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  • any tips on how to cope with panic attacks?

  • Does anyone else have fear of going outside?

    So I am having trouble with being stuck in my apartment due to my anxiety and fear, I wondered if anyone also had the same issue? I would like to move forward but I am getting little help at the moment and wondered if anyone had any advice? Some people are just like get up and go out but they don't realize how strong the fear and anxiety are. Not sure where to go from here, I have become quite isolated now and even due to some other circumstances fear my neighbors. I am feeling quite hopeless about the whole thing at this point and any help would be greatly appreciated!
  • Has anyone "lost their creativity" on antidepressants?

    I am an avid, DAILY writer of fiction. It's almost an obsession but for me it is a healthy one because anyone who has known me long enough can tell you the pattern, when I am writing, I am generally happy. When I stop, I go downhill. When I start again, I get better almost immediately. It helps me to get out of my own head and world and problems and into someone else's.

    But since I have started a series of antidepressants over the past few months, I NEVER write. I think twice in January, three times in February and not once in March or April--and never even a full page. I strated with a tricyclic, followed by two others, Remeron, now Cymbalta. Does anyone have any such experiences as this? Losing creativity on a variety of antidepressants? It's like I can't even break into my fictional world anymore when I used to reside there half my life to escape being alone in my own head all the time.
  • How do I get the moderator to approve the groups I'm trying to make? I already tired to make 3

  • How to deal with anxiety in long distance relationships?

    I've been with someone for a while now, and the situation is complicated, but, he now lives in another state living his life doing really well. He's an addict and has been clean for almost 9 months. Every time I see him doing well I always get anxious and either want to be with him or want what he has. He's doing so well I'm jealous of his recovery. I want that with myself and my anxiety, and it's so hard for me to be happy because my anxiety always freaks out. I can never tell why and I'm usually able to understand why I'm getting anxious but never in these situations. Anyone have any help or support?
  • I'm stuck

    Lately I've been feeling stuck, like I'm not improving. I'm not getting worse either. But it seems like I've been doing better. But I'm not sure if it's because I am getting better and the working on myself is actually doing something. Or I'm only feeling like I'm doing better because the main trigger for my anxiety and depression is momentarily gone. I just don't know what to do. The working on myself is expressing my emotions and feelings more, and trying to reach out to my friends. I've been figuring out what Happens during an attack and what helps. I know myself pretty well in that area. But I want to be able to do more then just coping with it. I want it to get less. I only have no idea how
  • Tongue Picking Problem

    I'm not sure if I have anxiety or ocd but am very skeptical that I do. I have an odd problem with picking/pulling off taste buds. Ive had this problem for as long as I can remember, i get so into it I dont even notice when I do it until my tongue is missing chunks and my fingers are bloody. Its so disgusting, unsanitary, painful, and just weird. I dont know whats wrong with me and i dont know how to stop.
  • What are ways to deal with anxiety/depression?

    I've tried excercise, going out, and reading only to feel emptier than ever. My anxiety is rapidly getting worse, and I'm afraid of the cynical person it is turning me into.
  • What kinds of art help you cope with anxiety?

    Hi all! Hope your day's been well. I'm just putting this question out the community. Are there any books, paintings, shows, characters--basically any specific kind of art--that you've discovered is helping you through anxiety? For me, and very surprisingly, it's been anime. I've found learning about this new form of entertainment has helped give me some creative focus outside of myself, and specifically the "slice of life" genre shows deal heavily with relationships and psychological issues. It's been very therapeutic for me to dive into an unexplored art form. Does anyone else out there have similar experiences with "finding" a new art to help you through anxiety? I'd love to hear your stories and any recommendations. Maybe if we all share some art that's stirred us into feeling better, we can all find even more to help us. For anime so far, I'd recommend the film "The Garden of Words" and the show "Kids on the Slope." Beautiful animation and lovely messages about friendship, love, and connection. Thanks for reading, and here's to sharing our Recovery Art :)
  • Who here is NOT on psychiatric medication?

    What are your diagnoses/symptoms?
    How do you manage them?
    Why aren't you taking meds?
    Have you ever taken any?


we are a community of people struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!



We are a community of people struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!