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  1. Rossi1968
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    23 November 2021
    Hi. I would like to talk to people who suffer with anxiety. I have never spoken to someone with this problem before just doctors and phycologists. I have had a setback due to my dumb brain I stopped taking my meds and that was a mistake. I’m now dealing with anxiety most of the time and it is very hard. Life becomes unbearable when you are scared all the time. I’m waiting on some help from the anxiety disorder clinic but I just wanted to reach out to anyone who would like to chat and maybe give me some hope that one day I will live a better life. Thanks
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    23 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    Hi there,

    Welcome! We are so grateful that you decided to reach out here. This is a really warm, understanding community and we think it's really great that you were able to open up here.

    Hopefully a few of our community members will pop by soon to offer some words of support and advice. In the meantime Here’s some pages from around the Beyond Blue site that you might like to look at:

    Thanks again for sharing. We’re here to listen and offer support, and you never know how your story might help someone else

    Kind regards,

    Sophie M

  3. Petal22
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    23 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    Hi Rossi1968,

    Wellcome to our forums!

    Im sorry you are feeling this way.

    Are you back on your meds now?

    Please know there is hope and you can recover from what you are going through.

    I suffered with severe anxiety OCD the anxiety I felt was unbearable at times but I pushed forward every day….

    Im now recovered from this condition thanks to the help I received from health professionals……. my severe anxiety is gone.

    I did a group therapy for the anxiety disorder I was going through I did it at a clinic that specialised in OCD. This therapy gave me all the tools I needed to master my OCD.

    Hang in there yes…….. there is a better life out there waiting for you.

    Just keep seeing health professionals.

  4. Rossi1968
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    23 November 2021 in reply to Petal22
    Thanks for your reply I really appreciate it. I’m back on my meds but they say this takes some time. Also waiting on a reply from an anxiety disorder clinic. Fingers crossed
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  5. Petal22
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    23 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    Yes antidepressants usually take about 6 weeks to work fully so hang in there….

    I hope you hear from the clinic soon…..

    I believe therapy and meds go hand in hand.

  6. mocha delight
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    23 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968
    Hi rossi1968 welcome to the forums and if you ever need to chat I’m here for you ok 🤗. I’ve not been officially diagnosed with anything yet but my psychologist has mentioned that not only do I have general anxiety and social anxiety but depression (clinical depression) to.
  7. Rossi1968
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    24 November 2021 in reply to Petal22
    I just need some hope right now. I’ve gone to work today and I’m not good I just keep thinking why this is happening to me.
  8. Rossi1968
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    24 November 2021 in reply to mocha delight
    Hey mate. I feel like I’m the only person dealing with this. Not that true but it feels that way.
  9. Sophie_M
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    24 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968
    Dear Rossi1968,

    It sounds like things have been very rough morning and that you have little to no support around you. It’s almost no wonder you're feeling the way you are. It takes a lot of strength to share what’s happening for you and reach out to our online community and we’re glad that you have.
     
    We hope that you find our forums to be a safe and supportive space to talk through your thoughts and feelings. Our community is here for you, we trust that our online members will stop by to provide some support. 

    We want you to know that there is always additional support available to you, whether it's from our professional mental health counsellors Beyond Blue (available 24/7 on 1300 22 4636) or our friends at Lifeline (13 11 14) or the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467).
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  10. Rossi1968
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    24 November 2021 in reply to Sophie_M
    I wish I could talk to someone that has had these problems and managed to overcome them. Talking to a real person would be very nice
  11. Petal22
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    24 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    Hi Rossie1968,

    Im sorry you are feeling this way.

    I understand it is very difficult….. anxiety is… but you really can overcome this! What you are going through is temporary things will get better.

    When I was in the depths of my severe anxiety I use to think why is this happening to me? I thought I was going crazy……. It was a very scary place to be……

    After receiving the professional help that I needed I recovered and the severe anxiety is gone.

    If I can recover there is HOPE that you can too! Just hang in there and take it day by day……….. I’m living proof that you CAN recover…….

    Im always here if you have any questions or want to chat……..

    If you are feeling like your anxiety is severe don’t hesitate in going back to your gp and discussing how you are feeling……

    I found being with people helped me when I was in the depths of my anxiety OCD and keeping busy….. I applaud you for going to work….. just shows how resilient you are…..

