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Topic: Hey! :)

3 posts, 0 answered
  1. Tash_93
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    1 posts
    29 April 2021

    Hey everyone,

    I’ve always been a really bubbly and happy person, whilst having horrid anxiety and depression. The last few years has gotten worse and its seems harder to cope using my current mechanisms (going to the gym and focusing on work). Seeing everyone’s introductions have been great and I feel less alone.

  2. white knight
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    29 April 2021 in reply to Tash_93

    Hi Tash, welcome

    We have like minded people here that most, including Community Champions have some sort of mental challenge. The exception is carers or those coping with someone.

    The more you open up or respond here the better you'll feel. Through life experiences we can help you cope better.

    Google the following

    Beyondblue topic variety or distraction

    Beyondblue topic the timing of motivation

    I hope they help. You can post in those threads, post new threads for different topics that worry you or continue with your thread here.

    TonyWK

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  3. geoff
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    1 May 2021 in reply to Tash_93

    Hello Tash, can I also join Tony in welcoming you to the site.

    Many people display a happy and joyful facade, but deep down they are suffering a silent illness, too afraid to let their friends and/or family know how they are actually feeling, it's certainly happened to me for many years, but eventually you can't pretend any more, it all becomes a massive struggle, that's when we have to realise that we need help to know how to get better, and if this does happen, it's no fault of yours whats so ever.

    Those who are slightly hesitant in opening up, fear what type of criticism other people may direct towards them and with this illness that's is certainly unfair.

    Those of us on this particular site know what this feels like, it makes you feel alone, simply because your friends may decide that they aren't able to help you and not capable of knowing what they should be saying, so they disappear and you lose contact with them, that can be heartbreaking to know that a friend you've known for such a long time has decided to ignore you, perhaps it's not because they have fallen out of favour with you, but simply mental illness is too strong for them to handle.

    It is upsetting but that's when those who have been in your position begin to realise that you need help and are able to listen and suggest any recommendations that they have experienced themselves which have been appropriate.

    When people suffer for a couple of years without seeking any assistance, that's very difficult for you to try and understand why this it's happening and there could be many different issues surrounding this problem.

    Please take your time and remember we have been in the same or very similar situations ourselves.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

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