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Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« on: April 14, 2015, 05:44:55 PM »
Hey all.  :) Don't know if anyone would be interested, but I didn't see any threads for this and I thought I might as well try and start one in case anyone is. I've got depression and anxiety myself, which can make life a little hard at times to say the least. I'm in college right now and uh...it hasn't exactly been helping me with school. But I know talking can help a lot for people, and Monster High is something that helps me get through stuff, having fun rewatching the movies or planning out customs, so it only seemed natural to bring it up here. So yeah. If anyone wants to talk I'm just putting this out there.  :P

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2015, 06:28:00 PM »
I have both of them (Well apparently my depression is something called dysthymia). There's not much to say /currently/ , but for a week last month I was terribly anxious about the passage of time.
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2015, 07:06:52 PM »
Moving this over to Zombie Zone for you.

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2015, 07:22:31 PM »
I suffered with anxiety and depression for 10 years (all started when I moved in next door to a cell tower). I was on a variety of different antidepressants because they would eventually stop working for me. What did work for me was when I got rid of everything wireless in my home (Wi Fi, cordless phone, etc) due to my son getting severe headaches once school had installed Wi Fi and after seeing many doctors and specialists, getting rid of the wireless stuff was my last desperate effort to find a solution to his headaches. It worked for him thankfully (I was just thrilled it wasn't cancer), and I noticed after about a month that my anxiety and depression was going away. Long story short I have been off antidepressants for almost 3 years now and I no longer suffer from the horrible panic attacks and depression I was feeling for so long. I feel like myself again, and I don't know how I made it through all those years with how horrible I felt mentally.
It's hard to see that there seems to be so many people out there suffering with depression and anxiety (I work in the health profession) and I think that it could really be as simple as getting rid of Wi-Fi (used wired internet) and reducing your exposure to wireless devices. I'm not saying that it's the cause of everyone's depression, but I'd love to let as many people know what worked for me, and just maybe it could help you as well. I have plenty of excellent information if anyone is interested from respected scientists and medical specialists.

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2015, 09:17:25 PM »
I don't really have anything to say that needs support at the moment, but I might as well check in here, so I can keep an eye on this thread for later use. I'm currently diagnosed as bipolar I with shizoid tendencies, but they want to get me re-evaluated because my therapist suspects I may actually be schizoaffective. I have also been diagnosed with general anxiety, social anxiety, and I'm also currently suffering from severe agoraphobia.

I wish it was an easy of a fix as getting rid of wireless devices for me, but sadly I have been dealing with this since I was 12-13 and there is a very strong history of the same mental illnesses in my family going way back. My maternal grandfather, for example, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in the 70's and then committed suicide in the 80's, before I was born, after being denied disability by the government. There are more in my family that have dealt and are currently dealing with these things... so I guess we just have bad genes.  :(
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2015, 07:19:48 AM »
There's not much to say /currently/ , but for a week last month I was terribly anxious about the passage of time.

It's really frustrating when things like that happen, especially when you end up worrying about things that in no possible way can be controlled. I went through a period where I would get extremely freaked out thinking about the vastness of the universe. I'm glad to hear that there isn't much to say currently at least though.

It's hard to see that there seems to be so many people out there suffering with depression and anxiety (I work in the health profession) and I think that it could really be as simple as getting rid of Wi-Fi (used wired internet) and reducing your exposure to wireless devices.

I'm so glad to hear that you finally feel like yourself again. Unfortunately I know there's a history of anxiety in my family, and it'd be a bit hard to weed wireless tech out of my life at the moment. Maybe I'll have to try cutting down the free time I spend on tech though and see if that helps at all...

I don't really have anything to say that needs support at the moment, but I might as well check in here, so I can keep an eye on this thread for later use.

Well, even if you don't have anything that needs support at the moment, have a (cyber?) hug anyway.  :hug: Hugs are the best, after all.

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2015, 01:27:16 PM »
I've struggled a lot with anxiety and depression and I'll admit I had a tough time this week. I had gained back some weight I lost and it just made me feel like crap which of course triggered a lot of depression, which then ended up triggering anxiety too. Part of the problem was my husband being out of town since I rely on him a lot when I'm having a bad day. I'm so glad he's coming back today.

