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Hi everyone! I'm 24 and from the US and had been struggling with severe depression and anxiety for 4 years before I finally decided to seek help in 2016. After a long and difficult 2 year struggle of tweaking medications, finding healthy outlets to manage my condition, and coming to terms that I didn't have to be embarrassed or ashamed of who I am, I am finally stable and happy (well happier than I've been in a long time). I still have bad days every now and then but I'm finally at the point where I can react and respond to them in a healthier way than drinking it away. I'm on here to help anyone I can because I know how terrifying it is to try to tackle this on your own. I also would love to see what works for you as well and maybe adjust my own ways accordingly. Feel free to message me if you just want to talk!

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Hi I was just wondering what are some of your coping strategies if you have any

So if I feel an episode coming on I try to sit in a low lit room in a comfortable chair. I put a cold wash rag on my neck and biofreeze or icy hot on my chest. Then I suck on an ice cube and in about 10 minutes i start to relax. What really has helped me is that one day a week I have a "Me Day" where I just go to lunch, get a drink, or go to the beach just by myself. It helps me refocus and enjoy myself without having to worry about what someone else might want to do. I don't plan the day I just do what I want to do at that moment.

Thank you I’ll definitely try that

No worries are you on any meds?

No I don’t have the money to go to a doctor right now and I honestly don’t know when I will I’ve been wanting to get help for a long time but I can’t because of financial reasons I’ve been dealing with this by myself for sometime now so it’s nice to know how other people deal with these emotions

There are a lot of state programs that help with this sort of thing. I was in the same boat and my state helped pretty much pay for everything and my meds are only $3.50 for both. All I know is from experience the longer you wait to get help the worse it gets.

Yeah I tried to get help from the state but apparently I make too much money which I guess to them I do but I have a lot of bills and financial responsibilities in my household to a point where I feel trapped because if I take a lesser paying job so I can get help from the state I might not be able to pay my bills so it’s very scary and stressful emotionally at this point i know I need it but I don’t wanna be homeless or have my car taken away

Completely understand try reaching out to organizations like the mighty they might have the resources you need.

Thank you it’s nice knowing I’m not alone

You're not! Feel free to message me whenever you need someone to talk to

Thank you that means so much I feel like people around me just don’t understand

Same it's awesome to talk to people that are going through the same thing. It makes me feel like I'm not alone

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