Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions

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by aayl1 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:08 pm

Good advice Karl!

If it helps OUtrunner I'm also terrible at languages, but picked up Japanese fairly easily. Speaking and Listening is actually pretty easy comparitively. Reading and writing is the hard part.

No future tense! No verb conjugations* ! Put words into a sentence in any order and it still makes sense! All the vocab is basically caveman-language (snot = "nose-water") etc.

*(for I/you/he etc. There's conjugations for questions and past tense but they're easy)

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Minty14 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:09 pm

Counter words though :dread:

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Outrunner » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:24 pm

Thanks guys, I've been in touch with the university and they got back to me within the hour, I really can't fault my experiences with the university, they've always been really supportive and quick to reply. I was a bit nervous transferring departments this year but they seem just as on the ball as the Department for Lifelong Learning.

Anyway, I've got a plan (A) where I try Japanese for a few weeks and if I don't take to it/find it too stressful I can switch modules.

aayl1: I know some (like a tiny handful) of phrases, I've learnt enough so I can be polite whenever I've been over to Japan and thought of learning more (spoken) Japanese is quite exciting, it's the reading and writing that I'm worried about the most, having to learn all the hiragana and katakana as well as the kanji seems pretty daunting. At least with my current plan I'm giving it a go. If it doesn't work out I'd probably look at some other way of learning that doesn't affect my university grades. I'm determined one way or another to learn some more Japanese this year.

Anyway, thanks again for the advice and encouragement, it really does help

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by aayl1 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:46 pm

Minty14 wrote:Counter words though :dread:


Haha yes. I just remembered the "tsu" one and used it for everything.

Outrunner wrote:Thanks guys, I've been in touch with the university and they got back to me within the hour, I really can't fault my experiences with the university, they've always been really supportive and quick to reply. I was a bit nervous transferring departments this year but they seem just as on the ball as the Department for Lifelong Learning.

Anyway, I've got a plan (A) where I try Japanese for a few weeks and if I don't take to it/find it too stressful I can switch modules.

aayl1: I know some (like a tiny handful) of phrases, I've learnt enough so I can be polite whenever I've been over to Japan and thought of learning more (spoken) Japanese is quite exciting, it's the reading and writing that I'm worried about the most, having to learn all the hiragana and katakana as well as the kanji seems pretty daunting. At least with my current plan I'm giving it a go. If it doesn't work out I'd probably look at some other way of learning that doesn't affect my university grades. I'm determined one way or another to learn some more Japanese this year.

Anyway, thanks again for the advice and encouragement, it really does help


You'll get hiragana and katakana down in no time at all. As those are purely phonetic they'll sink in as you see them over and over.

It's Kanji that's the bugger (plus there's two completely different ways to pronounce each Kanji depending on whether they're next to another Kanji or not!) as you don't see them that often but I got by remembering the most common ones. There's loads of great resources and as Kanji is so particular and relies a bit on rote learning this is where the "not being a language person" can actually be an advantage.

All the best - you'll be fine! I really didn't put the effort in learning Japanese as much as my classmates and while I regret that slightly and could have gotten better grades my Japanese was passable enough to live there comfortably for a couple of years.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Lotus » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:51 am

Sounds like a great course Outrunner. I was reading a while ago about a course called Japanese Studies at SOAS, I wish I'd done that at university - it sounds perfect for me. Oh well :lol:

As for your dilemma, it sounds like you've made a good move with contacting the university and checking your options. But what I'd say is, don't be too intimidated with the Japanese. I'm by no means 'good' at Japanese - I have enough to get by over there on holiday and that's about it - but I found learning hiragana and katakana one of the easier bits, and there are some good apps and such out there to help with revision and testing. Also, it's different when you want to learn a language and have an interest in it, compared to when you're forced to learn a langauage that you often have no real interest in (i.e. at school).

Given you've been to Japan plenty of times, you'll be familiar with a lot of words, sounds, and concepts, so that will help too. It sounds like a great opportunity, and I'd say go for it!

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Bunni » Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:43 pm

Bloods came back normal so while it’s great it’s not my tumour playing up, I’m now faced with the grim reality that it is stress, and headed for depression.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Corazon de Leon » Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:41 pm

Bunni wrote:Bloods came back normal so while it’s great it’s not my tumour playing up, I’m now faced with the grim reality that it is stress, and headed for depression.


The hoops you've been having to jump through recently certainly can't be helping. When all that is over, take it as easy as you can for a bit, for strawberry float's sake.

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by Victor Mildew » Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:28 pm

File this one under anxiety:

I've been having really bad upper body aches and pains in my stomache, back and chest for going on 4 weeks now, which had got so bad that I was awake most of the night last weekend nearly in tears with what felt like a heart attack. It comes and goes but I'm in some sort of discomfort at all times, but I can curb most of it with ibuprofen I've had a phone consultation with my doctor (i had to register, wait and so on). He's got me going in for a blood test tomorrow to start off seeing what the hell it could be becuase it doesn't, match anything specific. Just quietly bricking it that it may turn up something like cancer.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Zilnad » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:00 pm

That sounds worse than anything I've experienced myself but I have had plenty of anxiety related chest pains in the past that have made me think "heart attack".

