Hi, my name is Jack. I've suffered anxiety/depression since I was a teenager. It has had quite an impact on my life over the years and I have been hospitalised on psychiatric wards on quite a few occasions. Thankfully I do have periods of remission. I've been enjoying such a period now since around February. I joined the anxiety forum a couple of months ago, at the time my anxiety was very severe and it was making me miserable. I'm not a young man anymore, I'm 45. I've joined this group because I hope to learn how to make good use of it, to keep me on an upward trajectory. I also feel that in the 30 years that I've been dealing with my depressive illness I have perhaps gained some experience that may be of help to those who are perhaps feeling some of the effects of depression for the first time.
I have found tremendous benefit as a member of the anxiety forum, so with a little trepidation I've decided to join this forum too.
I wouldn't say that I'm depressed at the moment, but I am very concerned about the future. I feel like I'm fighting against the clock to sort my life out before I really get old. I don't know if that makes much sense.
I hope to learn as much as I can from this forum and maybe offer some advice or empathy from my own experiences along the way.