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Topic: Lost soul

14 posts, 0 answered
  1. Craig m
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    17 posts
    30 March 2020
    I've had anxiety and depression for nearly as long as I can remember. Had many different treatments. Nothing really helped. When I have stomach and shortness of breath. I get sedated.basically I just deal with it day by day. I also have a lot of physical health issues. Diabetes. Diabetic nurophathy vascular disease both legs arthritis pain back and hips. I'm having daily panic attacks nausea and other things. That's all good pretty use to it. But last few weeks have been different high and low blood sugar , insomnia, thinking of dying all the time. Because I'm high risk of the virus, feeling like I'm not going to make it. Not much support around I keep to myself because of mood disorders. Not sure what I want to get from hereTake it as it comes.
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  2. calmseeker
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    30 March 2020 in reply to Craig m

    Hi Craig,

    Warmest of welcomes to the forums. You will find many kind and understanding people on this space.

    It sounds like you're having a really rough time. Panic attacks can be extremely isolating and scary, I have been experiencing them for a number of years myself. Coping with your health issues must be awful also, so sorry to hear this.

    Do you have any interests that bring you joy Craig? I myself love listening to podcasts and watching documentaries on various topics. I love interior design also. I find trying to immerse myself in things I love is when I can get a little relief.

    Kindest thoughts

    CS

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  3. Craig m
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    17 posts
    30 March 2020 in reply to calmseeker
    Thanks calm. Recently bought a pet conure parrot. Brings lots of joy and is a major distraction. I also like documentaries. And trivia. We have to keep plugging away. All the best to you too.have you felt any worse over the coronavirus.
  4. Maverick25
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    30 March 2020 in reply to Craig m

    Hi

    Just wanting to let you know you're not alone. I'm really struggling too atm if you need a chat.

    Maverick

  5. Craig m
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    17 posts
    30 March 2020 in reply to Maverick25
    Chat for sure. Always good to talk to a fellow tortured soul.tell me about your anxiety.
  6. Craig m
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    17 posts
    30 March 2020 in reply to calmseeker
    Thanks calm. Recently bought a pet conure parrot. Brings lots of joy and is a major distraction. I also like documentaries. And trivia. We have to keep plugging away. All the best to you too.have you felt any worse over the coronavirus.
  7. calmseeker
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    30 March 2020 in reply to Craig m

    Craig - That's awesome that you have your buddy parrot, fascinating creatures!

    You're so right when you say we have to keep 'plugging' away. That's what dealing with anxiety and health issues feels like doesn't it, that we have to take everyday step by step, sometimes hour by hour when it gets really bad.

    As far as the virus goes, I wasn't to worried to start with but as the numbers are rising, I have found myself thinking about it more. It has seemed to trigger my OCD a bit - I have had a bit of a cleaning frenzy in order to feel a bit more in control. I try to tell myself that we live in a country that has an excellent health service and from what I hear, they say they are very prepared for the worst (I hear terrible things coming from New York so we should probably feel blessed we live here and not there). I have had a few nights of insomnia also - no fun is it!

    Trivia is heaps of fun. Last trivia question I heard was ..which country has no mosquitos? ...Its Iceland. Maybe some people see it as a dumb fact but I think its a cool piece of info !

    CS :)

  8. Craig m
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    17 posts
    30 March 2020 in reply to calmseeker
    I live in rural Tasmania should feel safe here but it won't let me . I'm selfish, other places and people worse of . Thinking about other people's problems helps me sometimes mum always said no matter how bad your going there's always someone worse off. My house could use a good dose of OCD
  9. calmseeker
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    333 posts
    30 March 2020 in reply to Craig m

    I am a Tasweigan also :) Born there but moved to QLD 16 ish years ago - I often miss the freshness and beautiful scenery of Tas.

    I don't think you are selfish at all Craig - you have a lot on your plate and anxiety can be so cruel sometimes and trap us in our heads. That's why its great you have posted, so many of us here understand where you are at and now in these uncertain times its even more important to connect with likeminded people.

    If you don't mind me asking, do you have a good GP who is of help to you Craig? I think its so important to have a good GP - I myself am on the search for a decent one, I haven't had much luck with GPs since my 'good' one moved interstate to practice. Since then I haven't felt very supported.

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  10. Craig m
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    17 posts
    30 March 2020 in reply to calmseeker
    What part of Tasmania u from. My doctor of thirty years retired last December. The New clinic has a high turnover of doctors can barely get a appointment let alone see the same doc. And then there's all the specialist I see. I think they the most arrogant people I've ever met problem after problem with the lot of them. Getting back to the GP thing old doc had me on strong pain tablet. These young doctors don't like prescribing it.trying all other things not working. Trying to fix something that wasn't broken. Apparently you can get a reputation if you prescribe what I was taking.
  11. calmseeker
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    30 March 2020 in reply to Craig m

    Morning Craig - I was born in Hobart and lived in many different locations in and around there. At one stage I lived on acreage an hour out of the city, which I loved. I do miss that location to be honest. Do you like the rural area where you live?

    Sounds like you are having a tad of trouble sourcing a decent GP also. Its frustrating about the meds situation - I was sort of in the same boat with an anti anxiety drug I was taking, all of a sudden after legislative changes docs didn't want to prescribe it anymore after freely doing so for many years. So do you actually still take that old pain medication or have you been unable to get it?

    I hope your morning is treating you well Craig :)

  12. Craig m
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    17 posts
    30 March 2020 in reply to calmseeker
    Hi calm
    Nice to see you about again. How have you been today. Looks like like we plugged away another day.great place to live here. I use to be outdoors person, work and fun.new pain specialist doctor is good he's overseeing all problems which I was lacking before. Trying different pain control with him. Found a lot of people here last night worst of than me. Jumped in and started chatting. Made me feel good. What sort of work do you do. I worked in Brisbane for five years, loved QLD.
  13. calmseeker
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    333 posts
    30 March 2020 in reply to Craig m

    That's awesome that you found some nice people to chat with Craig, so happy to hear that :) These forums can be a blessing when we are feeling overwhelmed and lost.

    How have your anxiety levels been today regarding the virus ? If you haven't already found it, there is a great thread in the Staying Well section called 'Coping during the coronavirus outbreak' - there is lots of info and chat and support for us anxious people going on there about this issue.

    I hope the pain and nausea that you mention has been manageable today. You are very brave to deal with that everyday.

    Sending you calm vibes for a peaceful night

    CS

  14. Belinda24
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    10 posts
    12 April 2020 in reply to Craig m

    Hi Craig. I definitely identified with your post. I have constant pain and don't sleep at all til bout 6-7am, then crash til noon. I've never experienced that in my whole life and I'm 70.

    Being awake, and in bed almost 24/7 due to extreme fatigue, I've been overeating big time.

    Am in a ghastly vicious spiral. Got nothing to do, no one to talk to, nowhere to go.

    Am definitely getting depressed

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