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2015, 07:23:48 PM »
I'm sorry to hear that Melissa. Weight is just...stupid, honestly. I worry about it way too much myself. If you ever feel bad about your weight, I always like to look a Gabi Gregg's fashion blog, or go look up pictures of characters like Garnet Rose, because they're heavy and they're absolutely fabulous/beautiful. It makes me feel a lot more ok with how I look, or at least helps me to calm down a bit and distract me. Don't know if it'll help you at all, but it might be something to try.

I hope you're able to feel a bit better with your husband home.
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2015, 08:46:59 AM »
I'm sorry to hear that Melissa. Weight is just...stupid, honestly. I worry about it way too much myself. If you ever feel bad about your weight, I always like to look a Gabi Gregg's fashion blog, or go look up pictures of characters like Garnet Rose, because they're heavy and they're absolutely fabulous/beautiful. It makes me feel a lot more ok with how I look, or at least helps me to calm down a bit and distract me. Don't know if it'll help you at all, but it might be something to try.

I hope you're able to feel a bit better with your husband home.
I appreciate the suggestion! I've always had just more of an internal struggle over it. Like I think Amber Riley (Mercedes from Glee) is gorgeous and she's actually much bigger than me, but yet I can't look at myself and see the same. I did actually talk to my doctor yesterday and she thinks part of it is my medical condition causing me to lose weight slower than average/regain too easily so at least that's something.

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2015, 04:58:11 PM »
I'm sitting on the floor of my room. I got it into my head to start selling some of my DVDs and books, since they are a) taking up room and b) ... I would like monies >,,>

It started out thinking about selling my Nintendo DS and a big bundle of games, since I don't have time for it anymore. Then I started thinking about my DVDs as I am a habitual collector of DVDs, especially crime or forensic ones. And I've included my old Forensic textbooks in that too, and I'm selling them since I donated a huge chunk of just regular (true) crime books to charity before my first move, I should actually SELL the textbooks for people who are looking for them.

... for some reason, the idea of selling them on eBay filled me with regret and anxiety. I've sold stuff on eBay in the past, successfully (old yaoi manga I had no use of or was terrible). Why the sudden 'THIS IS A BAD THING OMG' murmers?

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2015, 06:30:52 PM »

... for some reason, the idea of selling them on eBay filled me with regret and anxiety. I've sold stuff on eBay in the past, successfully (old yaoi manga I had no use of or was terrible). Why the sudden 'THIS IS A BAD THING OMG' murmers?

I listed one thick book, I'll list the rest when my brain is finished having an episode >8C


Ahhh, I understand that problem. For me though, it's very definitely because I have a pack rat mentality and worry that I'll be selling something that I might want later, or I'll feel bad for having spent money in the first place and then not using whatever it is I want to sell. Maybe try listing out things that are good about selling your things? Like different things that you would be able to do with the money or the space you have from getting rid of them?

I haven't been having a great time myself today. I've been off my meds recently because even though they were decreasing my depression they were jacking up the anxiety side of things to unreasonable levels and having some extremely bad side effects, but now my depressions back and it's just... On the meds I feel extreme self hatred and actively want to sabotage myself and off them I feel alone and like all my friends would prefer it if I just left them be and that they just don't care about me--that they would be happier without having to deal with me. And either way my homework isn't getting done because I can barely focus on it long enough to get anything done before I start panicking or crying.  :huh: I need to get in to talk to the doctor and see if I can try something different... I'm just glad the summer is almost here, and I at least won't have to worry about grades even if I'll be working a lot.

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I'm sorry to hear that Melissa. Weight is just...stupid, honestly. I worry about it way too much myself. If you ever feel bad about your weight, I always like to look a Gabi Gregg's fashion blog, or go look up pictures of characters like Garnet Rose, because they're heavy and they're absolutely fabulous/beautiful. It makes me feel a lot more ok with how I look, or at least helps me to calm down a bit and distract me. Don't know if it'll help you at all, but it might be something to try.

