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Topic: Hi

14 posts, 0 answered
  1. Gem17
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    11 December 2021

    I'm new here and after having a bit of a read through some of the posts in different forums, I thought I would start by posting here.

    I've recently been struggling quite a lot with my mental health and while I'm receiving support from health care professionals, what I feel like I don't have anyone in my life who understands what it's like. Sometimes I feel like I need to vent after seeing the professionals (which at times has recently been quite traumatic) but I don't know who to turn to. I'm hoping maybe I can find that here.

  2. white knight
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    11 December 2021 in reply to Gem17

    Hi Gem, welcome

    I'm please you are getting professional help. A big plus there.

    OK, imagine you are an astronaut. You go to space then return. You tell all your family and friends...how many would be able to relate to your story?. If anyone did they would be a rarity, maybe a pilot or parachutist with imagination and intense interest.

    No different to mental illness, an illness you cannot see, hear, smell, touch or taste, just an account from you and sadly it isn't enough.

    My guess... 80% don't get it at all, 10% try and have limited success, 5% have extreme empathy and can help (includes many professional medical people) and 5% have a mental illness. Not good odds to get help is it?

    Hence this forum and why it's so successful. You're among your own.

    You have options here. Keep reading and learning, use search bar and start your own anonymous thread in topics that concern you.

    Here is a thread you can google that you might find interesting

    Beyondblue topic they just won't understand, why?

    Regards TonyWK

  3. Gem17
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    11 December 2021 in reply to white knight
    Thank you so much for responding! You're analogy is so right. Most people have no idea and while some people try, it's like they really don't really get it. Reading some of the other posts has already made me realise what a great community this is - a safe place to share experiences and be vulnerable with people who understand how hard it can be.
  4. mmMekitty
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    11 December 2021 in reply to Gem17

    Hello Gem17,

    I note you already have a couple threads , so after saying 'hello' I will go & read them. 😸

    You are very welcome here, & as Tony says, you'll find people here who have a better than average chance of understanding.

    Oh! 😸 & I see you are ahead of me! As I see above, you've replied to Tony faster than I can reply to you!

    mmMekitty

  5. Gem17
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    11 December 2021 in reply to mmMekitty
    Thank you for your response! Already this community has provided me with more supportive interactions than I have had in a long time. I've been really struggling to leave the house since taking time off work a couple of months ago due to struggling with my mental health so have been really isolated (which most of the time is what I prefer because it's easier but I can also see that it probably isn't helpful). The only people I have really seen and spoken to are my doctors which doesn't always feel supportive. So, I really appreciate both of your responses!
  6. geoff
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    12 December 2021 in reply to Gem17

    Hello Gem, it's good you've posted here on this site because sometimes the doctors do look at us wondering how we could possibly be feeling this way because the last time we saw them all we could do is boost about our situation and now suddenly it's the reverse.

    We have all been through our own experiences, which we had hoped never happened, but we can't predict what's going to happen in the future, no matter how well it's currently going and to talk with people who have struggled themselves is definitely beneficial.

    We are all in this together and want to share, help and support those who are having trouble understanding why.

    Take care.

    Geoff.

  7. Sophia16
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    12 December 2021 in reply to Gem17

    Hi Gem,

    Welcome to the Beyond Blue community. We are happy that you are here. Thank you for letting us know how you feel. It looks like you are going through a hard time.

    Just know that you are so strong for getting through this year, especially with COVID.

    Stay safe and i am always here to chat.

  8. Gem17
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    12 December 2021 in reply to geoff

    Hi Geoff,

    Thank you for responding. It is definitely nice to have found this community where everyone is so understanding and caring. It really does mean so much!

  9. Gem17
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    12 December 2021 in reply to Sophia16

    Hi Sophia,

    Thank you for your response.

    I do feel like I'm going through quite a challenging time at the moment. I don't think I've struggled this much with my mental health before so it's all a little bit scary.

    I really appreciate the connections I have already had with people here. It makes such a difference to feel heard and not judged.

  10. white knight
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    12 December 2021 in reply to Gem17

    Hi Gem

    I have a thread you might be interested in reading.

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/depression/depression-and-the-timing-of-motivation

    TonyWK

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  11. Gem17
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    3 March 2022 in reply to Gem17

    It's been a while since I've posted here and it feels like so much has happened in that time.

    After struggling on my own for quite a while, I was finally completely honest with my Dr and psychologist about where I was at and ended up receiving the level of help and care that I had probably needed for a while. Based on that, I've recently come home after an inpatient stay in hospital in an Eating Disorder unit. Initially I felt like I was on top of things but recently I can feel myself slipping back into old thoughts and behaviours. I feel like maybe I've relapsed in my recovery, though I'm not completely back to the bad place I was in before. I'm worried about sharing this with my treatment team because I feel like a failure. I also don't know if it is a relapse or if I'm just overthinking things. But I also don't want to risk things getting any worse which I know probably means talking to someone about what's going on.

    Anyway, I just thought I would share here and see if anyone had any sort of insight or had experienced something similar.

  12. Guest_1643
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    3 March 2022 in reply to Gem17

    Hi gem17

    I have been to hopsital a few times and generally find it hard to adjust back home

    Things worked relatively smoothly for me in hospital, but when I get out it's back to the hustle, booking appointments, following up on mh groups or practitioners of interest, trying to find friends to walk or talk with who understand...

    I think it's normal to dip a bit after leaving a mh facility

    I still benefit though and learn new skills there.

    I hope Ur recovery continues positively

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  13. Gem17
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    4 March 2022 in reply to Guest_1643

    Hi Sleepy21,

    Thank you for your response. It is reassuring to know I am not alone in finding it hard to adjust back to life outside of hospital. I haven't even returned to work yet and have just been focussing on developing and sticking to routines and trying to fit in all my appointments with my treatment team. I am feeling very anxious with my return tk work looming in just over a week. I know that will add additional stress and pressure and I'm worried it will push me further backwards.

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  14. geoff
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    5 March 2022 in reply to Gem17

    Hello Gem, the staff who hav been treating you would understand this feeling and probably have handled it with others on numerous occasions, so I don't think they will be surprised.

    It's best for you to contact them, they will certainly not blame you for feeling like this and can expect it, given the circumstances with people.

    Please get in touch with them a.s.a.p.

    Geoff.

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