  12. Rossi1968
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    24 November 2021 in reply to Petal22
    Thank you for talking with me I do feel better reading your post. Now I’m feeling ok right now at work. I can only take one day at a time. It’s hard to believe there are people like you.
    your an absolute champion
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  13. Petal22
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    24 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    That’s ok Rossi1968,

    Im glad you are feeling ok now at work….

    I found when I was going through severe anxiety it was always worse in the morning and as the day got on the anxiety improved…. I told my doctor about this and my doctor advised that this was a normal pattern for anxiety…….

    Being around people really helps I’d even go out to the shops when I was feeling extremely anxious just so I could be around people I’d even chat to the shop assistants…..

    Just hang in and yes one day at a time and just keep pushing forward you will get there!

    This phase of your life is temporary things will get better….. really they will.

    Thank you for your kind words 😊

    I feel I went through my condition so I could come out the other side to help others who are going through a mental health condition.

    Im always here to chat please ask me any questions………

    We are all a supportive caring community and here to support you.

    You aren’t alone

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  14. Rossi1968
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    26 November 2021
    Hi. I’m feeling very nervous and stressed out I was driving to work it was raining very hard and I was thinking the site workers would be in the factory which made me very anxious. I can’t seem to settle down now and I want to go home. I’m still here at work but it very hard.
    just want to talk to someone.
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    26 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    Hello Rossi, just a quick word, people who take medication and start to feel better, then decide they don't need to take it anymore, then after a while, they tend to relapse, and I'm not qualified to say, but taking medication for any disorder like anxiety, isn't the same as taking a headache tablet, which goes away in a short time, but with anxiety, this doesn't happen because you are put in so many different situations.

    Remember to check with your doctor about what dose you're taking and if you can cope with it.

    Geoff.

  16. Rossi1968
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    26 November 2021 in reply to geoff
    Thanks for the reply Geoff. I’m not sure what to think about that one. I’ve seen my doctor twice since I got back on my meds. My anxiety has not been this bad in years and it’s scary. I understand your just being honest but it not what I needed to hear right now. Positive feedback from people who have overcome this problem helps. I hope this didn’t come across as rude
  17. Petal22
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    26 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    Good morning Rossi,

    Welldone for getting to work!

    Remember the mornings are always the hardest with anxiety so just hang in there and talk to your work mates and keep busy it will settle down as the day goes on..

    Practice slowing down your breathing.

    Things will get better….. keep pushing forward..

  18. Linger316
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    26 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    hi Rossi,

    We are in the same boat. I am also currently suffering from anxiety. But as Petal22 has said, it is usually worst in the mornings then as that day progresses it gets better. I am also taking medication but I cannot tell if it really is working or not. Lately, I also feel a bit burnt out and lack motivation in doing anything. I just want to go back to my old self, before I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1, but I don't know how.

  19. Rossi1968
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    26 November 2021 in reply to Petal22
    Hi again. I didn’t make it at work and I’ve come home but home isn’t good hot flushes pins and needles and a never ending feeling of when is this going to stop
  20. Rossi1968
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    26 November 2021 in reply to Linger316
    I wish I knew a way to help you. Everyone says just hang in there but that seems hard right now. My thoughts go out to you it must be hard dealing with this problem. If there is anything I can do by chatting here don’t hesitate to talk I will try and help.
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  21. Linger316
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    26 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968
    You’re too kind Rossi. Trying to help me well in fact you yourself is also having a hard time. Sometimes just typing out my feelings help and also knowing that I am not alone in this makes it somewhat easier. I hope it gets better for both of us.
  22. Petal22
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    26 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    Hi Rossi1968,

    I understand….

    Anxiety is difficult especially when it’s high……..

    I have been exactly we’re you are and believe me you will get through it.

    You need to keep persevering it can sometimes feel like a marathon but it’s a marathon you can win!

