Thinking

A day with a socially anxious mind

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Two weeks ago I had an appointment with my doctor to discuss the medication I was taking for anxiety. Normal procedure would include me telling the doctor, in as little detail as possible, how I’m feeling and that I’m ok on my current medication. However, as I’ve felt my symptoms getting worse over the weeks […]

Your stories

Finding my way through my dreams

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I have recently been having extremely vivid dreams and nightmares. When I awake, I question myself. I have to decide whether to heed the warnings or to not allow them to distract my way of life. Sometimes I find a dream might try to haunt me for the rest of the day, and finding a […]

Connection

Being a part of a quiet community

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As soon as I read the description for Quiet Connections and their volunteer role, it struck a chord and resonated with me. It immediately stood out from other voluntary roles. As someone who has experienced self-esteem, shyness and social anxiety issues, I wanted to get involved in any way I could. I find it refreshing […]

Coping strategies

How I am tackling my need for control

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Feelings of anxiety often stem from a lack of control over uncontrollable aspects of situations. Thinking I need to be able to control everything to ensure that I don’t feel anxious is often what fuels the anxious feelings. Having grown up referring to this as the ‘vicious circle’, I have realised that whilst I recognise […]

Communication

Public Speaking When You Hate, Public Speaking

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Racing heart, wobbly legs, churning stomach and the feeling that any moment now you’re about to pass out because you can hardly breathe. Yes, it’s the impending doom of knowing you have to stand up in front of a room filled with people and talk. Now, I don’t personally know anyone who particularly loves public speaking (do […]

Your stories

Comfort in escapism

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Comfort in escapism

At 25 years old, you would be remiss to expect depression to not surprise me anymore. It is only in the last few months that I have experienced some new symptoms. Where they came from I am not sure, but I found myself really uncomfortable in myself and with my body. Really uncomfortable. So uncomfortable […]