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    Re: Mental Health Discussion

    Chugging along over here. Still slipping into my old self-destructive habits here and there but they don't dominate my day-to-day life like they were a few months back.

    I was once upon a time looking to get into social work Dave, and some of the courses I took concentrated on mental health, they were ridiculously interesting and I took to it very well; unfortunately life got in the way for me at the time and I wasn't able to carry on to uni because I was needed elsewhere but I reckon you'll find yourself really enjoying that course mate so good luck with that in the future because I always got the feeling that while I'm sure that's a difficult line of work at times, it's also truly rewarding and you'll be making a real difference in peoples lives, and that itself helps with your mental strength I think.

    Good luck to you too, Vanye. New meds can be hard work at times. I'm considering getting to the doctors to get on something for my anxiety which is absolutely my biggest issue - I talk myself out of so much stuff just because I get over-anxious about things - so we'll see how that goes.

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    Re: Mental Health Discussion

    Willingness to start and not freak out about taking new meds is proving a royal pain to me.

    And yeah, destructive habits here, as well. I drink too damn much, and henceforth have fatty liver and some inflammation due to it. Doc wants me to lose some weight and cut back.
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    Re: Mental Health Discussion

    Once you've started relying on a habit like drinking it can be a bitch to break, especially because it can start so innocently that you don't even realise you're becoming reliant on it until it's become something other people (or your doctor) point out. It's really easy to slip into and potentially very difficult to stop once you notice the pattern.

    I used to use smoking as a way to fight anxiety (which is dumb on any number of levels) and I found the easiest way to quit was when I had that trigger moment, the feeling or situation that would set me off down the path to having a cigarette, I replaced the cigarette with something else; a cup of tea (I'm English, sue me), a mint, etc... just something to occupy my time for the same amount of time that a cigarette would, and I would give that thing all of my attention, really focus in on it as if it was the only thing I was interested in for those few minutes - the focusing was the important thing because it would help block out the anxiety because I wouldn't let myself be distracted. I started out having just one go to thing to help quit smoking and once that was out of the way and would cycle through different things - feeling anxious in the morning, have a cuppa, feeling anxious in the afternoon, go out on my bike, feeling anxious in the evening, have a mint, feeling anxious at night, draw, or write, or whatever.

    The hardest part of breaking any bad habit is filling the time you used to dedicate to it with other things that aren't as bad for you, but it is possible as long as you allow yourself to accept that you can do it. Sometimes we're our own worst enemies about this kinda stuff. Good luck with it man, I'm sure I speak for everyone here when I say we all want you to look after yourself and break that cycle of self-destructive behaviour.

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    Re: Mental Health Discussion

    Aye, lad.

    It's a vice for anxiety, but I will also admit, I just love the sauce. Always have. I'm not an alcoholic, so to speak. I have no ill effect if I do not drink, other than realizing my anxiety that I have masked by the alcohol. Which makes since, considering it works with the same part of the brain that benzos do.

    I'll be smoking a bit more grass, and cutting back from 10 ish beers every other day (Used to be a bottle of vodka a day), to maybe 6 every other day.
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    Re: Mental Health Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Vayne View Post
    Aye, lad.

    It's a vice for anxiety, but I will also admit, I just love the sauce. Always have. I'm not an alcoholic, so to speak. I have no ill effect if I do not drink, other than realizing my anxiety that I have masked by the alcohol. Which makes since, considering it works with the same part of the brain that benzos do.

    I'll be smoking a bit more grass, and cutting back from 10 ish beers every other day (Used to be a bottle of vodka a day), to maybe 6 every other day.
    Even though I don't have anxiety or any mental illness to speak of, just an average guy (although I have a lot of confidence and positivity in me these days), grass and alcohol does help put on another level (I only smoke and drink socially, which has been FREQUENTLY over the summer). Just be careful with addiction to alcohol. Best of luck too dude

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    Aye. I've cut back majorly.



    Thanks, man.
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    Re: Mental Health Discussion

    We're hitting that time of year where the "winter blues" will kick in, so if anyone wants to chat about anything mental health related, let's get to it....

    Also it's Movember soon, does anyone participate in that? I'm not sure if it's just UK based or not though haha.
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    Re: Mental Health Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Postman Dave View Post
    Eh, not been a great month personally, but coping alright.

    Plus side, doing a taster course at college next month on Mental Health with a view to looking at training in the industry. Some new career aspirations will certainly help.