    Id never allow my anxiety to stop me from doing anything…… even when it was screaming at me and everything in my body said to stop…… I’d keep going! You are so much stronger than your anxiety…. defy it……

    It helped me to be around people and the days I was at home I’d write myself a list of what I wanted to get done the next day and I’d follow the list ….it kept me motivated and busy for the day and I’d feel pretty good for getting things done while I was so anxious……… practice keeping your attention on the tasks at hand and not in your head….. be present

    Meditation is great! Have you ever tried it?

    and exercise is great for anxiety aswell……

    If you feel as though you need to go back to your gp and discuss how you are feeling please do so.

    You could also do a mental health plan with your gp this will allow you to see a psychologist who can give you many strategies for anxiety.

    Your not alone and you will get through this…. Stay positive

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  23. Rossi1968
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    26 November 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Hey again…

    I am waiting for a reply from the anxiety clinic in Penrith they rang me on Wednesday to say I’ve been excepted and will email me for a FaceTime chat and explain what happens next. But right now I just don’t want to do anything. Work seems to be harder and harder each day. My anxiety lasts all day long. And before I had this setback I was doing ok. I be been back on my meds now 4 weeks and I’m just not sure about things anymore.
    And I think you are a much tougher person than me.

  24. Rossi1968
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    26 November 2021 in reply to Linger316

    Hey…. You just do your best to keep busy. Try some walking in the fresh air. If you have a mental health plan that’s good if not see your gp and get one going it will help. There is so much proof on this forum that people recover. I’m not good right now not sure if I will make it to work on Monday it feels to much right now. But just know I’m here if you need a chat.

  25. Petal22
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    26 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    That’s fantastic Rossi1968 that you have been accepted into the clinic I’m sure they will be able to help you…

    You may have to wait a little longer for your meds to work fully but when you also do therapy this will help.

    I understand it’s really hard, it’s not easy……. Try to keep busy……

    Do you have people around you?

    Things will improve…..

    “Look Beyond the Struggle “

  26. Rossi1968
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    28 November 2021 in reply to Petal22
    Thank you for your kind words. One day at a time is all I can do. I do have good days. The weird thing is when I have a good day I just don’t know how it can change and I get anxiety again. I guess there is a trigger but it feels very random. Do you ever feel like this. ???
  27. Petal22
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    28 November 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    Hi Rossi1968,

    Thats ok 😊

    Yes when I was going through anxiety I’d have good days and bad days.

    When I’d have a bad day I’d tell myself that tomorrow will be better and it usually was.

    Try to be positive…. 😊

    I found with anxiety it’s something that you have to persevere with but you will get there.

    Perseverance builds resilience I didn’t know how resilient I really was until severe anxiety OCD put me to the test….. it was very challenging but a challenge I’m grateful to have had because it bought me so much self growth.

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  28. Rossi1968
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    1 December 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Hi

    i enjoy reading your positive thoughts.
    im always chasing answers for how anxiety effects me. It’s been years since I have had these problems and I think I have forgot how bad it was when I was diagnosed. My problem now is I’m so scared of anxiety that my mind can’t forget it. Does that make any sense. Lol

  29. Petal22
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    1 December 2021 in reply to Rossi1968

    Hi Rossi1968,

    Im glad you enjoy reading my positive thoughts.

    I totally understand……. Anxiety is fear based and because you have anxiety now you will feel this emotion more, once it settles it will become easier and yes it will settle.

    I remember waking up one morning with anxiety running high it was the morning I decided to stop running from it and face it head on…… I bit the anxiety back….. I said come and get me……

    I accepted I had anxiety but by doing what I did made me feel a bit more superior to it…….

    By accepting that I had this condition it made it easier to sit with my anxious feelings rather than run from them and now that I accepted it I could work on overcoming it…

    With your therapy you will learn a lot of strategies for your anxiety.

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  30. Rossi1968
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    1 December 2021 in reply to Petal22

    How is it you know what to say.
    you sure your not a psychologist. Lol
    I have my first app on Friday which is done through FaceTime I hope it goes well. I think a have a way to help me deal with this anxiety. I once had a panic attack while away on my motorbike it was in the middle of nowhere on a 35 degree day and I was in the bush not knowing how to get out of the situation but I eventually rode 50 klms to a hotel and slept for 10 hours.
    so I keep telling myself if I can do that I can deal with this right now.
    I hope one day I can ride a bike again. Fingers crossed

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