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hello, i am new here. i joined to see if starting a thread would provide some insights...
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dear Tso, hi and thanks for coming to the forum.

We appreciate your time, so maybe you can tell us whatever you are worried about, and how you feel, which I presume is that it's not all well.

So you can just add onto your post here, and then people can reply back to you. Geoff.

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Hi Tso,

Welcome to the community here at Beyond Blue. Like Geoff has mentioned, if you give us a little more of your story, you will have a bit more interaction.

Also as Geoff has mentioned, the fact you have started up this post means that you are possibly needing to reach out to someone for help, acknowledgement of a problem, feeling lonely or just need to know someone cares.

If you are willing to share more about yourself then we will be able to chat with you further.

Hope you can send us another message.

Cheers for now from Mrs. Dools

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I have just very recently been experiencing some weird feelings like I have never felt before. I have been experiencing the feeling of extreme anxiety, which I have definitely had before and on a regular basis for a long time, but this is different- I don't feel like myself, I feel like I am lost in my own body and everything around me is not the same, I don't feel comfortable around environments that would usually make me feel safe and normal like being at work or being with my family. I think things like "what even is my life" and "why am I even doing any of these things?" I find myself having panic attacks where I can start freaking out for no reason. My family thinks this is because of some severe life changes, I recently had to cut ties with a person who I was in an unhealthy on-off relationship for over 4 years and I'm only 20 years old. I can't understand why it's happening and I don't know how to stop it, because not feeling like I'm living my normal life is terrifying and I'm desperately trying to make myself stop, but need distractions or something to stop my mind from thinking this way? Is there anyway I can stop this?

Hi Shauna

I was browsing the forums and noticed noone had responded to you - I think if you post this as a new post of your own, you will get a response from one of the more regular members.

Having said that, I will also respond here. I get extreme anxiety too. Sometimes it can make you feel weird in various ways, including disconnected and anxious about situations that may normally make you feel safe. Other things that go along with the anxiety may also contribute to your feelings - eg sometimes when I don't sleep well I am not rested enough to deal with things as calmly as I would normally, or sometimes I forget to eat enough and this will also make my brain unable to cope as well as it normally would. This or other things may also be part of your feelings. Your recent relationship breakup may also be contributing as this sounds as if it was traumatic. Everyone needs time to get over relationship breakups, be kind to yourself as you heal from that, and know that for a time you might feel a bit unhinged.

On a more philosophical level 🙂 ..It is totally normal and intelligent to wonder what your life is and what you are doing. Smart people spend their whole lives thinking about these questions and seeking and finding or creating meaning in their lives. It means you have a critical mind. And that can be a hard thing but it is also a good thing.

Panic attacks are common with anxiety also. The best thing to know when you are having one of these is that the feeling will pass. If you have not talked to a counsellor or doctor you might find they are able to help.

As for distractions, I find craft, colouring, things like that can help me. Kind of mindless but slightly creative things 🙂

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I am new also, just negotiating around.

I'd like to post but i'm not sure how?

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I am also new and would like to start a new thread, but can't seem to find how i do that.

Can anyone help?

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tso79 said:hello, i am new here. i joined to see if starting a thread would provide some insights...
I alsoam fining it difficult. To start anew thread.I am on an Ipad .

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I am a 'young'older woman grieving my husband of 54 years. I was prescribed medication for a while after his death. With the help of my GP, I went off the medication which was for depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 4 years after my husband's death, I am getting depressed again. The loss of love and loneliness is the cause.

Should I go back on my medication? I feel I shouldn't need it. But my depression is getting worse.