I hope you're able to feel a bit better with your husband home.
I appreciate the suggestion! I've always had just more of an internal struggle over it. Like I think Amber Riley (Mercedes from Glee) is gorgeous and she's actually much bigger than me, but yet I can't look at myself and see the same. I did actually talk to my doctor yesterday and she thinks part of it is my medical condition causing me to lose weight slower than average/regain too easily so at least that's something.

I know it probably doesn't help, since I generally don't believe things when people tell me, but I saw your selfie in the selfie thread and I thought you looked fantastic. :) That's definitely something--if you're talking about it being an internal struggle like being upset over not being able to lose/keep off weight and blaming yourself, genes and medical conditions can have a huge effect on it, and you can't blame your actions as the issue when those aren't what's causing the result. But, I dunno, if I'm not interpreting what you're saying correctly you can just disregard that. :P
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2015, 04:53:03 AM »
I like that there is a thread for depression and anxiety support.  I have ADHD and AvPD (Avoidant Personality Disorder), & possibly some OCD...and depression is a part of them, so I totally understand and can relate.

I can also relate with the packrat mentality.  Doll collecting, along with my kitties, has always been like a sort of therapy for me.  That's probably why I have so many dolls (I probably have about 200 or 300 vintage Barbie dolls, and at least 70 or 80 MH ones) and like so many different kinds.  But then there's the issue of my having a small apartment and limited space to display and store them.   I have to constantly keep myself from wanting to buy more doll stuff just because I like it.  I'm trying to now have a mentality where, if I don't LOVE it, I don't need it.

For ADHDers, keeping a clean, organized home or office is a major challenge.  As much as I want to have it nice & organized, my brain is like this high-speed machine in a production factory that's trying to process multiple things at once.  The only good thing about ADHD is that I can multitask, so I try to put that to good use.

Dxgirly, you mentioned social anxiety...I am just curious if perhaps you might have AvPD?  I know that for me, having AvPD means I am very hesitant about going to social events, altho I feel I've made some progress when I joined a local bowling league.  So I totally get the social anxiety.  It's partly why I stay home when I can.
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2015, 09:27:40 AM »
Thank you for making this thread, WrittenHuman.  I have extremely bad generalized anxiety, and I've taken medication to help with it for about 5 years.  Even with that, I still have a bad breakdown every few months, thinking something's wrong with my health, I'm going to fail my classes, I won't pass my degree, I'll never find a job, etc.  I tend to come to the worst possible conclusion and convince myself that's what's going to happen, and once I'm done worrying about one thing, I find another.  It's hard for me to talk to people about, even my boyfriend or my family, since they don't see it from my skewed pov (which, why should they, ha ha!) and don't understand my line of thinking. ^_^; Which is probably good, since I need a reality check, but it's also nice to talk to people who understand my pov!  :blink:

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I haven't been having a great time myself today. I've been off my meds recently because even though they were decreasing my depression they were jacking up the anxiety side of things to unreasonable levels and having some extremely bad side effects, but now my depressions back and it's just... On the meds I feel extreme self hatred and actively want to sabotage myself and off them I feel alone and like all my friends would prefer it if I just left them be and that they just don't care about me--that they would be happier without having to deal with me. And either way my homework isn't getting done because I can barely focus on it long enough to get anything done before I start panicking or crying.  :huh: I need to get in to talk to the doctor and see if I can try something different... I'm just glad the summer is almost here, and I at least won't have to worry about grades even if I'll be working a lot.

I hope you're feeling better!  :hugs: Did you get a chance to talk to your doctor?  I am certain your friends don't feel that way about you. :) Have you been able to talk to them about it?  Sometimes, when I get the idea in my head my friends don't like me, I just work up the courage to tell one of them, and he or she would immediately assure me that's not the case, and that would relieve my fears.  I understand how you feel about homework.  The semester will be over soon, and all that will be done and you'll still be alive and kicking on the other end, no matter what! ;) Mental wellness comes first (no matter what teachers/parents say...)

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Dxgirly, you mentioned social anxiety...I am just curious if perhaps you might have AvPD?  I know that for me, having AvPD means I am very hesitant about going to social events, altho I feel I've made some progress when I joined a local bowling league.  So I totally get the social anxiety.  It's partly why I stay home when I can.

