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hza138
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Joined: Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:36 pm

Re: Tell Me Something About You

Postby hza138 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:24 pm

Hi Jason... Don’t fear meds. When I’m on the right ones, they really do make a world of difference. I still need counseling, but the meds help, because we can’t help that this is often chemical imbalances in our brains. No pressure, just know it’s an option.

jason75 wrote:Hi folks

I'm a 40 year old guy who is married with 2 boys, one is 3 years old in February and the other is coming up to 7 months old. I should be happy with life, I know I love my wife and 2 boys with all my heart. However, I feel constantly down, when someone criticises me I take it to heart and it makes me feel sick to the stomach, like I'm no good. I've cried myself to sleep on numerous occasions, because even though my wife tells me she loves me, I convince myself she is embarrassed by me and regrets marrying me, even though I can't think of any rational reason why.

I saw this website and thought I would give it a try, I didn't want to go to my GP as they tend to fob you off with a prescription for anti depressants, which at this point a don't believe is the answer, this however would be a good place to start.

breatheinandout
Posts: 318
Joined: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:03 am
Location: UK

Re: Tell Me Something About You

Postby breatheinandout » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:11 pm

Hi hza138! And hello to Pickles and Murphy too :) Hi Jac
Why did i pick such a long username?! Do call me Biao :D

bexylouise
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Joined: Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:49 am

Re: Tell Me Something About You

Postby bexylouise » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:10 pm

i feel a bit late joining this but hey ho.
I'm a 20 year old who is in their second year at university. i was only diagnosed with depression and anxiety in December 2017 however i was in hospital on sunday and the woman said to me i have probably had it for many years before my diagnosis. I'm really interested in music aswell as crime books and documentaries.

littlemopeep68
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Joined: Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:36 am

Re: Tell Me Something About You

Postby littlemopeep68 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:43 am

Really struggling, have no support system and never ask for help, but realizing I have to cope with my shame and ask for it. why is it so difficult to find a nonjudgmental place to offload and unburden yourself...

janetlillian
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Joined: Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:38 pm

Re: Tell Me Something About You

Postby janetlillian » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:04 pm

Hello. My name is Janet and I moved back to England from the USA in November 2017. I have suffered from depression since my mid 30's. I luckily do have quite a few friends and family here which I didn't have in the U.S. And I'm hoping this will help me cope with my illness. If anyone knows of an actual support group in the Lancing, Shoreham or Worthing West Sussex area please let me know.
I enjoy reading and walking. I would like to hear to hear from other new members to this site. Thank you. janet

lostnana
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Joined: Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:13 pm

Re: Tell Me Something About You

Postby lostnana » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:35 pm

I'm in the throes of depression AGAIN, ageing and alone a lot of the time. I've realised late in life that I've actually suffered this fear, despair and shame since I was a little child, and one of my problems is I'm so good at putting on the mask and hiding it. I'll be awake all night terrified of having to do some simple task on the next day, then put on the smile and appear capable until it's over and I can hide again. Hello to everybody and I want to be part of honest mutual support. Love to all.

niqqz
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Joined: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:04 pm

Re: Tell Me Something About You

Postby niqqz » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:31 pm

Fresh in my 30's been dealing with depression (bipolar) as far back as I can remember but diagnosed in 2010 after I lost my grandmother whom raised me and my son father a month behind each other. I never knew how to deal with my emotions and i don't talk I'm naturally shy. My communication sucks been trying to work on that for forever but I'm the type that can be by myself with no problem it's when I have to be in society where it's an issue. I sometimes feel like I don't like ppl or be around ppl it flares up some anxiety for me but I realized it's not them it's me. The only medicine that works for me when I'm really down and going through it is laughter I love to laugh... I cry from time to time then that emotion turns to anger, I hate to cry but sometimes I get so filled to the max with emotion I cry then I'm angry for the rest of the day. I've tried committing suicide 3x my 3rd attempt scared me because it literally takes a second and your life could be over but it woke me up, gave me a slight will more of a will to want to try and stick this out for my son. He's all I think about and after his dad not being here anymore I can't leave him to.

alexthehat
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Joined: Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:28 pm

Re: Tell Me Something About You

Postby alexthehat » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:48 am

Well, where to begin? I often feel like it's an insult to people suffering depression to say that i'm depressed (I wonder how many people think like this) because in the main it's mostly self-inflicted and my symptoms don't seem anywhere near as bad as some of the stories people have shared.
You've all showed such strength, its incredible and I wish you all the best of all the wishes.

