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Topic: Welcome.....Me

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  1. The Tiger
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    21 July 2021

    First time poster.

    Sufferer of Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Panic Disorder.

    Like all, struggling with the current Pandemic.

    Been working at home for 16 months. Plus have had multiple significant life events since June 2019.

    Don't really see the light at the end of the tunnel but doing everything in my power to remain upbeat, primarily to look after 2 people in my life.

    Just wanted to say hello and going to spend some time reading the forums to keep active, offer advice, get advice and mechanisms to help etc.

    Thanks for reading !

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  2. quirkywords
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    quirkywords avatar
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    21 July 2021 in reply to The Tiger

    Tiger

    I wish you a warm welcome to the forum and thanks for your introduction.

    Yes offering support to others or saying hello can help us as to when we give support we gain support.

    Browsing through the topics that interest you is helpful.

    I had a significant life changing event happen at end of Dec 2019 and other event since then,.

    What do you find the hardest thing to cope with at the moment. I find all the changes in last 18 months difficult and since I have moved commenting to new people in a pandemic is so challenging.

    Thanks again for starting your thread.
    Quirky

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  3. The Tiger
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    21 July 2021 in reply to quirkywords

    I think the hardest thing is the constant change.

    I lost my best friend, then almost lost my partner, then lost my father before the 1st lockdown.

    My partner then had a life saving transplant just as we were being lockdown.

    So much change. Whether it from workplace to home to doing all the usual things we normally take for granted.

    Most days I feel helpless, but know I have to simply keep going, especially for Mum. Carry my exemption letter so I can help her out, do her shopping etc.

    Even when we were allowed to move more freely. I really hated it masked or not. Everything seemed amplified, voices and general noise had me wanting to get home as soon as possible.

    I don't think the true outcomes of what Australia has experienced, especially Victoria and now NSW will be fully seen for a couple of years. Probably a heap of people that will not realise they are suffering.

    I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder, Depression and Anxiety in my early 20's so have had time to deal and attempt to manage.

    The PTSD is new, primarily based on recent events. So trying to identify when each pillar is acting up becomes more difficult.

  4. Guest9337
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    21 July 2021 in reply to The Tiger

    G'day The Tiger, welcome to bb forums and thanks for easily readable posting, very nice on my eyes.

    I agree that Australia and indeed the wider world has not yet fully come to terms of what this particular pandemic means.

    I hate masks so much like for me they make it hard to breathe, I feel trapped and eventually need to take it off or start chucking up into it! Horrible, I wish I could change and be more comfy with masks.

    Society has industrialised suffering on scales never before seen. Talk to me about it!

    love dng.

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  5. The Tiger
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    21 July 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    Thanks DNG, Appreciate the kind words.

    There are those that have struggled, are struggling and will struggle in the future. Those likely to struggle in future is what I am really concerned about because what we are experiencing now is unprecendented.

    I've tried all the various masks and face coverings but as someone with glasses, its trying to even get a balance right. The best luck I have had is the n95s with the bendable nose. It at least allows the glasses to not fog up.

    I like to get outdoors, go to my local park, walk track and walk for a bit, not trying to think about anything but at the moment with the mask rules, I think we still have to mask up which makes it difficult.

    A day at a time !

  6. Guest9337
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    21 July 2021 in reply to The Tiger

    Before my wife left for work today she told me my car is currently unregistered. Woops she said, having missed the payment bill.

    So I am home today unable to pay the bill nor drive my car.

    Fortunately I can ride the bike or go for a walk for exercise and our yards are decent enough to sit in the sunshine for a while. Don't have to wear a mask at home! yippy.

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  7. Auton
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    21 July 2021 in reply to The Tiger

    Hey Tiger - Sounds like you're up against it atm, some terrible things going on in your life. All I can say is it will improve! and try to stay positive, even tho i know it's hard.

    I've had a bad series of events (nan died in uk and I couldn't go back, lost 2 pregnancies among the 'highlights'), recently too and I've struggled, but I've tried to focus on the near future to try and move past the past. Its mostly working for me. Hopefully you have something to look forward too?

    Also, good one for making sure your mum is ok !!

  8. quirkywords
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    21 July 2021 in reply to The Tiger

    Tiger Thanks for explaining more about your life
    I am sorry for your losses and for your partners illness.

    You have had a lot to deal with.

    I lost my home and shop in the fires 18 mths away, I am so lucky I didn’t lose any loved one but trying to cope has been hard.
    I feel humble when I know what others have endured like you and Auton .
    I try to focus on the present but a knowledge my past.
    I am not sure I have ptsd but I have some similar things like triggers. I too am trying to navigate different emotions .
    I appreciate your writing replies , and insights into your feeling.

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