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Topic: New to this wanted to introduce myself

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  1. Alltheabove
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    27 November 2018

    Hi everyone

    I'm here hoping to be around others who can understand what I'm feeling etc. I've suffered depression on and off since a teenager now 38yo. Last year whilst at work I was attacked by three men. Since that day I've been diagnosed with ptsd, depression and severe anxiety and have not been able to return to work since. After 20 years in my field of employment I can't believe Im in this position now. Lost alot of friends since and have attempted taking my life during this time as well. I have an excellent gp who is making this journey more bearable but I guess for me not having control is one of the hardest things.

     

    Hoping this post is OK not wanting to put too much on first post. Anyway hoping to chat with others who can understand and empathise with all that's going on.

    take care all

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  2. baet123
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    28 November 2018 in reply to Alltheabove

    Hey Alltheabove,

    Welcome to beyond blue and it is great to have you here. Thank you for sharing your situation with us and I am sorry that you have been struggling for a few decades now. You seem extremely intelligent, thoughtful, caring, strong, courageous and resilient to say the least and these are amazing qualities you possess and have developed throughout your struggles.

    You have come to an extremely loving, caring and non-judgmental place where I am sure the forums will be beneficial to you in one way or another. Many people have been in similar situations as yourself and will be able to provide invaluable support and advice.

    I am so sorry to hear that you were attacked whilst at work. I cannot begin to imagine what you have been through but you are still going strong and attempting to get better and this is a testimony to your character and who you are as a person. You mention you cannot return back to work since the incident. This is completely normal and your reasons are absolutely valid.

    Besides your GP, may I ask whether you are receiving any active medical care and treatment regarding depression and whether you are seeing a therapist, psychologist or any other health professional relating to your PTSD and the incident at work?

    Not being in control is hard for everyone so please don't be too hard on yourself.

    Please don't ever feel obligated to post. Post as little or as much information about your situation as you feel comfortable with. We will always be here to support you and I hope that you find these forums beneficial to your treatment/recovery process.

    Look forward to seeing you around and learning more about you!

    All the best,

    Nick.

    Your strength to post on forums and share your situation is extremely inspiring.

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  3. Idkme
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    29 November 2018 in reply to Alltheabove

    Welcome Alltheabove,

    it’s great to have you as one of the group. It’s such a great place to feel included. The power you have is the level of input you choose to be involved in.

    Feel free to use this page to share your struggles/questions and to tap into the awesome community champions, etc. They’ve had lots of personable experience.

    Its very brave if you to start a new thread and I hope you can start to find some answers and strength to start getting your life back and finding yourself.

    all the best

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  4. White Rose
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    30 November 2018 in reply to Alltheabove

    Dear Alltheabove

    Hello and welcome to the forum. No need to worry about saying the right thing, we have all been there in some form or other. My problem was depression and it can be truly awful.

    As you were attacked at work, and I want to say how sorry I am for that experience, did you have help from WorkCover, or whatever it's name in your state? I would have though they would provide all the physical help and mental and emotional support you need. I do hope this is the case.

    The loss of your job must have been very hard.It plays a huge part in our lives. You have probably heard the saying, "Do the job you love and never work again". I know I thoroughly enjoyed my job and did miss it a little when I retired.

    Do you have a family? Please only tell us what you feel comfortable with. We are not being nosey, simply want to 'see' you in your home.

    I think many find it hard to start their own post but so rewarding when you can do it. I expect there will be more people joining your conversation. You will make online friends here I'm sure.

    Losing old friendships is not something we enjoy. Do you think you have changed or the friends? I presume your mental health does not encourage you to make new friends. Have you considered ways to belong to a community again? It depends on your particular circumstances I expect but maybe looking outside of your home may be helpful. I hope you are receiving therapy to help you manage this new life.

    Most places have activities available. I have often suggested a visit to your local library which can show you what is available in your area. Of course this depends on your abilities but activities such as volunteering for an organisation can help you self-esteem. What about coaching school teams, becoming part of the Scouting movement, helping at the local animal refuge?

    Love to hear from you again.

    Mary

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  5. Roadkill
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    1 December 2018 in reply to Alltheabove

    So sorry to hear of your situation. I completely get it, the shock of completely changed circumstances can be bewildering. I know as I was almost killed in a hit & run on the way to work 16 months ago, in a moment my entire life changed. For quite a while I was in denial about needing help, my GP stopped me in the middle of a consult when I was starting to loose it, and told me flat out I had PTSD and need to talk it through.

    I did, and it has helped.

    I really hope you have support, I understand the loss of loosing friend, it make the isolation worse. As I was in a full leg brace for 3 months and couldn't pick anything up, let alone vacuum for over a year, my house became a mess, so I didn't let anyone visit.

    I think contact, at appropriate times is really necessary or else you can get stuck in your own head if you know what I mean.

    Good luck, and hold on to your friend and take help even when you just want to hide away.

    Brett.

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  6. Alltheabove
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    4 December 2018 in reply to baet123

    Hi baet123

    Thank you for your response to my post the kind words are overwhelming in a positive way.

    since the accident apart from workcover and gp I have a psychologist and also been referred to a local ptsd course but no appointments til next year so until then I just have my gp who I see once a month. Oh and the medications my gp has put me on

    As you can imagine I have my good days and bad it's like a rollercoaster.

    I have family but hard to get support as my rock who is my mother is in an aged care facility due to alcohol induced dementia.

    Use to be able to talk to her about everything and anything she was my best friend but can't do that now due to her illness.

    Take care and look forward to talking in the future and thank you for the support

  7. baet123
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    4 December 2018 in reply to Alltheabove

    Hey ATA,

    Don't mention it! I am glad that you have found my post to be beneficial and all I wrote was the truth. You are extremely brave, strong, courageous and resilient so try and reaffirm yourself that you are those things and much much more during tough times.

    We all have our good days and our bad days and indeed, life is like a roller-coaster, however, the good days once the ride finishes are going to feel that much better!

    Have you thought about group therapy or other therapeutic community models of care/intervention? This is something you should look into.

    Look forward to hearing back from you shortly and keep fighting the good fight ATA. Things will get better.

    Nick.

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  8. Alltheabove
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    6 December 2018 in reply to baet123

    Hey there baets

    thanks for the positive supportive reply.

    What do you mean when you mentioned community therapy etc. Havnt heard that terminology used.

    The last week has been very tough regarding my anxiety simple things are triggering me when they normally don't. It seems to be mainly when I'm stressed or in stressful situations. Gonna mention it to my gp when I'm there next week

    look forward to your response

  9. baet123
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    7 December 2018 in reply to Alltheabove

    Hey ATA,

    Your most welcome!

    Sorry, I tend to use terminology that is too clinical sometimes, sorry :(

    Community Therapy Services (CTS) provides a comprehensive range of multi-disciplinary rehabilitation services. Patients are provided an individually tailored, short-term, goal-orientated therapy program with an emphasis on patient education and self-management. Basically its the type of treatment framework they use at in-patient rehab facilities but being apart of a community and being around others in similar situations can often be extremely beneficial. It is a common therapy framework used in drug and alcohol rehab, aged care and geriatrics.

    Hope you enjoy your weekend. Try to unwind and take care of yourself. You need to remember to do things you enjoy and take your mind off things that may be bothering you!

    Nick.

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