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Advice to your younger self

Posted 20th October 2017 at 23:04 by indigo777

This question often comes up quite regularly on anxiety forums "What advice would you give your younger self?" Its a hard one. I try not to go for the more pessimistic one of killing myself to stop future pain. Of course this is still dependant of what happens but at the moment to say my future looks bleak is a huge understatement and the last 30 years have been pretty shit as well. This is not depression talking whatever people may say. Lots of life is shit and does get worse. There...
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Symptoms of Depression

Posted 6th August 2017 at 22:58 by indigo777

1. Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

What? Yes, Where am I? Up shit creek most of the time. My memory is not so good any more. I forget things or care.

2. Fatigue and decreased energy

Yes, I feel exhausted now and dont go out much. I have become much more avoidant and often dont speak to other people for weeks.

3. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

Of course I am guilty,...
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Reality Check

Posted 14th June 2017 at 19:53 by indigo777

"A common approach shy individuals will take to overcome their anxiousness is take on some big social challenge like going to a singleís bar or walking up to a model-esque woman and striking up a conversation. The problem with this approach is that if you fail to smoothly socialize, you just reinforce the narrative in your head that youíre shy and awkward, that you canít change, that socializing is threatening, and that the only way to get rid of those threatening feelings is to avoid socializing...
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Fear Hierarchy

Posted 3rd May 2017 at 17:27 by indigo777

While reading about therapy for anxiety I keep coming across fear hierarchy lists. Basically these are lists of things you avoid in order of terror and anxiety. You can even have separate ones for fear of being the centre of attention, fear of public speaking and fear of speaking to certain people like attractive ones. I could probably do 57 lists, however I thought I would do one and combine them.

1. First it has to be speaking in front of a large group of people, not surprising...
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Motivationally Challenged

Posted 7th April 2017 at 12:51 by indigo777

I wonder how you get motivated when you are lying in the gutter. I just donít understand. A lot of life is shit and loads of people have jobs they hate which causes them never ending stress and anxiety so the concept that everyone can have a great rewarding career is not true for most people and of course virtually impossible past a certain age. It would also require huge motivation.

When you see many of these self help Youtube videos and read the books they often have this HUGE...
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