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Please help, I'm new to this site as of this evening. Thank you.

I am only coming to terms with my mothers murder that happened nearly 15 years ago as I was a small toddler when she died. My step father killed her. I suffer from severe depression and panic attacks, anxiety and complete lack of sleep. I get scared when I leave the house every morning for work and I try to be happy but I'm simply not and I need help on what to do ... As I feel I make everyone else unhappy and that's the last thing I want to do.

Six weeks before my mum died, my uncle died which was my mums brother in a motorbike accident as well as I remember more if him than I do my own mother, I miss them both so much.

My step father pushed my mum off a cliff and he took myself and my brother to that cliff the day before her death. That might have affected me as I remember that day so well. I have suffered with depression from around 9 or 10 years old. I have panic attacks with my family ... Knowing if they are safe, as my grandparents(on my mums side) looked after me when my mum died and if anything happened to them... I wouldn't be able to cope. My grandad has already had a stroke and that was unbearable having to watch him go through that and not being able to help him.

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Hi Michelle, and welcome. You've certainly come to the right place if you're looking for helpful advice from lovely people. I can't even begin to imagine the enormity of what you've been through, and I'm not going to try. Can I ask what help and support you've had so far? What makes you think you make everyone unhappy? Has anyone ever told you this? Sometimes we can let negative thoughts about ourselves multiply and before we know it, we're allowing ourselves to believe all sorts of things. I'm sure you've not upset anyone x

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Hi Michelle welcome to the site. That's a very hard thing to cope with,

All I can suggest is to go to GP and explain everything. I'm sure there is some

Kind of counselling he could suggest for you.

This is a good Forum for support and we would all have felt like

You have at some stage.

Hopefully we will get to know you and see how we can support you.

Hannah

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Hi Hannah that's very kind of you, thank you I appreciate you speaking to me.

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I have booked a doctors appointment for Monday evening so I will try and take what you've said and talk to the GP about it

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Hi Lucy, I've got to counselling, I've spoken to doctors, my aunt who was my mums sister is a clinical physiologist says I might need some further help, but I just feel like I'm burdening people. I try to be this happy, bubbly person, but I feel I bring moods down with friends and family and I'm terrified of going out. So I feel like its best to stay away sometimes. I hope I haven't upset anyone I try my hardest to make people happy instead of myself. I try so hard to stay positive as I don't want my mums death to be for nothing as I know I would not be alive had it been for that horrible day all them years ago.

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Hi Michelle,

When we are Depressed we think we are a nuisance , but I'm sure it's

Not true. I know what you mean by trying to please other people, I tend

To do that and I find it hard to give the same love and compassion to

Myself.

Michelle please don't worry and it's natural to be upset over

What happened, so don't be hard on yourself.

Hugs

Hannah

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You DESERVE help with this . You are not a nuisance. You say it "might" have affected you. Being led to a cliff and then knowing that your own mother was murdered, pushed off the cliff the next day WILL have affected you enormously and you deserve all the help you can get with this. Please push for some effective counselling to help you deal with this terrible trauma and loss.

Gemma X

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Hi Michelle

Welcome to the forum.

That's awful so sorry to hear that. I don't want to go into details but did you see anything that has affected you?

How long have you struggled with depression? Do you know what brings on the panic attacks?

I hope you're getting help/support as you come to terms with this.

James

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Thank you James for your kind words

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I'm so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine how you must feel and how you have handled it so far but although you may not see it, you have a lot of strength. Have you tried seeking counselling or seeing your doctor for any support as i think that would be the right support for you.

Best wishes,

Kat

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Thank you Kat and I have gone through counselling and speaking to my GP but I'm giving it another go on Monday! Thank you for your kind message

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Yeah, I noticed that you had made a response after I had posted. My bad, I didn't read all the way down. I really feel for you. I really hope that speaking to your doctor on Monday is helpful, as you deserve all the support that can be offered. Would it help if you contacted the Samaritans? samaritans.org. When I was dealing with a recent loss, I found it very easy to talk to them because of the way I was feeling. It helped to have someone whom I could actually talk to when the grief was causing me to feel completely..unhinged. I really do wish you the best, I hope that you receive support.=)

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My step father pushed my mum off a cliff and he took myself and my brother to that cliff the day before her death. That might have affected me as I remember that day so well. I have suffered with depression from around 9 or 10 years old. I have panic attacks with my family ... Knowing if they are safe, as my grandparent looked after me when my mum died and if anything happened to them... I wouldn't be able to cope. My grandad has already had a stroke and that was unbearable having to watch him go through that and not being able to help him, thank you James for your kind message

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That's awful. I'm so sorry. It is perfectably understandable that you panic about the whereabouts and safety of yur family. It sounds like you've been through a lot. I really hope that you are able to get the support you need.

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Thank you Kat, I feel old before my time I have to say. But thank you and I hope your are okay too !

