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Old 07-02-2020, 02:04 AM   #11
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Thanks for sharing.
And a big warm hug for all of you who feel lonely.
Hopefully we can be there for eachother.
My social support... Well I should feel blessed since I have my SO and friends I could talk to about my depression. But I can't shake the deeply engraved belief that I shouldn't seek support in others.
How does one accept help...without feeling guilty for it?
My few familymembers don't know. They have enough to master on their own.
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Old 07-02-2020, 05:00 AM   #12
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Is it still social support if I never mentioned my condition and most likely they're not aware? There's my family, meaning parents and siblings. I've pushed them away, since I don't really belong and haven't fulfilled any expectations (as in marriage, family, etc.)
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Old 07-02-2020, 07:38 AM   #13
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Is it still social support if I never mentioned my condition and most likely they're not aware? There's my family, meaning parents and siblings. I've pushed them away, since I don't really belong and haven't fulfilled any expectations (as in marriage, family, etc.)
Social support can mean different things to different people. The best social support system are people who you can turn to for anything, and don't feel ashamed/guilty/burden. It's something that is hard to get because of the stigma of mental health. I'm going to try to get past feeling like a burden and asking for support. It will be worth the time if the person is the right person to be added to my social support system.

The main goal if this post is to awaken us to see that our social needs are not being met. And after reading about someone who is recovered from mental illness, social support was a BIG part of his recovery. I'm finding more people who have recovered, as it inspires me and gives me hope!
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Old 07-02-2020, 08:32 AM   #14
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this forum

my therapist (who I can't see because of covid19)

my pdoc (ditto above)

that is all. no friends, no family
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Old 07-02-2020, 08:58 AM   #15
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I'm actually pretty lucky.


I have a group of friends who I've known for years, and we make it a point to talk by phone, at least every couple of weeks.

My mental health clubhouse, hosts multiple Zoom meetings daily and I always go to at least one a day which is good for staying connected.

I belong to a couple of sobriety support groups that have Zoom meetings and are vitally important me, given the state of the world.

So while I miss in person activities, I actually feel reasonably connected.

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Old 07-02-2020, 03:31 PM   #16
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In terms of real life social support, I have no support system. I made a concerted effort last year and gained two friends, and was very grateful for them. But over a fairly short span of time, as the cracks began to appear, realized they weren't the kinds of people I feel I actually gel with or can trust emotionally. That's the part I don't like - the saying 'goodbye', I must tackle this on my own. For me.
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