Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Corazon de Leon » Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:27 am

Sorry to hear that mate, it's a really rough thing to have to deal with for both your GF and you as someone who's just been kind of thrown into the whole situation. Hopefully things ease up a bit, but I'd certainly be trying to get out for walks and avoid the people of London as much as you can. Being stuck in a house will drive you mental in the best of times, let alone just now.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Qikz » Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:31 am

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Qikz wrote:Sorry about the above I freaked out and I'm wondering if it might've been the onset of a panic attack or something (I've never had one before). I feel colder again now and in my house it is pretty chilly so hopefully we're good. I just had a slice of bread and im sitting with a big glass of water for a bit to chill out.


I know you're trying to avoid leaving your home for other than getting food but would really recommend going for a walk/jog every day.

Physical exercise does wonders for mental health and sounds like you might have worried yourself sick.

If you're watching 24 hour TV BBC/Sky news whilst working from home, I'd avoid that too. Constant news coverage on the same subject is enough to stress out anyone.


Would echo this. Physical activity/mental health is part of my professional field - you're likely to feel a bit better just for getting some air/steps in once a day (or even once every two days if it really doesn't seem appealing). Would also recommend not spending too much time looking at the news. Individual data points really tell us very little. What I'm doing is checking back every 5-6 days to see how the trend has progressed. I did the lock-inside thing for just under two weeks when this started kicking off (as I had a large number of the symptoms. I've now not had taste or smell for weeks), and it was awful. I feel so much better now I'm exercising/checking the news less often.


I've been using my ring fit for physical activity so that's good and I've got good airflow in my house at least. I've not been reading the news 24 hours. It's just really weird because I haven't necessarily felt worried, I think it was the fact I suddenly felt really hot that scared me and made it worse. I've spoken to Aaron and he thought it may be an anxiety attack as well and it could be related to the fact I've come back to work today (admittedly working from home, but its not like I was thrilled about it!)

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by SandyCoin » Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:00 pm

Corazon de Leon wrote:Sorry to hear that mate, it's a really rough thing to have to deal with for both your GF and you as someone who's just been kind of thrown into the whole situation. Hopefully things ease up a bit, but I'd certainly be trying to get out for walks and avoid the people of London as much as you can. Being stuck in a house will drive you mental in the best of times, let alone just now.


Yeah, I'll try a big walk later on. I'll just stay logged into my work network as tbh I really don't give a gooseberry fool about it right now.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Outrunner » Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:38 pm

I think lockdown has finally broken me. I have to force myself out of bed, I nap all the time to avoid having to deal with all of this. Today I just keep crying. I've not felt this lonely for ages and I just can't see an end to this lockdown and I can't see the point in doing anything.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Banjo » Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:45 pm

What is it in particular that's been taking a toll on you? I've been getting really bad myself lately, the lack of real contact with other people is making me feel increasingly isolated and lonely. Is there anything we can do to help?

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by False » Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:47 pm

I recall you had some intervention a while back? do you still have any crisis numbers or support workers?

my nurse has been in touch with me making sure Im alright and giving me support numbers and stuff, doesnt make any physical change but nice to hear from someone at least

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Outrunner » Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:16 pm

It's the isolation. I live alone, aside from video chat/online lectures I don't see anyone. Online lectures are fine, they give me structure but are obviously impersonal. Video chat is fine. But then everyone I'm chatting with is living with someone, I can see families and stuff in the background and it just reminds me how alone I am. And then the video chat ends and it's somehow all worse because I'm back to being alone.

The local RSPCA has reopened pet adoptions (obviously taking into account social distancing to some degree) and I'm so tempted to get a dog. But then I realise it's an extremely selfish, self-centred thing to do. I'm lonely, get a dog! Once this has all blown over I'll be back at uni (in the autumn) and I may be studying over in Japan for a year. Yes my parents could look after a dog during this time but it doesn't seem fair on the dog or my parents.

I was assigned a mental health nurse a few years ago but was deemed well enough not to need further support a while back. So I have my GP and any counselling I can scrape together but since it's always CBT they push me towards and I don't find that helpful I tend not to bother.