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Lol, I feel like I'm playing round-robin with the replies.

You've been through so much for someone so young, I know that many wouldn't be able to handle it with such strength (I know I wouldn't!) =)

As for pleasing people, I know how that goes. I'm so eager to please people and I constantly worry about what other people think. It's hard work, and you just keep going round and round in circles. Maybe ( I know it is so very hard!) you should take time to focus on yourself, and try to find something that makes you happy.

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Perhaps you need to redirect your focus away from constantly worrying about what other people are thinking, and towards how you're feeling. Trying hard to be something you're clearly not is bloody hard work and you'll never win that battle. You can pretend to feel better, or you can get the right treatment so that you actually do. It certainly sounds as if some kind of talking therapy would be useful for you. CBT maybe. Why don't you go and see your GP again? In the meantime, stay around and get to know us all; we're a friendly bunch! X

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Thank you Lucy for your kind words, GP appointment this Monday I will let you and everyone know how that went if that's okay?

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Good Michelle I think that would really help. Let us know how you are

And how you get on.

Hannah x

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Thank you Hannah , I will x

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Michelle try not to please people too much. It's an impossible job. It's a job where you'll always be striving to do it and always questioning if you've done it, even when you have. It would be good to focus on Michelle and make her happy because I guarantee a happy Michelle goes a long way in making those around her happy

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I will try James, as I have for a long time but I will continue to do so. It's very difficult too. I just don't understand how people can be so happy sometimes....Thank you for speaking to me this evening it's been really helpful so far with everyone comments!

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Hi Michelle nice to meet you and welcome to the site. I can't begin either to understand how you must feel, it is horrendous. You have had a very bad deal in life so far, but it will get better I promise you. Have hope for the future. Stay with us here and we will support and help you all we can. Take care xx

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That's a lovely message thank you and I definitely will, so far every one has been so kind and thoughtful... Feel I don't deserve such nice friendly open people! :)

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wow , such a tragic past , I feel so bad for you .. what happens in early life affects most of us for the rest of our lives ..I wish I could offer some real advice but the truth is most of us cope day to day as best we can xx

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Hi Michelle,

You shouldn't worry about being a nuisance as you need and deserve help with this. You're not a nuisance at all, you sound like a lovely person who has been through a very difficult and distressing time. It's not your fault.

Not really much more I can add apart from seconding everything everyone else has said. I think you will find it cathartic if you talk things through with someone.

Gentle hugs,

wanderingwallflower xx

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Hi Michelle

You had a hard time losing two people who you were close to when you were so young, and it must be particularly difficult to know your father was responsible for your mother's death because that means you lost him as a 'good' father too and instead I imagine he became a bad person to you. I was thinking, when I read your post, about how as you were a toddler when all this happened you can have had very few memories from that time. However you still feel a sense of loss. I think what you feel a loss of is not the particular people but the loss of being cared for, of having 'good' parents - even if they were not perfect before the deaths. I was also thinking about PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and how for a child, especially a very young child, the loss of everything familiar and in particular familiar people, is very stressful. You will not just have felt the loss of the people though that loss will be there, but you will have felt the loss of the world as you knew it, and that is traumatic for any one and very traumatic for a young child. You say you became depressed at the age of 8 or 9 and I am wondering what happened to you then? You say you were looked after by your grandparents and my guess is that you identified with their sense of trauma and grief which will have amplified your own. I wonder how you coped between being a toddler and when you became depressed? You do not say whether you have had any form of counselling of therapy, nor whether you are able to form stable and happy intimate relationships, in other words whether you are able to trust. Sometimes when we lose people we depend upon very early in life it is difficult to trust again and how to move on from your depression depends upon whether you are able to trust within an intimate relationships now. It sounds from what you have written as though your grandparents have become emotionally like parents to you and that now you fear a repetition of the trauma of losing both your parents emotionally as a toddler. There are various ways you can be helped to overcome your sense of loss. I would suggest that you talk briefly with your GP about needing to resolve the loss of your parents when you were a toddler and ask him to refer you for psychotherapy. He may suggest CBT but although that MAY enable you to cope a little better with the depression, unresolved grief does not usually benefit in the long term from that approach. Eye movement desensitisation can be helpful in resolving trauma from the past (which the loss will have been) and psychodynamic psychotherapy is also very suitable - I qualified within that form of therapy and helped many people overcome an early sense of loss.

Suexx

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Thank you use for your very kind response, my grandad had been very ill most of his life and I feel I have only made it worse with the stress of putting up with another generation. I will talk to my GP about it Monday thank you. When I was 8-9 I went to a families house for a week and my nan couldn't get too me as it was abit far and I had my first panic attack as though I wasn't going to see them again, of course I did. But I cannot with another loss to my family. It would be devastating

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How did you get on at the GPs? I hope it was helpful. x

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