Your favourite Sesame Street (or similar) character.
Whats your favourite Sesame Street character and why??
I really like Kermit but my favourite would have to be The Cookie Monster. I think i relate to him the most because he is "Not all there" in the head, but he knows himself and he is happy just being him with no hang ups.
And for me he was a turning point in my life when i first was diagnosed as being depressed. I had struggled for about a year feeling "Weird" and decided to change jobs. But when i started to work at the new job things just got worse, had a big argument with one boss and was thankfully allowed to leave that day with a bit of understanding and compasion. I walk from my job to my flat i lived in ,5 or 6kms, got home and really felt in a daze.
Weeks passed and i was having crying fits at nothing. Then one day i was watching a doco on Depression and then things started to get clearer. I started to understand what was happening to me and how i needed help to be "ME". The while i was pondering what i had just watched Sesame Street came on the TV, it was just background noise, Then the Cookie monster came on and started to sing a song called Me Got to be Blue to the tune of I've got to be Me. I was fixed to the screen and before i knew i was crying my eyes out, "Yes"i thought..I've got to be Blue like the cookie monster, i need help and i want to be ME.
The Cookie Monster may not be "All there" but he is very wise in my opinion.
What is your social anxiety story?I was always considered shy. It wasn't until after high school I realized I had anxiety. I was diagnosed with depression at 15. I managed okay for awhile though. Then one thing after another, and I suddenly felt like I was falling apart. That was about 4-5 years ago. I've been struggling with bad anxiety since. GAD & SAD. I tried a therapist at one point...was okay at first but she ended up being being awful. My last session with her, by the time I left, I felt about 10 times worse about myself than usual. I broke into tears when I got in the car. I never went back. Hesistant to try again. I also was on anti-depressents and meds for panic attacks, but I lost my insurance. I feel like I'm getting worse. The main things that make me happy are my boyfriend and our dog. I do worry about this ruining our relationship...even though we've been together 7 years. My anxiety has kept me from working which adds to the stress. Also, I don't drive because of it. Like I've seen others mention he is my safety net too pretty much.
When did your axiety start?Hi and good morning. I also believe I've some sort of anxiety most of my life. I've recently started having panic attacks which also cause other issues. I'm on Citalopram for it now which is sort of crappy....I am not sleeping well at all which is really affecting me. Years ago I was on Lexapro for anxiety (I was having heart palpitations, no panic attacks, at that time). I remember being very overwhelmed several times in my life....all the way back to high school so I guess I've always had some form of anxiety. My mom suffered terribly with anxiety way back when no one really knew what anxiety was, there was no medication for it back then. Maybe it's genetic. I'm hoping my boys don't end up with it but if they do they know their mom is right there to help them through it because she knows exactly how it feels.