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  1. My name is Kim, I am 32 and live in MA. I was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder when I was 12 years old. I also suffer from major depressive disorder, substance abuse disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. I have been in recovery for the last 3 years and have been really trying to work on myself. I keep finding myself isolating and putting up walls in all of my relationships, friendships, and pushing people away or keeping them at arms length because I have serious issues with abandonment. I avoid social situations, and spend a lot of time alone, but when I am around people I am totally fine. Its frustrating to me because I like doing things and being around people once I am, but I still avoid them as much as possible without even realizing it half the time. I also have other issues like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue disorder so I don't know if I hold back because everytime I try not to, people constantly don't understand what it is like to have all these issues and take it personally that I can't get out of bed sometimes. I don't know I'm just really tired and frustrated with not making any serious connections with others and feel like I'm wasting all this time and everything because I am too afraid to get close to anyone. I am hoping to find some new supportive, positive people to be a part of my life.
  2. Hello, I'm new here. I am off my medication now for about 3 months but finding it difficult and would really like some support. I was on paroxetin 10mg for 15 years for anxiety. Is there anyone here who has used paroxetin and has successfully quit or maybe is in the process of quitting? We could share and compare experiences?
  3. I have Anxiety Disorder and I bought a Mental Illness Jar from https://www.etsy.com/listing/249065999/pick-me-up-jars?ref=shop_home_active_14 and loved it. It was full of inspirational mental illness quotes that helped me get through each day. They have many other kinds of jars too including some for friends of mental illness.
  4. Hello All! My name is Zo and I have been battling severe anxiety/panic disorder for the past 3 years. For a long time I dealt with it alone and only recently sought psychiatric help. After my first year of treatment, I have never felt so AMAZING! And now that I have found a way to love myself and live a happy productive life despite my disorder I am dedicated to helping others find this same happiness. I am launching an anxiety awareness and support Vlog on youtube called Zoetic. I will be sharing my coping methods, all I've learned and doing my best to support others. To learn more about who I am and what I've been through please check out my introduction video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXkODRz6QOU Follow me on Twitter for Stress management tips and Positive affirmations: https://twitter.com/zoeticist Talk to me confidentially of 7 Cups of Tea for 1-on-1 support: https://www.7cupsoftea.com/@Zoetic Everything will be updated on a Weekly/Bi-Weekly basis. Feel free to reply with questions and suggestions, I don't bite I promise! I look forward to helping you!
  5. Hi everyone! My name is Kristen. I have just recently recovered from a severe episode of Anxiety, Depression and Depersonalization. After having suffered and then recovered, I now want to support those who are having a tough time. I’ve created some YouTube videos where I talk about what happened to me and how I recovered. Please see below for my Youtube link, Facebook, and my email address if you have any questions. I hope this connects with you and you all feel better soon. Remember, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! <3 <3 xx YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQV5ebJfK8l_Cqim8ThFnVQ/featured FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clear-Healthy-Minds/841262265956431?sk=timeline
  6. Hey everyone! I've been meaning to sit down and do this for a while, not only for myself but for the many other sufferers of health anxiety around the world who are constantly being told "not to worry". Apologies if my story goes off in many different directions but I am writing this off the top of my head! Last November (2014) I went to India on a trip with my mother and Grandmother, I had the best time and wasn't best pleased about returning to work! The Sunday evening before I was due to go back to work I met up with a few friends in the evening for a drink. On the way to the pub I was carrying a heavy bag and trying to hold a scarf over my head as it was raining (typical British weather!) On returning home that evening I noticed that my neck became very stiff, I put this down to the heavy bag and the rain. The following morning I had a driving lesson and thought nothing of my neck, however as the week went on the stiffness was still there, I tried to rest and not strain it and tried many different ways of getting rid of it. Later on in the week I then decided it would be a fantastic idea to Google my symptoms, the search returning web pages with the words "brain tumour" or "brain aneurysm" I brushed this off and tried to not think anymore of it, however those words were then cemented in my head and I couldn't get rid of them. A few days later I then started to develop short sharp headaches, I then of course started to worry more and more about possible tumours and other things. I decided it was time to book a doctors appointment, the doctor asked me my symptoms and I explained about the heavy bags and strain, also mentioning that I Googled my symptoms and I was worried it may be something more serious. she brushed this off and explained that I would know if it was something more serious. I left the doctors feeling reassured but in the back of my head I was still panicking and began to doubt the doctor. Over the following week the headaches worsened and were accompanied by dizziness, I've always been a nervous and shy person but not the extent that I found it difficult to carry out normal day to day activities, such as a walk to the shop, but the dizziness accompanied by the headaches became too much and I was finding anything other than the journey to work a struggle. over Christmas I tried to