Ooh, congrats on joining a bowling league, WuvMyKitties!  That sounds like an awesome past time.  I had not heard of AvPD before, so thanks for telling about it.  I also had extremely bad social anxiety, and I had to talk to my therapist to try to work through it.  I still prefer to stay home... >.<

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2015, 10:41:05 AM »
I'm glad to see there is a thread for this. As in my case talking always helps a lot, yet talking with people in my 'normal' life doesn't seem to help at all. After all theyll just tell you that it will be alright etc. But how could they possibly convince you of that if they haven't felt this themselves?
Let start of by saying I don't really have anything really bad, I just have a combination of multiple issues. I have a school fobia, social fobia as well as performance anxiety. This makes going to school almost impossible for me. I became home schooled for 2 years, but I really want to become a dressmaker so I decided to go back to school this year. It actually went really well until the last couple of weeks and I've been having multiple break downs. mainly because in the last 10 weeks of school I have to do an internship of 320 hours and I'm absolutely terrified.
I've been talking with my psychologist and I thought I'd be alright. I had my first 8 hour shift today and I thought I was okay until I got home and suddenly it felt as if I was being choked again. The issue is that I HAVE to do the internship or I can't pass this year. Even just writing about it is making me feel like my throat doesn't work. I'm so scared and even my psychologist can't do anything about it. I just don't know what to do anymore :c

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2015, 02:03:22 PM »
Any fellow dermatillomaniacs here?  :( *Very sore, clawed scalp/chin/torso at the moment*


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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2015, 03:08:31 PM »
Ooh, congrats on joining a bowling league, WuvMyKitties!  That sounds like an awesome past time.  I had not heard of AvPD before, so thanks for telling about it.  I also had extremely bad social anxiety, and I had to talk to my therapist to try to work through it.  I still prefer to stay home... >.<

I usually prefer to stay home, but the place I work at has an annual bowling tournament and that really got me interested in joining up with a league.  I have always loved to bowl, and even tho I'm terrible, the ppl in my league are like family now.  We all look out for each other, we talk, laugh, and have fun above and beyond the bowling aspect.  One of my teammates has spastic legs.  He uses a cane to walk around and because he has so much trouble walking, uses a 1-step approach, yet still averages 174.  He used to coach high school bowling teams, so he's very knowledgeable about the sport.  I (jokingly) refer to him as the "walking, talking bowling encyclopedia."

About getting out...you have to force yourself to try new things.  I'm speaking from experience.  When I first joined the league, I was really down on myself saying to them "I'm not that good," "why would anyone want me," etc. but they all encouraged and welcomed me with open arms.  I am SO glad I did this!  In fact I've been so encouraged, I now will be joining a spring-summer bowling league, and I know some of the folks in that one too. :)

Oh and of course Facebook has been a huge help.  There are groups on there for folks with bipolar, AvPD, ADHD, etc.  It's such a blessing!

Any fellow dermatillomaniacs here?  :( *Very sore, clawed scalp/chin/torso at the moment*

I don't think I have it, tho I have a horrible tendency to pick at blind pimples and things.  One problem I do have, and I need to have it checked out, is I get what I can only describe as several rows of little pustules (almost like whiteheads) just above my chin.  I wash my face, use cleansers, etc. and even try to draw them out, but they keep returning.
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2015, 03:24:05 PM »
Any fellow dermatillomaniacs here?  :( *Very sore, clawed scalp/chin/torso at the moment*

Yes.

I'm not super bothered by it to be honest.
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« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2015, 04:06:03 PM »
Any fellow dermatillomaniacs here?  :( *Very sore, clawed scalp/chin/torso at the moment*

Yes.

I'm not super bothered by it to be honest.

I'm covered in scars, gotten some pretty bad wounds/wounds that won't close because I can't leave them alone. Erica Moen did a really good comic about it, it actually helped me realise that I had that :c


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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2015, 06:43:26 PM »
I hope you're feeling better!  :hugs: Did you get a chance to talk to your doctor?  I am certain your friends don't feel that way about you. :) Have you been able to talk to them about it?  Sometimes, when I get the idea in my head my friends don't like me, I just work up the courage to tell one of them, and he or she would immediately assure me that's not the case, and that would relieve my fears.

