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Old 18-09-2019, 04:14 PM   #41
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I'm really glad your coworker was supportive of you when you were upset and I hope he will continue to be supportive. I understand that socialisation can be uncomfortable and it's hard when you feel like you don't enjoy things and have no interests. I don't think social contact and friendship can be forced, really, a lot of the time it's just 'fate' (can't think of an appropriate word) of what you're doing and who you come into contact with etc. Is it important to you that you build more connections and do so quickly?





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Old 19-09-2019, 08:54 AM   #42
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I completely agree about the "fate" part. For me making friends is down to meeting a person you just "click" with, it's not an action you can take whenever you want to.


You asked me a very, very interesting question that made me ponder for a while. Is it important to me to make new connections quickly? I guess it's just something every person I went to for advice and every article on the Internet suggested. Miss someone? Go to your friends for support. Don't have friends? Go out there and make new friends. I think while it is important to me to build at least some new connections and to have at least one person I can talk to face to face and hug, I am in no hurry to do so. I am not scared of being alone for a while, it's nothing new to me and I cope with it rather well. I am just scared of being alone forever, or at least for a period of time that would feel like forever, say, over 10 years, and those fears are based on having little faith in being able to form new connections ever again.

A couple of years ago I experienced a traumatic situation involving another friend I was incredibly attached to, and it had a massive impact on my lifestyle and beliefs. Basically, before the situation, I had a belief it's easier for me to make friends with males because I have a male-dominated profession, and rather "ungirly" nerdy interests and preferences, and also because guys are often more direct about their thoughts and desires and it makes it easier for me as a person on a spectrum. After the situation I concluded I was a complete moron, no one wants to be my friend because I'm unlikeable and that's why I had zero female friends in my lifetime, and men only talk to me because they misinterpret my friendliness as being easy like Sunday morning. Naturally, I stopped going out, became a lot less open and insta-friendly to new people, and generally lost hope to ever make any new friends. After a while I was able to accept it with a little bit of sadness, and be content that I at least have one true friend. And then he left and now I feel totally alone.
But I am not in a rush to make new friends. If anything, I think I need a little bit of time to process what happened before I can meet new people without being overly needy with them or talking off their ears about how sad I feel. I just wish I had someone to talk to about everything that is going on, but this site and all the incredible people that support me in this thread are more than enough, thank you very much!

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Old 19-09-2019, 01:45 PM   #43
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It must be really hard not to have people you can confide in face to face, and I'm so sorry you don't have that. I'm glad you find it helpful here though. I hope that you can allow yourself to process things and don't push yourself to do things that society deems you 'should' be doing. It sounds like you've had a difficult time with friendships and I can understand why your confidence would have suffered a blow. I don't think that means you will never again form a new connection. I wish I had a suggestion about who could support you face to face. You have distant professional support, am I getting that right? Is there no way you could contact someone involved in your treatment? Sorry if I'm forgetting things.





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Old 20-09-2019, 10:02 AM   #44
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It's okay! I do have professional support, I have a psychiatrist that deals with my medication and general treatment plans and also talks to me about my life to some level, but I feel like contacting him specifically to talk about my life events and how they make me sad would be a bit too much. I am currently not in therapy and had a poor experience with therapy in general, so I am unlikely to talk to a therapist anytime soon. I could seek out private counselling, but that would be costly and difficult in terms of amount of time it might require.

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Old 20-09-2019, 01:57 PM   #45
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Why do you think contacting your psychiatrist about how you're feeling would be too much? It might be worth a go just to mention it and see if anything additional can be done for you, if you think you do need some additional support.





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Old 22-09-2019, 11:04 AM   #46
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I think he would know if I'm not coping and need additional support, although I might have a wrong attitude.
I think I might request to increase my medication. I know it will turn me into a zombie and have side effects, but maybe I wouldn't feel anything that way.

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Old 22-09-2019, 11:46 AM   #47
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How would he know if you weren't coping if you aren't communicating with him about how things are right now? Talking about meds might be something you could do, but feeling nothing is sometimes worse and then you'll just have all this stuff building up to be dealt with all at once. There might be meds/other things that could help though if you have a chat with your psych.





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Old 22-09-2019, 10:25 PM   #48
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You're right, telling him would be a sensible thing and will make things easier.
I am just worried my psychiatrist will ask me something along the lines of "so what do you think might help?" - and I honestly have no idea, other than increasing the meds.

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Old 23-09-2019, 10:19 AM   #49
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It's ok to say that you don't know what would help. Your psychiatrist is there to support you in that decision.





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Old 24-09-2019, 05:20 AM   #50
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Thank you for your advice. I will definitely try to talk to my psychiatrist.

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Old 25-09-2019, 12:37 PM   #51
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I hope you can talk to him and he can offer you something useful. Good luck.





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Old 25-09-2019, 05:19 PM   #52
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Can't talk now. Must be punished. But thank you anyway.

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Old 25-09-2019, 05:29 PM   #53
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Can you talk here about what's going on?





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Old 26-09-2019, 01:50 AM   #54
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I don't know. I don't want to become a terrible person. I have to be in hell.

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Old 26-09-2019, 09:39 AM   #55
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You aren't a terrible person. Please don't think that about yourself. Please feel free to share on here what's going on for you if you want to x

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Old 26-09-2019, 11:42 AM   #56
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I'm sorry you're feeling so bad about yourself at the moment. I don't think you are a terrible person or have to be in hell but I can understand how overwhelming feelings like that can be.





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Old 27-09-2019, 07:39 AM   #57
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I thought hurting myself might be a punishment and that it might actually make me less terrible. But now that I did it, I think that only hell will work. And I hurt myself a lot. I don't know whether I am supposed to go to a hospital. I want to do what's right. I don't think I am supposed to be helped by doctors.

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Old 27-09-2019, 12:34 PM   #58
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I think you are supposed to be helped if you need help, you are a human and you are worth a lot. You aren't a terrible person and most definitely don't belong in hell. Do you think you could consider talking to your psychiatrist?





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Old 27-09-2019, 07:01 PM   #59
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I don't know whether I should. I don't think I deserve his time.

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Old 27-09-2019, 07:06 PM   #60
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That's your opinion but it's probably not his. If you phoned him he could decide what time to give you or not give you.





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