enjoy my time off and met up with friends, I walked to the pub one evening and had the most horrific journey, I felt as if I was going to faint, the dizziness was horrendous and I just wanted to go home. I had no idea what was going on with my body, I had no control over it and this then sent me into more panic. I didn't feel as if I could talk to anyone about it I knew they would label me as "mad" I tried my hardest to put any negative thoughts about my health to the back of my head and carry on with my life. One night it became too much, I went to bed, turned my light off and had an awful moment where I thought I had gone blind, the dizziness and the headaches accompanying this made it too much, I sat up all night worrying, when my mum came downstairs in the morning to find me on the sofa crying she knew that something wasn't right. I then explained what was going on, but not the extent I was worrying over the previous couple of weeks, I felt so alone and it was horrible, many nights after that I would sit up crying wondering what on earth was going on. I couldn't cope at work, I couldn't go out and socialise because the fear of the dizziness as soon as I walked out of the door was too much. I then started getting other symptoms such as white floaty lines coming across my eyes, chest pains, heart palpitations and other things, they all terrified me! Enough was enough, I decided it was time to go back to the doctors, I didn't feel as if any of my friends, family or even my boyfriend would understand or give me the reassurance I needed. Before going to the doctors I decided to for an eye test, as I heard they can pick up on tumours and other health issues. Sitting in the waiting room I looked up to see an article from a newspaper tagged with the headline "Routine Eye Test picks up tumour" or something like that, this then sent me into panic. I explained some of my problems to the optician and he said my eyes were fine but my prescription had changed and that could be the cause of my blurred vision, and that he couldn't see anything that would be causing problems with my eyes or anything that would be causing my dizziness. I left the opticians feeling slightly reassured, knowing I had a doctors appointment coming up also helped. Over the coming weeks I couldn't cope, I would constantly cry, still thinking there was something wrong that they hadn't picked up on (One night I even rung the NHS helpline asking for advice, and contemplated going to the emergency doctors at the hospital). I was beginning to tell family and friends about it now and they were at a loose end as to what to do with me. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't cope at work, I was on auto pilot I certainly didn't feel in control of my body and I didn't feel as if I was in the room a lot of the time. It was absolutely horrible, no amount of positive reassurance was going to help, I was completely lost. Deep down I knew these thoughts were irrational but I couldn't control them, they then started to control me. Going back to the doctors I explained everything, by this point I was beginning to except that although I may not have a serious illness I certainly had a serious anxiety problem. He asked me general questions about my life, told me to come off my pill and booked me into see him a month later. I walked out of the doctors feeling positive (As I did after any health check) But knew within a few hours I would be feeling low again, the symptoms were still there but after stumbling upon a Health Anxiety forum one night I started to accept that these were just Anxiety Symptoms, and would constantly tell myself that. I pushed myself and would start walking to town, and doing the things that my anxiety controlled. I realised that this would be the only way of exiting the horrid rut that I had got myself into. Everyday I would push myself to do something that made me anxious and would usually feel better for it, some days were bad some days were good, but I tried to remain strong. the hardest thing I found is that people just didn't get it, they told me not too worry and not to let it consume me, but once anxiety has its grip on you it is very very hard to let go. On returning to the doctors for my follow up appointment he gave me two options, these being counselling or medication, I wanted to learn how to cope with my anxiety myself, I didn't want the side effects of medication and I wanted to know that if all of this ever comes around again that I can deal with it. In the end I never went to counselling, I found that every day I was getting better and better, the symptoms were becoming better and that it would just take time, almost as if my brain had to reset itself. All in all it took about 4 months to finally feel my "normal" self again, I could then start thinking of the future (something I couldn't bear to think about when I was in the midst of all this) I signed up to go back to college in September, where ill be doing a course in social sciences, with a view to go to university and become a Mental Health Nurse. My life is now as normal as it ever was! There are still moments where I feel anxious and the thoughts come back, but I brush them off and try to remain busy (something I've found to be very beneficial) Next week ill be joining a gym where I will be attending regular exercise classes and have booked to go to a festival in august. all these things sounding silly but things that I love and was worried I would never be able to do again. I have found that my anxiety has shifted away from myself and onto others, but not to the extent that it was. I know that was very long winded and I apologise if parts of it don't make any sense, but I wanted to get my story out there to others so you know that you're not alone and that you can get out of it, Even If my story helps one person then ill be delighted, I know when your in the midst of it all it doesn't seem like its going to end, but I really hope it does, I've come to except that ill always be an anxious person and worry, but I've learnt to control it now. If you've made it this far then thank you so much for reading this, I wish you all the best on your journey, and send you huge amounts of love! Freya. x P.s, I vow NEVER to Google my symptoms again.