I'm not sure what would help to be honest. A dog. Or a holiday. Or seeing my family. But they aren't on the cards. I may be feeling low but I'm not going to put my family at risk. I'm sure I'll be fine but I'm not sure how to snap out of it in the here and now.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Green Gecko » Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:52 pm

I'm supposed to be doing this online "silver cloud" CBT thing with "limited clinical support" whatever that means. It's better than nothing but my family is helping with counselling, I have ASD specific counselling as well, I haven't met them yet.

That it takes 4 entire months to get anything in place is absurd but I hope it helps. I may or not report back.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Curls » Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:39 pm

Outrunner wrote:It's the isolation. I live alone, aside from video chat/online lectures I don't see anyone. Online lectures are fine, they give me structure but are obviously impersonal. Video chat is fine. But then everyone I'm chatting with is living with someone, I can see families and stuff in the background and it just reminds me how alone I am. And then the video chat ends and it's somehow all worse because I'm back to being alone.

The local RSPCA has reopened pet adoptions (obviously taking into account social distancing to some degree) and I'm so tempted to get a dog. But then I realise it's an extremely selfish, self-centred thing to do. I'm lonely, get a dog! Once this has all blown over I'll be back at uni (in the autumn) and I may be studying over in Japan for a year. Yes my parents could look after a dog during this time but it doesn't seem fair on the dog or my parents.

I was assigned a mental health nurse a few years ago but was deemed well enough not to need further support a while back. So I have my GP and any counselling I can scrape together but since it's always CBT they push me towards and I don't find that helpful I tend not to bother.

I'm not sure what would help to be honest. A dog. Or a holiday. Or seeing my family. But they aren't on the cards. I may be feeling low but I'm not going to put my family at risk. I'm sure I'll be fine but I'm not sure how to snap out of it in the here and now.


My advice? Get the dog, don't worry about the future until it's here. The dog could make you feel considerably better these next few months? So buy yourself a friend.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Outrunner » Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:44 pm

Curls wrote:My advice? Get the dog, don't worry about the future until it's here. The dog could make you feel considerably better these next few months? So buy yourself a friend.


Thanks, I'll have another look on the website and give it some thought.

Also sorry for the self-pitying post. I'm still not feeling great but better than I was, I think I needed to vent but I know some people here are suffering more than I am so sorry for going a bit OTT.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Drumstick » Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:42 pm

No need for apologies, Outrunner.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by ITSMILNER » Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:01 pm

I’m starting to struggle with this lockdown now, at first it was a novelty and felt fine but now it feels like it’s never going to end and I have a weird ‘claustrophobic’ feeling.

I go for a long walk every day to help clear my head but it’s now starting to effect my working from home (can’t focus on anything) and I just feel really lethargic all the time.

I had just started dating a really nice girl before this all started, we are virtual dating once a week but it’s not the same. I’m worried it will lead to things fizzling out.

I miss going to the gym, I was doing really well and put on a lot of size but I’ve dropped a stone in the last 6 weeks and that makes me feel gooseberry fool too.

Sorry, just needed to vent, I really hope this ends soon.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by aayl1 » Fri May 01, 2020 9:40 am

ITSMILNER wrote:I’m starting to struggle with this lockdown now, at first it was a novelty and felt fine but now it feels like it’s never going to end and I have a weird ‘claustrophobic’ feeling.

I go for a long walk every day to help clear my head but it’s now starting to effect my working from home (can’t focus on anything) and I just feel really lethargic all the time.

I had just started dating a really nice girl before this all started, we are virtual dating once a week but it’s not the same. I’m worried it will lead to things fizzling out.

I miss going to the gym, I was doing really well and put on a lot of size but I’ve dropped a stone in the last 6 weeks and that makes me feel gooseberry fool too.

Sorry, just needed to vent, I really hope this ends soon.


No need to apologise! Hope typing it out helped somewhat.

