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Discussion in 'Emotional and Mental Health' started by magicmoose, Dec 31, 2018.
Thanks very much ... never heard of that before ... it's amazing ...
I'm sorry to hear you are struggling. I suffer from similar conditions as you and have done for many years, so I've long since given up hope of a cure and just seek to exercise damage limitation.
It's a good idea to take up a new interest, but beware of taking on too much. The volunteering should be something that you feel you would enjoy, not something undertaken as a duty.
I recently joined a community choir and have found that helpful as a way of meeting new people and just having fun. I haven't managed to lose weight yet though, and I badly need to as I'm seriously overweight.
However, no point in beating ourselves over the head, it only makes us feel worse.
I do hope though that you will manage to control your suicidal thoughts. Your life does matter, just as much as anyone else's. You have taken on an extremely worthwhile role as a carer which I know is grossly undervalued by the government - but however willingly you have taken it on, it must be tiring and stressful at times.
I've found Samaritans very helpful when in a similar frame of mind as you are now, also you might want to try elefriends. This is an online discussion forum a bit like this one, only for people with mental health issues. It is run by the national mental health charity, MIND. It is carefully moderated so no danger of receiving any abusive responses.
I'm planning to set just a modest goal for 2019, as previously I have been too ambitious and that makes me feel worse when I fail. So I've decided to try and get a grip on my love affair with chocolate and all sweet things. I'll see where that takes me.
So please please please don't give up, and continue to post on this website so we can offer you support. .
Are you a registered carer? Because there are carers assocciations in most areas, they can help you and the person you care for, bring you in contact with others in the same situation and help you to cope with caring, which can be very hard at times. This would certainly reduce your loneliness, thereby giving you back the incentive to do what is neccessary to get wour own health back in order. Have a look on your county and district sites fore carer support.
I did once have an assessment by social services for being a carer. They were referring me to the support group but I never heard anything. I've been a carer since I was a teenager, so it's always been part of my life.
Thanks. I've never tried the Samaritans. I have used a local charity support line which has been helpful when things have been bad. I do think voluntary work would be good for me. A chance to meet new people and to do something for me. More often than not boredom sees me turn to food which then makes me feel miserable!
Yes, I turn to food when bored, also when under stress. I get a craze on specific brand/types of food [usually chocolate, cake and/or biscuits] which can go on for weeks or even months before I tire of it and move on to something else.
I think keeping busy and away from easy food fixes is probably the best thing. Hopefully voluntary work will help.
I'm going to try yoga. I feel a bit self-conscious going to class the way I look at the moment but I've decided to grasp the nettle in the hope it will help with my stress management.