Not yet, unfortunately, since finals have been crazy but I only have one more. Unfortunately I had someone pretty close to me lie to me big time last year, and while I feel like I should be over it/not put it on everyone else, it's still very hard for me to trust what people say to me when it's about me. But anyway, I'm still pretty freaked about all my friends leaving for the summer, and some of them forever considering I may never see them again, but it's not stress/sadness that's completely overwhelming anymore so that's definitely good. :) Plus I found a crazy good sale for Zombie Shake Rochelle and Venus, so that certainly brightened my week.  :P

I'm glad you appreciate the thread. It's definitely nice to have people who know where you're coming from, even though people with a less skewed view of reality are also very important to have. I'm sure you'll be able to graduate and find a good job--it's a lot of effort but you obviously understand your situation and it sounds like you work hard to get through it, and that's really important in life.

I became home schooled for 2 years, but I really want to become a dressmaker so I decided to go back to school this year. It actually went really well until the last couple of weeks and I've been having multiple break downs. mainly because in the last 10 weeks of school I have to do an internship of 320 hours and I'm absolutely terrified.
I've been talking with my psychologist and I thought I'd be alright. I had my first 8 hour shift today and I thought I was okay until I got home and suddenly it felt as if I was being choked again. The issue is that I HAVE to do the internship or I can't pass this year. Even just writing about it is making me feel like my throat doesn't work. I'm so scared and even my psychologist can't do anything about it. I just don't know what to do anymore :c

Being a dressmaker sounds absolutely amazing. Do you ever sew for your dolls, or just people?

That's a really tough situation to be in... Have you seen that new Netflix show, Unbreakable, by any chance? It's a silly thing, but the main character was talking about how she got through some of her horrible experiences by just taking things ten seconds at a time, since we can all endure ten seconds worth of something. I think it might be hard to do in ten second intervals, but trying to break it down into chunks of time that seem endurable to you and only focusing on getting to the end of that rather than really far ahead might help. Or, personally, when I've had classes that I'm utterly terrified to go to that have made me break down a lot, I try promising myself treats afterwards if I go. I'm sure you've probably tried to think through lots of options, but I thought I'd throw some suggestions in just in case they might help. I really hope you're able to get through it though.


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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2015, 05:52:25 AM »

Being a dressmaker sounds absolutely amazing. Do you ever sew for your dolls, or just people?

That's a really tough situation to be in... Have you seen that new Netflix show, Unbreakable, by any chance? It's a silly thing, but the main character was talking about how she got through some of her horrible experiences by just taking things ten seconds at a time, since we can all endure ten seconds worth of something. I think it might be hard to do in ten second intervals, but trying to break it down into chunks of time that seem endurable to you and only focusing on getting to the end of that rather than really far ahead might help. Or, personally, when I've had classes that I'm utterly terrified to go to that have made me break down a lot, I try promising myself treats afterwards if I go. I'm sure you've probably tried to think through lots of options, but I thought I'd throw some suggestions in just in case they might help. I really hope you're able to get through it though.

I mainly sew for people, especially cosplay related things. But I did recently make a Thronecoming dress for my Maddie which I think turned out pretty well. I'm just not very patient so I don't like sewing by hand.

And I do do that. In the end I managed to do 17 hours, from which 2 8 hour shifts + one 1 hour shift. I made it through the first two days just constantly going like 'In 1 hour I'll be at half of my shift so then the worst has passed already' etc. But sadly enough I had a break down on Thursday and I just couldn't stand it anymore. I wanted to reward myself for doing those 17 hours at least by getting River to get one step closer to completing my Haunted students, but off course she was out of stock when I checked today and the getting ghostly dolls are all 22,99 which I think is too much, so now I'm double disappointed.
I might have to quit my education now since I simply can't do the internship and if school doesn't want to look for a solution I can't finish my first year. Hooray for stress