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    Introduction

    Hi,

    This is my first post and Id like to instroduce myself.

    My name is Drew and having after 40 years or more Ive been confronted by my long term depression. I was one of the proud men who could not admit to what he thought was mental weakness and decided putting on a brave face and a fake smile was the best way to deal with problems.

    For the first time a major life changing event has made me realise I need and have needed help for some time. I have begun the long journey towards self respect and although Im far from sure Ill make it but admitting my problems feels like a major step forward.

    There is only one bit of advice I can give from my experience - if you are suffering from depression/anxiety dont pretend it will go away - deal with it by asking for help. If Id have taken my advice when I was younger I would not be in the frightening place I am now.

    Thanks for reading my post. It has been a cathartic experience for me to admit my problems publicly but most of all to myself. I have challenged myself to find or do one positive thing improve my self worth every day - if youd care to join me it may help us both.

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    Apologies for typos. If posts can be edited after they have been submitted could someone let me know how please.

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    Librarian and chief holder of antiquities and biscuits Jaquaia's Avatar
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    Hi and welcome. Don't worry about typos too much. I believe that newbies don't gain the edit facility til they reach a set number of posts but if they both you I can edit them for you.
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    Hi Drew and welcome
    Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.

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    Thanks for the welcome it’s much appreciated. As a newbie I’m looking for any advice/coping strategies so please feel free to point me in the right direction.

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    The first thing we recommend is always speaking to your gp, they can prescribe medication and have access to talking therapies.

    Distraction is another thing a lot of us use, have a read through this...
    http://www.dealingwithdepression.co....ion-Techniques

    I personally read, or knit or do diamond pictures, it all depends on my concentration level that day. It's finding something that works for you.
    Tn prdu, jhami s rcbro

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    Hi and welcome to DWD. As has been said, talking to your GP is the best way to access any help via the NHS. Admitting you have issues is so hard, so that's a hugely positive thing you've done.
    Do you have a good support network around you?
    Today I aim to be the best person I can be.
    That mean that yesterday or tomorrow I might be a better person,
    but today's best is more than good enough for today.

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    Have you had any counselling to help deal with the triggering event?
    Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.

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    Hi Drew for years I knew something was wrong but not what and it was only when things worsened considerably that I went to my doctors and like you said if I'd known then what I know now I'd have sought help earlier. I'm glad you found DWD it's a very friendly place.
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    No counselling at the moment other than opening up to a crisis team. From what Ive been told it may be some time before I get to see a counsellor face to face. . I think I can handle the trigger event as it was the result of me not seeking help many years ago. My problem are great sadness that my lack of action impacted on others and fear of a long, lonely and miserable future.

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