatrists with admitting rights must agree to take you on. Once you have a psychiatrist who ... View more

Hi all I have had quite a few private admissions at a specific clinic and thought I'd share some hints. Your GP can refer you to a clinic, but one of the psychiatrists with admitting rights must agree to take you on. Once you have a psychiatrist who can admit you, you will be contacted by intake at the hospital. They do a brief history and risk assessment and check how you plan to pay for the admission. Once you arrive at the hospital, you will be required to fill in a variety of forms (details, mood evaluation, fund forms, privacy). You are then met by your nurse who shows you to your room. They conduct a bags search, take medication and any items not allowed to be held onto by you. You are then interviewed by the nurse who does a history and asks why you have come in. You work on goals for your stay such as stabilising mood, attending groups, improving sleep etc they will also take your observations, such as temperature, blood pressure, height and weight. You then get a tour of the hospital. Important things to look for include coffee making facilities, lounges and which courtyard most patients congregate to. You then will see your psychiatrist who will work out a plan in terms of medication but they will also spend a bit of time getting to know what brings you in and makes a clinical assessment of condition and symptoms. After this day, you settle in and go to meals etc During the week there are group therapy classes run. These might be supportive therapy which is where everyone tries to help each other through their difficulties together, it might be a more formalised structure where you learn about the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, learning about distress tolerance or it might be mindfulness. There are usually classes about what to do when you leave, so about outpatient programs and supports. My hospital also has sessions run by people with lived experience which is helpful advice. There is also an art room which is very busy with lots of materials. People can do whatever they like and some art produced is amazing. There will be some exercise groups like yoga and Pilates and if you have leave you can go with a group for a walk. Your psychiatrist will see you most weekdays and monitor your progress. They can refer you to psychologists and dietitians. Nurses will see you twice a day for a chat but also observe you on the ward. My biggest piece of advice is to chat to other patients. I've played uno before.

K_Ley treatment
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Hi,I have connected with SANE Australia (early stages). Has anyone else received support through them, I am undergoing the guided support. Next step is the planning call. Is this a good service.

Hi,I have connected with SANE Australia (early stages). Has anyone else received support through them, I am undergoing the guided support. Next step is the planning call. Is this a good service.

Natalie22 Psychologist wants me to see psychiatrist for assessment
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Hi I have been seeing a psychologist since February and he has recently raised that an assessment with a psychiatrist would be helpful for him.I can understand the merits but at the same time I am resisting mainly due to not being a bit fan of labels... View more

Hi I have been seeing a psychologist since February and he has recently raised that an assessment with a psychiatrist would be helpful for him.I can understand the merits but at the same time I am resisting mainly due to not being a bit fan of labels and also that I am scared.I am not really sure what path to take.

protracted44 Brisbane clinical medication specialist
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Hi guys, Im having a lot of trouble with finding a specialist that understands withdrawal and medication sensitivity issues. Does anyone have any recommendations ? thanks heaps

Hi guys, Im having a lot of trouble with finding a specialist that understands withdrawal and medication sensitivity issues. Does anyone have any recommendations ? thanks heaps