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Old 12-10-2017, 05:54 PM   #1
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Hi all, I had been isolating myself for so many years due to my chronic social anxiety, that i was becoming so depressed and very close to suicide. I decdied to do something about it and started going back to my mental health clubhouse where i have known alot there for years but would only drop in once a year or so. I am now going on 4 days straight there.
Its nice you get a free cup of coffee in the morning and lunch is only $!.50 and they have a free salad bar if you have no money and a snack bar to buy snacks and the day is structured around a work order day where u can work in the kitchen or in business doing data entry or reception answering phones there are alot of jobs and things to do and if u cannot or do not feel comfortable working they do not make you. it runs from 7am till 330pm and they have people who will take you to the pharmacy to pick up meds and just a number of things they help you with. They even have a small clothing store in the club where u can purchase clothes for a quarter each. Monday, tomorrow will be day 4 and it feels so good to break out of my self made prison at home and get out.
I got to the point that i knew i was dying and was going to die and was getting super super depressed, staying in the same clothes on the couch doing nothing everyday and just alone with my own thoughts and i decided i had to make a drastic change no matter how hard it would be. I am no where near well but i am now trying to break out of that shell and trying hard not to be afraid of people and talking and realizing that i am just as valuable as they are. This has been so good for my mental health and has got me eating on a regualr basis too because i am getting a decent lunch each day going there. Today i feel good about the changes i am making and i look forward to any feedback or advice or suggestions anyone else has about breaking out of the isolation and socializing ...
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:01 PM   #2
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I could have written your post! (Except the part about the mental health club. For me it's been going to the library with the express purpose of checking off my work task list.)

I know how you feel. I think the pain of staying the same outweighed the pain of changing for both of us.

Here's to change!

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I could have written your post! (Except the part about the mental health club. For me it's been going to the library with the express purpose of checking off my work task list.)

I know how you feel. I think the pain of staying the same outweighed the pain of changing for both of us.

Here's to change!

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Yes to change! onward and upward! I am hapy for us both and for change!
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overslept today so i didnt make it to the clubhouse today, but tomorrow is another day and i am still feeling positive
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Made it to clubhouse today. I was one in three that showed up. One of our major busses in this town was shut down due to the weather and so only three of us showed up, but i was proud of myself for getting out of the house and not isolating myself..
another day tomorrow
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This is great! Unfortunately sometimes when it comes to socializing, we have to take risks. I donít generally have ďsocial anxietyĒ in the normal sense, but I donít like putting myself in uncomfortable situations. I hang out with my friends a lot, but theyíre my friends. I am less comfortable when it involves hanging out with people I donít know (such as my friends bringing along their friends). Thereís been times itís worked out great, and other times Iíve regretted it. Unfortunately itís the only way we are ever going to meet new people though, and risks will have to be taken. What youíre doing is great though, and I hope youíll meet some really awesome people!
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This is great! Unfortunately sometimes when it comes to socializing, we have to take risks. I donít generally have ďsocial anxietyĒ in the normal sense, but I donít like putting myself in uncomfortable situations. I hang out with my friends a lot, but theyíre my friends. I am less comfortable when it involves hanging out with people I donít know (such as my friends bringing along their friends). Thereís been times itís worked out great, and other times Iíve regretted it. Unfortunately itís the only way we are ever going to meet new people though, and risks will have to be taken. What youíre doing is great though, and I hope youíll meet some really awesome people!
Thank you. Every day that i get out and surround myself around people at the clubhouse (known most of them for years) even the ones i dont know, i feel like i am taking a step in the right direction. It feels really good and increases my mood to a better mood as well.
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