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    3 weeks into my course now, and even as a pass grade GCSE level course it's been massively insightful. There's been very few straightforward answers to questions which is a big changr to what I normally study

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    Excellent stuff, what kind of things have you been discussing?
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    Re: Mental Health Discussion

    It's real basic for now, so it's mostly about defining what it actually is, potential causes, different types, media coverage and that sort of thing. It's a very nice class to be part of, since due to the subject matter everyone's free to talk about their own experiences without it going beyond that room. You can tell it's been a massive weight off some peoples shoulders

    It's certainly inspired me for sure, very much debating whether to continue it at level 2 or move onto a level 2 counselling course.

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    It's something i'd love to look into doing in the future to be honest. Working a lot with younger people the issue is huge, especially with more welfare reforms hitting them hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick View Post
    We're hitting that time of year where the "winter blues" will kick in, so if anyone wants to chat about anything mental health related, let's get to it....

    Also it's Movember soon, does anyone participate in that? I'm not sure if it's just UK based or not though haha.
    They call it No Shave November mostly in the states.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Vayne View Post
    They call it No Shave November mostly in the states.
    Same thing haha. Any excuse not to shave for a month for a good cause and all that. Do they also promote Stoptober or Stop Drinking Alcohol month?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick View Post
    It's something i'd love to look into doing in the future to be honest. Working a lot with younger people the issue is huge, especially with more welfare reforms hitting them hard.
    TBH, one of the things I've taken from the class is how ill prepared we are as a society full stop, let alone young people. It's improving for sure but there's still a lot to be done until it's held in the same regard as physical health.

    As an aside, I've seen from my job how hard those reforms are hitting people, it's no joke at all.



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    It's horrific. If Universal Credit wasn't bad enough, the Local Housing Allowance thing coming into play is screwing people over even more...
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    Not aware of Local Housing Allowance, will have to look into that one

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    Not aware of Local Housing Allowance, will have to look into that one

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    It's pretty much those under 21 without dependants will get no housing benefit, and those 21-35 with no dependants will only get housing benefit set at a rate of a 1 bedroom flat, which obviously varies area to area. In my area that limit is something around the £42 per week mark.
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    Re: Mental Health Discussion

    Not sure if this is connected to the stuff you guys are talking about but my mum recently reached pension age and has begun receiving that, however she's been told that due to having a pension she will no longer be getting carer's allowance for my brother. I'm not entirely sure how my mum getting older makes my little brother any less severely disabled and unable to care for himself but apparently it does. The government seems desperate to take as many resources away from those among us that need those things as possible and the only reason I can see for it is that they can't make much noise about it, being older or simply not having the mental/physical capabilities to make a fuss about it on the scale that would make a difference.

    As for my personal mental health, I still need to get to the doctors and now it's gonna be with a laundry list of things - not just my anxiety/depression. My biggest problem currently is keeping a stable sleeping pattern and my current worry that it has something to do with my body chemistry because I'm literally never not tired these days. I'm regularly sleeping all day and pottering about at night, which is shit because with me trying to get back to a normal human beings pattern, I find myself going around the clock constantly. I'll cycle through every hour of the day, occasionally trying to stay awake until I'm too tired not to sleep and hoping to sleep through to the following morning but it rarely works out like that anymore (it was a tried and tested way to do it when I was younger, now I just don't have the stamina) and I'll end up sleeping whacky ass times. Sunday I woke up at 4AM, needed to nap by midday so set an alarm for two hours later but slept for ten. Monday night I fell asleep for around fifteen minutes but woke up from a particularly terrifying bout of sleep-paralysis and simply wasn't willing to even try to go straight back to sleep.

    The sleep-paralysis and accompanying nightmares/hallucinations have been something I've suffered from on and off for years now, maybe even decades at this point, and it will come and go. I think I actually got through most of (if not, all) 2016 without a single bout of it but 2017 has been shit for it and this most recent return comes after a couple months respite from the condition. I find I get them usually at times of high anxiety, which is obviously unhelpful to calming me down any and it also ends up fucking my sleeping pattern up, which just makes things all the worse.

    Today I woke up at 6:30AM after falling asleep around 10PM last night AND I managed to get out cycling, so I'm feeling pretty accomplished because that was some successful human behaviour, I thought. I'm fucking shattered right now though and desperate to sleep. I just hope I can make it late enough not to fuck myself and that my neighbours and my brother stay quiet enough for me to sleep passed 11PM/12AM because one or the other will usually decide to pipe up and make some un-necessary noise for about twenty minutes around that time and then I'm awake, they all shut up and my pattern gets totally fucked up again.

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    Re: Mental Health Discussion

    The government are screwing loads of people over. Any change of circumstances is causing issues in full service areas of Universal Credit.

    I've sign up to do Movember again this year. Looking to move my arse 150 miles during the month, so that's 5 miles a day...I usually do between 3 & 4 so that bit extra is going to be a challenge haha.
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    We're very concerned about how Xmas is gonna go for those relying on benefits this year, there's potential for a lot of big problems

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