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Topic: Need guidance

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  1. tablelamp
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    22 April 2020

    Hi

    I've reached a point where I feel physically sick obsessing about continuing my current life, I've always had depression/anxiety issues but buried them but I've reached a point where I've accepted I need to finally seek professional help to deal with this but I'm not sure what the first step is.

    Do most people see their GP and ask for a referral to see someone? Do you just cold call someone in your area off google? How have other people gone about finding the right help for themselves?

    I was referred many many years ago to a psychologist to help with some other health issues I was having but was not happy with the person I saw then so I'm not sure what the best path is to find someone who will be able to help.

    Thanks for any advice you may be able to give.

  2. Rumples
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    22 April 2020 in reply to tablelamp

    Hi tablelamp,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to our community today, we know that it is not an easy thing to do. We are so sorry to hear what you've been going through, it sounds like it's a really overwhelming and difficult time for you right now. But please know that you've come to a safe, non-judgemental space to express your thoughts and feelings, and our wonderful community is here to provide you with as much support, advice and conversation as you need.

    We would urge you to reach out to 1800RESPECT, a 24/7 confidential information, counselling and support service which you can access via phone or webchat at – 1800 737-732 or https://www.1800respect.org.au. Another option is the Beyond Blue Support Service. Our Support Service is available 24/7 by phone on 1300 224-636 on on Webchat 3pm-12am AEST on our website: www.beyongblue.org.au/getsupport

    Please come back and have a chat, I'd love to hear from you

    Rumples (BUG hug)

  3. tablelamp
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    22 April 2020 in reply to Rumples

    Thanks for your reply. I read through some more posts on here in some of the other sub forums and have made an appointment with my local GP to see about getting a mental health plan first. I guess I will see how that goes and then might have to call some of those numbers if I feel it isn't going anywhere at that point.

    I wish I could just put life on hold until I can get some of this sorted, it's tough to try and look at addressing these issues while still trying to cope/deal with day to day life that's aggravating them...

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  4. Rumples
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    22 April 2020 in reply to tablelamp

    Perfect! Sounds like you've got a plan in your mind and clear course of action. That's a great start!

    Definitely see your GP - tick. That's going to be the first stepping stone on your road to recovery tablelamp. In the meantime, I encourage you to keep reading through the various forums and engaging with other community members who you feel relate to your circumstances. Talking really is one of the great therapies you can do.

    Please keep coming back with updates as to your progress and bouncing ideas off of us. I'd love to walk along this journey with you and hold your hand along the way. We're all here for you at anytime, night or day, please remember.

    Your friend - Rumples xoxo

  5. Aaronsis
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    22 April 2020 in reply to tablelamp

    Hello tablelamp

    It is really great that you have reached out to this community for some support and I am so very sorry that you feel so very ill both physically and mentally when you think about your life. I want to make sure that you are feeling safe at this time, if you are not feeling safe, please call an ambulance on 000 and have them come to see you, you matter so much and there is help and there is hope. There are also the wonderful people at Lifeline on 13 11 14 to chat through things with if you prefer a voice to speak to at this time. I am so sorry that things are not going well for you at the moment.

    Starting with the GP is a wonderful place to begin getting a safety and wellness plan in place for you, just a tip to book a double appointment so that you can have time and get the benefit of the session without feeling rushed. I think also it is helpful to write some things down before the appointment so that you get to express everything you need to and dont leave thinking you left so much out. If you do feel like you are struggling with communicating how you feel too you can always pass the note to the doctor and let him/her read it as a starting point.

    This forum is also another really great place to share how you are feeling, to get some things off your chest and let the community support you and give you their ideas and suggestions on how they have coped or what they do in similar situations too. This is a safe space and no one here will be judging you or be critical of you tablelamp, just care and support, so as much as you feel comfortable to, share away.

    You mentioned seeing a psychologist in the past and didn't find them very helpful, I just wanted to say to that point that as you know, they are people too and just as we don't make connections with everyone in life we don't always connect with health professionals either and sometimes it might take three or four or even more to find the right person with whom you do find comfort, support and mostly the connection and that what they are saying to you resonates with you and you find helpful. Please don't give up hope on finding the right support due to the past experience.

    We are here for you tablelamp.

    Chat some more soon

    Sarah

  6. tablelamp
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    24 April 2020
    Had hopes of feeling like I was at least progressing forwards today but my GP appointment was cancelled and rescheduled for next week now. I was offered an appointment with another GP but I don't feel comfortable talking about my issues with a stranger and my current GP knows my other medical conditions that contribute to how I'm feeling. This sucks. Life always seems to throw up road blocks and delays.
  7. Aaronsis
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    24 April 2020 in reply to tablelamp

    Hey tablelamp

    I am sorry that your appointment has had to be rescheduled, that is frustrating, but given the times and the need for doctors to be making all sorts of changes we have to be patient and keep an understanding mind set. In the meantime, we are here to chat with, there are also the support lines too that you could try, I know you mentioned them as a last resort if the GP didn't seem effective, maybe this is the time to reach out the them. Maybe even start with the gentle and wonderful people at Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.

    I am not sure where you are in this lovely country but I am in Melbourne and the sun is out this morning and I think I might try and go for a walk and get some of that fresh air in. I am really enjoying seeing everyone out, walking their dogs and saying hello to others, even though it is a weird time there are some real positives too.

    I have started painting too, I am not particularly good at it but I really enjoying it, it makes me feel good that i have created something and it does take my mind of the daily grind, do you enjoy art or being crafty?

    Chat some more to you and hugs to you

    Sarah

  8. mocha delight
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    24 April 2020 in reply to tablelamp
    Sorry to hear that your appointment with your gp has to be rescheduled but nothing no one can change with the time we all are going through I’m afraid. I’ve not seen my gp in person since the week before covid 19 was first mentioned. In that same week I not only lost my grandma and started on having antidepressants for the first time in my life. I was having weekly phone appointments as my gp wanted to keep an eye on me what with being new to having antidepressants but last phone appointment she said basically instead of the weekly phone appointments the next appointment would be ina month which is around the 7th. Sorry for the long as reply but we are all most likely experiencing similar is what I’m trying to say but your lucky in the case of still seeing your gp in person. Stay in touch and if you ever need to chat I’m here for you ok.

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