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I have never tried online support groups but I need something

I suffer from severe depression anxiety and panic attacks

Sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed

Shower eat or leave the house

I never had this problem until Feb and I don’t know if and when it’s ever going to get better

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Hi Chris and Welcome! I think you will be pleased that you came to this forum. There are a lot of wonderful, caring people here who understand what you're going through and have been exactly where you are now. And some that are there with you now. Day to day is a struggle for me right now too, but we have to try each day to push yourselves just a little ( baby steps if needed) to live our lives even though it takes a lot of energy some times.

Did something happen in February that triggered this for you? Did you suffer with anxiety, depression, panic attacks before that? Are you on any medications? I ask a lot questions, huh? 😊

Things WILL get better, you have to fight against it and try to stay as positive as you can. If you'd like to talk, I'm here for you.

Love and light to you.

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A five year relationship ended in February and that’s when everything started for me

I never had anything before that

I am on day 12 starting meds Lexapro

Hasn’t helped at all yet

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Don’t get to discouraged over your anxiety and depression. You have the answer to why it happened. Now all you need to work on is coping strategies. Things get better. It just takes time. February was not that long ago.

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Days drag and I feel like I just try and make it through the day to go to sleep and start all over again

I just feel stuck

I have no motivation

Simple tasks are such a struggle now

What coping strategies do you use

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I was agoraphobic for 14 years of my life. I didn’t leave the house. I don’t have a job or even a drivers license. I live with my parents. I am almost forty and will be homeless when my parents are gone. I cope by enjoying what I have now before the poop hits the fan.

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I'm sorry to hear about your break up. I know it can be heartbreaking when a long term relationship ends. It's only been 3 months, remember you are grieving a loss and that takes time. Be nice to yourself, try and do something you enjoy. Maybe a new hobby, something you've always wanted to do but never have, would help give you something to focus on. It helps to stay busy. I know motivation is a problem, but keep trying and give your yourself credit when you do. Have you tried writing your feeling down? That helps me some times. Something else I've started doing lately is writing down at least one thing I'm grateful for every day. When you feel down it's easy to focus on all the negatives, so it helps to remind ourselves of the positive things in our life.

I take lexapro too. It takes 6-8 weeks to feel the full effects of most antidepressants. So, don't give up on it just yet.

You can get through this, you are stronger than you think. It will get better and you deserve to be happy so keep focusing on yourself.

Here's wishing you a better day than yesterday. 😊

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Hi Chris - I just started on Lexapro 15mg myself this morning. I had been on it before a number one years ago. It worked then. You have bear with it for a couple of weeks before it kicks in. It ain’t magic but it should lift your mood and decrease the anxiety. Mick

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Yes I would love to chat I need any support I can get

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One question I always ask, do you drink a lot of caffeine? If you answered yes, this could be a lot of why your anxiety is still at upbeat pace. Mine started in June of last year, and I've taken myself off any and all caffeine and no hot drinks in summer. I still have a little anxiety but not as bad I don't think I'm dying on a daily.

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Feel free to message me when ever you want. I'm a good listener, at least that's what everyone tells me.

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How am I able to just message you?

Sorry I’m a little clueless on here

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If you go to someone's page there's a message button on the top right side. And you get your messages in your inbox which is on the top left side....the two chat bubbles.

You've got mail😊

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Hey Cris welcome to the world of love and care

One of the greatest things about the support groups are that they are anonymous and we can be comfortable to talk about our deepest and darkest feelings and secrets and we don’t have fear being judged or laughed at

For me I have been suffering from depression and anxiety PTSD and most probably bipolar since as young as I could remember my sobriety date is July 20 606

My life is a roller coaster but having a therapist and a support system will definitely help you

Learn what will relax you and soothe you

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I had a major job loss in August of last year, I am still getting back on my feet. I went through divorce in 2009 and it took at least a year to get back up from that, with major panic attacks and insomnia, depression, despair. These major life stressors take a lot of time. It’s a process. What I’m finding works for me- join a support group for me that is codependents anonymous, Work the program including the workbook and steps, reach out to family and friends let them know my struggle, go out and do things such as hang out at the pool, sunshine is vital as well as fresh air, exercise, maintain an active spiritual life, prayer, worship, journaling my feelings. I’ve gone through 4 college rule notebooks, music, relaxing I’m not alone, knowing this too shall pass, medication when needed, youtube others and what works for them, Therapy! I’ve down double therapy- I recommend Carl Benedict, he has a Youtube channel and a website. I talk with him on the weekend. That’s basically everything I do, as you can see it takes a lot of different things done at the same time. Recovery is full time.

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Getting meds and talking to people make it a lot better!

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The mindfulness solution by Ronald Siegel, and Mindfulness based stress reduction has been very helpful for me.

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I just wanted to say hello and welcome Chris! I am so sorry for your loss. I understand and went through a breakup a long time ago from my college sweetheart. I was devastated and it took me years to recover. I'm slow and sentimental in recovery.

I wanted to share a book with you that was helpful in my recovery. The journey from Abandonment to Healing" by Susan Anderson.Be kind to yourself. You are grieving. My heart goes out to you.

😻 Ayla-Kat

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I’m sorry for what you are going through

Trust me I understand

Every day I feel like a zombie and am not good enough

I just try and get through the day to go to sleep and start the day all over again

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