In summary, it was a few things at once, a collection of things that perhaps by themselves would have been more manageable. I've smoked weed since I was 14 and that really ended up being the catalyst for all of my problems.
I managed to quit around 24 yrs old, I'd met someone and I felt the weed had to go to make the relationship work to it's fullest (I was ready for it to be firmly in my past).. after two years apart whilst she travelled and I finished University, we finally met again and it was all supposed to kick on from there. In those 2 years I'd also worked night and day to clear debt from University and had the genius idea of placing a bet on the football to clear the last £500 (this was shortly after we'd met up again), anyway that relationship broke down suddenly and we never met again (man I was so head over heels) and shortly after I started smoking again. Betting on the football to win back loses soon led to me being back where I started financially and soon after that I'd discovered online Forex trading and over the next year proceeded to lose 25k on credit cards, mainly due to Brexit.

I think that was the kicker, to experience such euphoric extreme highs and such heightened lows and then to wake up from it in an even worse position then when my self destructive behaviour began, shortly after that, exacerbated by cannabis, I started to lose any sense of a future, a very real a cerebral hopelessness, my attitude was one of "fuck life, whats the point" and I became extremely Nihilistic.. I recognise how close I was to a potent mix of emotions and beliefs which could have led me down an extremely negative path.
I was a care worker at the time and I had to leave my job because I just didn't feel like it was right for me to be there with these people feeling how I am, retrospectively, losing myself in the service of others was doing me the world of good but I couldn't see it at the time.

I secluded myself from friends and family, smoked more than ever and things just got worse and worse, well they definitely weren't getting better and I couldn't see a point where they would, which to me felt like things were getting worse.
I'd thought about suicide, wished for my own destruction, I'd wake up in the morning with a feeling of absolute hopelessness, with a sense of a lack of a future and all my past mistakes would hit me at once with complete clarity, but I can't help but feel its natural, as if mind, body and soul are all telling me that something needs to change.
Where I struggle is turning that feeling into action, perhaps that will come in time, when i'm ready but for now maybe I need to feel it, to let it stew and gradually the answers will surface themselves.
I don't think i've ever been sustainably happy but until the last few years I could always find a contentment in the dullness of everyday life, a saying of mine used to be "to find contentment in adversity is to find your fortitude." and i've tried to do that, but it feels like accepting that this is it, and that won't do.

I feel i'm acutely aware of the reasons why i'm feeling this way and I prefer to let it marinate, to feel every ounce of it rather than medicate and miss the opportunity to feel real raw human emotions in their full and colourful range.. but then I can empathise with those who may not be feeling this way for any obvious or logical reason, I think that would really scare me and my heart goes out to you if that applies to you.

I don't think feeling this way is unnatural or wrong in any way, and it irritates me how society seems to freak out when someone is unhappy when most of the time it's a perfectly natural emotional response to dissatisfaction or trauma etc and part of the problem I feel is that the rhetoric around mental health suggests being unhappy is a feeling to fear. Life is mainly pretty flatline in terms of emotions, it's not reasonable to expect someone to be happy all the time. Embrace your depression and let it show you the way to a better tomorrow, listen to it's intuition.

For me, I saw that Cannabis was the catalyst, so that had to go, to recluse and avoid friends and family wasn't helping so I made efforts to socialise, what helped me to do that was getting some routine back into my life, getting up early, going for a walk, eating healthily (all the boring stuff that really does work, especially when it stops feeling like a chore) the debt, I did some research and there was a charity that could help out with a payment plan so my monthly payments weren't more than my wages, and even so, by letting it stew, I eventually came to terms with bankruptcy at 29, it's nothing to be ashamed of.
I still feel like I have no future, I still get that hopelessness clarity in the mornings but I try to think of it as a signal to change rather than a reason to be ashamed.

Bless you all, stay strong.

andthistoomustpass
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Re: Tell Me Something About You

Postby andthistoomustpass » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:12 am

Hi Alex

Thanks for your post, I took a lot from it.

alexthehat
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:28 pm

Re: Tell Me Something About You

Postby alexthehat » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:21 am

Thank You, I was extremely nervous it may come across as condescending, but that honestly isn't the intention, it's just my weirdness, in personality and outlook.


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