Hopefully the blood test will come back with good news and I hope your pain eases off.

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by Karl_ » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:29 pm

@Victor: You're doing the right thing getting it checked out. That kind of pain can be brought on by anxiety/stress, and also by altering your activity level (e.g. posture and muscle tone changing during lockdown). But it's well worth having a doctor take a look just in case, and you'll be in good hands now having that blood test, so try to trust them & put it out of your mind (easier said than done I know!).

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Victor Mildew » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:41 pm

Cheers guys, I just had a full blown "oh strawberry float what if I don't wake up what have I done". I just want to know what's going on (obviously) and if it's ever going to stop.

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by Lagamorph » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:48 am

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After the first week of taking it I've absolutely noticed an improvement (and my family have noticed as well) though I'm still not quite 'normal'. I do think I'm still improving though, so will see how things go over the next 4 weeks of medication and ongoing CBT.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Green Gecko » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:32 pm

Victor Mildew wrote:Cheers guys, I just had a full blown "oh strawberry float what if I don't wake up what have I done". I just want to know what's going on (obviously) and if it's ever going to stop.

Have you just gone back to office?

My partner's been really struggling and needed a bit of extra emotional support, putting to bed, talking etc because that's hit her really hard after WFH for months. This is physically as well. Completely and utterly drained, sleeping by 8pm etc. She said she felt like crap.

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by Victor Mildew » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:42 pm

Green Gecko wrote:
Victor Mildew wrote:Cheers guys, I just had a full blown "oh strawberry float what if I don't wake up what have I done". I just want to know what's going on (obviously) and if it's ever going to stop.

Have you just gone back to office?

My partner's been really struggling and needed a bit of extra emotional support, putting to bed, talking etc because that's hit her really hard after WFH for months. This is physically as well. Completely and utterly drained, sleeping by 8pm etc. She said she felt like crap.


No I'm still working from home. It's still aching on and off, I've managed to not take anything for it through the day but I had to take a few tablets before bed last night because i was really uncomfortable and I wouldn't have been able to sleep. Had the blood test yesterday so ill probably ring them Friday morning to see if there's an update (doctor said it would be 24/48hrs).

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by Green Gecko » Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:01 pm

OK well, I hope you feel better soon. I hate sleep disruption. Actually I woke up at about 5am this morning but just about managed to get through the horrible restless legs I wake up with as a consequence.

Need to get to work because add "GR time" and my day is pretty much already gone :shifty:

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by Victor Mildew » Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:59 pm

Cheers. At least if I die I can go happy knowing I've brought joy to the world :toot:

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by Trelliz » Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:37 pm

Everything's a bit gooseberry fool really, isn't it?

On the one hand, I've got a job I enjoy which I have been lucky enough to continue to do while working from home which is something a vast number of people don't have, I live in my own house, have the time and space to engage in hobbies and i'm getting married soon to a wonderful woman, but its hard to stay positive when everything else is going to absolute gooseberry fool. The world is increasingly literally on fire, ice caps melting, politicians openly lie and act like shitlords, laughing all the way to the bank and despite the clear obviousness of their shittiness, never seem to get their comeuppance. A global pandemic shows no signs of going away, further propelled on by individual stupidity, the aforementioned shitlords for various reasons and the increasing tide of medieval-like superstition and fear through bizarre and utterly horrific conspiracy gooseberry fool bursting into the mainstream.

I've been keeping myself in escapist activities like warhammer, videogames, TV series etc but that can only bring the blissful wool over my eyes for so long before being wrenched back to reality by the real-time horror show of any news broadcast/article. Hearing about all this stuff day after day makes me hope for an asteroid to come down and finish us off because at this point that's probably the best option.

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by Kezzer » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:41 pm

amen brother

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by Karl_ » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:03 pm

Yeah, I feel that exact anxiety. You get caught in a constant fight-or-flight response you can't do anything about, because you can see the danger coming but there is obviously no way you as an individual person can avoid or change it.

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by Curls » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:06 pm

Trelliz wrote:Everything's a bit gooseberry fool really, isn't it?

On the one hand, I've got a job I enjoy which I have been lucky enough to continue to do while working from home which is something a vast number of people don't have, I live in my own house, have the time and space to engage in hobbies and i'm getting married soon to a wonderful woman, but its hard to stay positive when everything else is going to absolute gooseberry fool. The world is increasingly literally on fire, ice caps melting, politicians openly lie and act like shitlords, laughing all the way to the bank and despite the clear obviousness of their shittiness, never seem to get their comeuppance. A global pandemic shows no signs of going away, further propelled on by individual stupidity, the aforementioned shitlords for various reasons and the increasing tide of medieval-like superstition and fear through bizarre and utterly horrific conspiracy gooseberry fool bursting into the mainstream.

I've been keeping myself in escapist activities like warhammer, videogames, TV series etc but that can only bring the blissful wool over my eyes for so long before being wrenched back to reality by the real-time horror show of any news broadcast/article. Hearing about all this stuff day after day makes me hope for an asteroid to come down and finish us off because at this point that's probably the best option.



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