  7. I'm sitting here late at night wondering why I'm grinding my teeth, why my heads constantly thinking and worrying about panic attacks that could Happen. I never used to be this way I used to be a fun outgoing young lady and now I can't even be independent or go on a night out, such simple things yet they feel impossible to do. I think we all need a bit of positivity in our lives. Let's stop thinking poor me, why me, and think this is who I am, I will not let this defeat me. I will lead a normal life and I will feel better however long it takes. Be thankful for what we do have in our lives. Wake up every morning in a good mood and the likelihood is you'll have a good day. I'm only in the beginning of my illness but I don't think it's right to call it an illness, it's more a lifestyle my mind is choosing to lead however my mind can also choose not to lead that lifestyle... See what im getting at. I'm not saying it's going to be easy but if we all have a little bit more hope and positivity no matter how small it will in the long run make a big difference. We are all in the same boat, we feel like our lives are going nowhere, everyday is a constant struggle. But we chose this life without even realising. Get help, don't sit around and wait for it to come to you. If you don't try and don't want to get better then things are only going to get worse. Wake up every morning have a nice shower and say to yourself this clean pure water is washing all the badness and anxiety off of my body. Then later in the day when you feel anxious remember what u did in the morning you've washed the anxiety away there isn't any left on you. You've brushed your teeth with pure water your 'clean' not ridden with anxiety. Let's work together support each other and train our brains to do what we want them to do. I wish everyone luck with there journey, remember 'what you think you become'. We all have bad days but aren't you sick and tired of being sick and tired? It will all be worth it in the end. All my love to you all, Alice x This post has been promoted to an article
  8. Hi everyone, I'm Marco, 25 yrs old, new to the site and so happy to have found this information and support. I was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder just a few months ago after two visits to the emergency room but knowing what I do know now I've realized that I've been suffering from GAD for the last year. It still amazes me how much living in fear and in the fear of this disorder has impacted my well-being. Sometimes I feel like I'm going crazy when I feel the anxiety coming on and then feeling my fear from the oncoming anxiety overwhelm me even more. This disorder creates such a vicious cycle however I am determined to get it under control. I believe I'm beginning to make the necessary changes to begin living a healthier and more stress controlled life, starting most recently with leaving my previous job in the hectic unbalanced hospitality management industry. With my new schedule I can live a more balanced life and do the things that I'd always felt so guilty and stressed about not doing (spending time with family, friends, exercising, proper dieting, taking vacations etc.) I don't expect overnight results and I actually was just experiencing symptoms of anxiety today (tingling in hands and feet, twitching of muscles, buzzing/tingling feeling of the head) but I got it under control all without having to take any medication which my doctor instructed me to use when I feel things are getting out of control. I'm committed to getting better and I've already found solace in knowing that I am not alone. I'm here for anyone that needs it. Best, Marco
  9. Hey all, I’m a social work student at The Ohio State University. I’m currently conducting undergraduate research on the usefulness of internet support groups in managing anxiety disorders. To aid in my research, I’m seeking adult members of support groups to complete an online survey about their experiences. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win either one of four $50 Amazon gift cards. Participants will be asked to electronically sign a consent form before they complete the survey and all answers will be anonymous and kept confidential to the best of my ability. The survey will take approximately thirty to forty minutes to complete and will include questions about age and mental health status. If you’re interested in participating, the link to the survey is: https://cswosu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3r8yJYfKQooX1el Thank you for your consideration!
  10. Hello everyone. My name is Brittany and I was officially diagnosed with anxiety, depression and OCD in 2009. I have been on Citalopram since then, and just recently decided to make the huge decision to come off my meds and try to take life on by myself. I would not recommend that to anyone who has not first spoken to their doctor/therapist and really put a lot of thought into it. Meds are serious business and you need to make sure you come off them right. (I'm sure many of you know this already ) I have been going through a lot lately including my fiance' breaking up with me. I'm sure you can imagine how tough that can be on someone like me. I've been crying a lot and I'm just so glad to have this site now as a place to come and talk. I have so many emotions built up inside me and it's taken me a very long time to be open and honest like I am today. If you're reading this, feel free to message me anytime. I would love to chat with you. I actually hope to one day be a Psychologist! Anyway, if you want to know more about me, just ask