Re: the girl - I'd recommend you talk to her that you're worried about things fizzling out because of the lockdown (and that those worries come from the fact you like her and don't want them to fizzle out.). I'm sure she'll feel the same and will reassure you that she still wants to hang after this is done. I mean, it's not like she's able to do other stuff that will potentially turn her away from you in this timeframe, eh?

Anywho, this is my go to advice these days for everyone, so sorry if I sound like a broken record, but I'd thoroughly recommend looking into meditation! It's really helped make my life an easier place to live in for the past year or so I've been doing it seriously.

This post from the "quitting weed" subreddit (of all places) is what helped me get into it, and I'd recommend the book "meditation for fidgety skeptics" as further reading if you did fancy getting a bit more into it.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Vermilion » Fri May 01, 2020 9:47 am

ITSMILNER wrote:Sorry, just needed to vent, I really hope this ends soon.


Don't apologise, this thread is here to help us vent when we need to.

I know how you're feeling too, i haven't been able to meet up with friends since early march now, and the isolation really does start messing with your head.

Hang in there, hopefully it won't be for too much longer.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Rocsteady » Fri May 01, 2020 12:46 pm

ITSMILNER wrote:I’m starting to struggle with this lockdown now, at first it was a novelty and felt fine but now it feels like it’s never going to end and I have a weird ‘claustrophobic’ feeling.

I go for a long walk every day to help clear my head but it’s now starting to effect my working from home (can’t focus on anything) and I just feel really lethargic all the time.

I had just started dating a really nice girl before this all started, we are virtual dating once a week but it’s not the same. I’m worried it will lead to things fizzling out.

I miss going to the gym, I was doing really well and put on a lot of size but I’ve dropped a stone in the last 6 weeks and that makes me feel gooseberry fool too.

Sorry, just needed to vent, I really hope this ends soon.

Re the gym, have you had a look in the fitness thread? Theres a bunch of pretty effective home workouts in there.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by False » Thu May 07, 2020 11:02 am

been dreaming about merking myself again

very weird experience to actually have that kind of gooseberry fool in your dreams

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by kerr9000 » Fri May 08, 2020 10:03 pm

I am having mild anger issues, with the clapping and VE day and everyone trying to have this happy sort of attitude, I'm pissed off and mad and find the fake happiness annoying and just want to go do you realise how many people have died, how many people are suffering stop it with the happy hour BS.....

Maybe some of it's a bit of my PTSD rearing it's head again.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Dual » Fri May 08, 2020 10:04 pm

kerr9000 wrote:I am having mild anger issues, with the clapping and VE day and everyone trying to have this happy sort of attitude, I'm pissed off and mad and find the fake happiness annoying and just want to go do you realise how many people have died, how many people are suffering stop it with the happy hour BS.....

Maybe some of it's a bit of my PTSD rearing it's head again.


I feel exactly the same way mate. I've just had enough now.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Somebody Else's Problem » Fri May 08, 2020 10:24 pm

kerr9000 wrote:I am having mild anger issues, with the clapping and VE day and everyone trying to have this happy sort of attitude, I'm pissed off and mad and find the fake happiness annoying and just want to go do you realise how many people have died, how many people are suffering stop it with the happy hour BS.....

Maybe some of it's a bit of my PTSD rearing it's head again.


Meanwhile, I don't deny others happiness just because I deny it to myself.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by kerr9000 » Fri May 08, 2020 10:34 pm

Dual wrote:
kerr9000 wrote:I am having mild anger issues, with the clapping and VE day and everyone trying to have this happy sort of attitude, I'm pissed off and mad and find the fake happiness annoying and just want to go do you realise how many people have died, how many people are suffering stop it with the happy hour BS.....

Maybe some of it's a bit of my PTSD rearing it's head again.


I feel exactly the same way mate. I've just had enough now.


Thanks chap I'm glad someone else gets it.

And Somebody I don't have an issue with real happiness it's all the false rubbish people smiling and going oh isent Boris doing such a good job , look at everyone clapping this lovlyness will continue forever past the virus, no it won't 99 percent of people will be wishing each other dead the second this is over, you can smell the fake over the real it's sickening..... Real happiness is lovely to see.

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