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  • Aidan
    started a topic Can't talk

    Can't talk

    I physically can't talk. I don't know how else to explain it.
    I'm not having trouble eating or drinking (except I occasionally can't swallow), and I'm not having a problem with words- I mean, I'm writing this, so I can't have, surely.
    I don't have a sore throat or anything. I can still make grunting noises, but that's about it and I sound like a caveman. When I want to talk, it's like...
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  • Hey,

    As much as talking about what we're going through would help with self-harm in an ideal world, for me it was always an urge- no, an impulse- to just go and do it right now. I wouldn't even think of the consequences, or even consider not doing it. It used to just happen.

    Luckily, it isn't something I've been struggling with recently. My feelings are still yo-yo-ing between...
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  • Hi Laura,
    I was bullied loads in primary school, and hated how the teachers used to moan about how I never socialised with anyone. Why should I have? They'd just have hit me. It subsided though in secondary school, because you get put in with lots of people who don't know you and it felt like a fresh start. By now, the bullying and subsequent fear of others had already made me beyond painfully...
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  • Aidan
    replied to Achievements
    Thanks, I'll let you know how it goes when it happens!
    For now, I'm figuring out which boxes need ticking on the application, forgot how frustrating this was last time 😂

    Things are looking hopeful for once
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  • Aidan
    replied to Normality
    Hi Emma,
    I guess some progress is better than none. It's probably because I feel like most of it is down to the antidepressants and has nothing to do with anything I've done myself.

    But I've been reffered to a CBT therapist by my counsellor, so progress might pick up again when that starts.

    I'm okay for me, thanks. Still breathing.
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  • Aidan
    replied to Normality
    No, but I get the impression that it's normal. If you're making quick progress on your depression, it probably isn't depression.
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  • Aidan
    replied to Normality
    Yeah, I'm getting help, but things are only getting better very slowly and it's taking so much effort.
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  • Aidan
    started a topic Normality

    Normality

    This is going to sound daft, but...

    What does it feel like to be normal?

    I know people have their own different definitions of what normal is or isn't, but all I mean is, how does it actually feel, emotionally, physically, whatever, to not be dragged down by anxiety and depression?
    Or any other disorder really?

    I'm in a very bad place mentally right now,...
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  • Instead of starting another thread, I thought this might fit nicely onto this one.

    How does one (who is either just really shy or has social anxiety) fake being confident? 🤔
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  • Aidan
    replied to Achievements
    I e-mailed college (the one I dropped out of last year) explaining my mental issues, and they were suprisingly understanding. They said they'd send me an application pack and said I could discuss any type of support at the pre-entry interview, so it's nice they think I'll even get an interview, I guess.
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  • Basically, no.

    You'd be better off asking a double leg amputee to fake walking....
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  • I suppose I could always pretend to be confident, but that sort of contradicts the 'be your true self' bit. On the otherhand, I can still be myself but maybe go out of my comfort zone more, spending more time at clubs, parties, other social gatherings etc. I've made a start by getting in touch with my old college and seeing if I could re-apply.

    I understand what you're both trying to...
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  • Mental health stigma is strange. In some places, it's virtually non-existant, and in others it's a taboo subject where anyone with OCD or depression or a personality disorder (or anything really, the list is too long) is "crazy".

    The stigma in my schools were overwhelming. It's why I could only come out about my problems after dropping out of college. People with learning difficulties...
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    Last edited by Aidan; 1 week ago.

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  • Yes. Typically, I never wanted to get help (or thought I needed it), my parents and the crisis people made me go to CAMHS after I ended up in hospital after ODing on painkillers.
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  • I honestly have no idea, the symptoms seem to be relevant for me most of my life. Technically speaking though, I've had it a few month now, because psychiatrists.
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  • Depression and social anxiety, yes.

    I just meant I hadn't been diagnosed with anything when school referred me to the doctor's because they suspected autism or something, about 10 years ago now.
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  • Aidan
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    I'll show you a meme...
    Star Wars ❤
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  • Aidan
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    If you were dumb, you'd know what a meme was 😂...
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  • Hi,

    Both- it's always been a problem for me. Even when I was in nursery and primary school, they kept sending me to doctors to be tested for things like autism or asperger's, but never got any diagnosis. I just never feel like I'm close with anyone, and I've got this unshakeable (and admittably irrational) distrust of people I don't know. I wouldn't even be here if I didn't realise it...
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  • Sorry about earlier, I really wasn't in a good mood.

    ​Thanks for the advice both of you. It might be easier for me to meet new people over the interwebs than face-to-face, and I suppose it makes sense to only want to be friends initially, and see where it goes from there. Even if I didn't like them in that​ way, we could still be friends. That said, I'm still probably going to stay...
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