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sleeplessinwycombe

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Hi my names Lauren, stumbled across this site by accident trying to find answers to a question, stroke of luck that was, i didn't even know there was forums for this!

I've had issues with self harm for the past 6 years, and was diagnosed with depression in May 2007, and have had problems sleeping since last year.

Never really had anyone to talk to exclusively about it, because noone i know has really suffered from any kind of MH problem.

I'm also a full time carer for my mum who has MS, i had to leave my job in February last year to care for her full time, which although i do not mind doing it, does have an adverse effect on my health, due to the extra stresses and financial worries.

So thats me! Glad i've found this site
 
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Hi and :welcome: to MHF :) It is a bit quiet at the moment, but folk will be along soon to say hi :flowers: This is a great forum, very friendly and supportive, stick around there is also fun and laughter :hug:
 
Islander

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Hi, I am new to the site too, it seems like a friendly place. I am
glad I found it too. It is nice to meet you.


Islander
 
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Hi and :welcome: from me too. Hope you like it here. :flowers:
 
intelgal

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Hey,

:welcome: to the forum, sounds like you ve got a lot of stress that could be impacting on your recovery... Are you getting some support at the moment.?
 
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Hi Lauren,

Glad you have found us on the MHF. It'll be great getting to know you. Everyone is lovely here so just be yourself and unwind on this site.

See you around
Sall:hug:
 
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trainwreck

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hello lauren.im totally crazy . but hey thats life baby. :cool::cool::cool:
 
sleeplessinwycombe

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Hey, thanks for the very warm welcome! I look forward to getting to know you all!!

Intelgal, no to be honest i don't have much support, i mean i have my friends and family, but i have this thing where i don't tell anyone whats bugging me!
 
intelgal

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Hey,

I know its really difficult to tell people how your feeling! it maybe be worth poppin to see your GP .. maybe even write stuff down and there maybe a bit of extra support for you. You ve taken a lot of responsibilty being a carer and your health is important to maintain this. You deserve a break every now and then.

Take care

intel
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sleeplessinwycombe

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My GP is aware of the situation, but to be perfectly honest i'm not a big fan of my GP, i always find her a little dismissive of my depression and insomnia, so i have never really felt comfortable talking to her about any problems i have now, i used to see another doctor at the practice about it, and he was fantastic, one of the best doctors i have ever seen!
My mum and i are on Social Services radar because of her MS but they aren't exactly the best at helping out! They haven't been forthcoming with information about what help i can recieve being a carer, have tried to get information out of them but sometimes it's like getting blood out of a stone! Which is very frustrating, especially knowing that if i was younger, or still at school they would be bending over backwards to help (I only say this because an acquaintance of ours is in a similar situation but with a much younger person acting as carer)
So yes, all a little bit of a nightmare to be honest!:rolleyes:
 
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Hi I am new as well. I have been looking for a site like this for ages. :flowers:
 
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Hi Lauren - we have a section called Journals which is where people go to blog and I find mine really helpful. Just on my way there now! Welcome to the forum.
 
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My GP is aware of the situation, but to be perfectly honest i'm not a big fan of my GP, i always find her a little dismissive of my depression and insomnia, so i have never really felt comfortable talking to her about any problems i have now, i used to see another doctor at the practice about it, and he was fantastic, one of the best doctors i have ever seen!
My mum and i are on Social Services radar because of her MS but they aren't exactly the best at helping out! They haven't been forthcoming with information about what help i can recieve being a carer, have tried to get information out of them but sometimes it's like getting blood out of a stone! Which is very frustrating, especially knowing that if i was younger, or still at school they would be bending over backwards to help (I only say this because an acquaintance of ours is in a similar situation but with a much younger person acting as carer)
So yes, all a little bit of a nightmare to be honest!:rolleyes:
Hi Lauren,
Sorry to hear you're having a difficult time. I know what you mean about doctors who are dismissive about certain issues. Why did you stop seeing the doctor you liked so much? Did he leave? I think the best thing to do is to try another (or a few) different doctors at the practice. Or if you have any friends or family who use the same surgery as you, ask them if they know who the nicest doctors there are. You shouldn't have to put up with unhelpful doctors or even doctors you just don't get on with.
That is really annoying that Social Services are not helping you... I don't really know what to say, as it sounds like you're doing the best that you can - and that's very commendable. I hope you can find more support and help somehow.
:hug:
 
honeyquince

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Hi Lauren and welcome to the forum - it's great to have you here.

Have you had a look at the Carers UK site (http://www.carersuk.org/Home) it looks pretty comprehensive on the sort of formal support that it available but unfortunately, from my quick glance, doesn't seem to offer any advice or information on the more informal stuff (like having a chat with someone about it all). We're always here though so as dollit suggested you could always chat with us through individual posts or a blog. We always listen!

Take care,
Honey, xx
 
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