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   Posted 8/6/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, i thought id talk about some of my problems openly, hopefully it helps some.
I have social anxiety disorder and major depression, ive been a total recluse for the past 3 months. I can't go anywhere with out feeling extremley anxious, i feel that people are observing me or judging me, which i know that it is very irrational and that no one is really judging me i still cant help feeling that way everytime i go out. when im home and around my fam and friends im perfectly fine. Except for the depression. Ive been depressed lately and havnt been able to work up the motivation to do anything. I lost my job about 7 months ago ive just been sitting at home in misery. My friends all assume im just lazy and dont want to work and that i avoid everyone because im mad or something. Which isnt true. i want to work and get out and do all the things i enjoy again, i just feel that i cant. The meds i was taking had bad side effects so i stopped taking them. i really need to go bad and see if there are any other meds that might help, but i just feel so hopeless, like this is never going to get any better.
is there hope?

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   Posted 8/6/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, there is hope.  And you already know what you have to do.  You have taken a huge step by posting here, now take another one and go see somebody.  Get back on a different medication and get some counseling too to help build back up your self esteem. 
I think you already know what you need to do as I said above, I just want to confirm that feeling for you.  Take the steps necessary to get some help for yourself.  You can do this.  I have faith in you.  Keep posting and continue to let us know how you are doing.  It might take some time to get back in the groove of things, but it will happen, with help.
Hugs, Karen
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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/6/2010 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My brother was/is in your same shoes from what i am told. What he told me sometimes what he dose is make a list. The lists involves basic things. Example take shower, go to store, clean room,and the list goes on. When you finish the list It proves to your self all what you have done giving you more confidence to fulfill you next goals. Good Luck and Hope you don't fallow my bother (story for another time :D)

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 8/6/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   

It sounds like your self esteem has taken a battering, after losing your job, that can be a real hard hit to one's self esteem. That sounds like it was the start of your anxiety and then everything else followed. Well again, what Karen has said is the right thing, you have to get yourself up and ready and firstly make the appointment and then walk right out that door to the doctor, tell him everything that has happened and once you get those new meds, I am sure you will pick up and gradually get back to your old self. You will get another job, you have to be assertive and like yourself first though, but like I said once you get on the new meds that will all fall into place.

I hope you will continue posting and let us know how you are going. I wish you the best of luck.
Kind Regards

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