Needing a place to vent

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Needing a place to vent

Postby achiafo » Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:50 pm

Hey guys. My name is Aaron. It's nice meeting you. I suppose I should start off by saying I don't normally suffer from depression. Anxiety is another story, though. I have been diagnosed and hospitalized with a series of anxiety disorders. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Anxiety Disorder. I also suffer from extreme agoraphobia. That being said, my anxiety causes issues, and issues cause depression. So there is always some depression to accompany anxiety, and vice versa.

I also should mention I work in a mental health support role. My official title is "Mental Health Peer Support Specialist." I manage two different "wellness centers" in two different cities, and I also do one-on-one activities with a few clients. I am also in school to become a "Behavioral Health Paraprofessional." I am NOT a licensed therapist, so if I ever offer help or advice, please bear this in mind.

My line of work often takes a mental and emotional toll on my health. It's not an easy job by any means. I have seen a lot of success, but also a lot of tragedy. I figured I would create an account here, in order to "vent" in a way that I can not vent in my day to day life, due to my career. But I am also here to listen. Listening is about the only thing I am good at doing. I look forward to meeting all of you. Thank you for taking the time to read my introduction, and I hope your day is filled with positive vibes!

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Re: Needing a place to vent

Postby Spleefy » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:11 pm

Hi Aaron,

Thank you for introducing yourself. Depression and anxiety commonly coexist. I had both and it paralyzed me to the point where I struggled to leave the house.

You are in a highly stressful role and battling your own mental health issues. But I bet you are still making a significant difference to those lives you help, and I’m sure they appreciate you very much for it.

I hope you find comfort in sharing your experiences and getting things off your chest on here.

Take care.
Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are crushed in spirit.—Psalm 34:18

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Re: Needing a place to vent

Postby Lil Welby » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:20 pm

Hi Aaron,

It's nice to meet you. I admire your ability to help others while also struggling with issues yourself. I'm looking forward to any "venting" that needs to be done. I hope that myself and others on the forum can have a positive impact in your life, as you seem to have a positive impact on the lives of so many others. Have a great day!

We refuse to recognize that everything better is purchased at the price of something worse. -Carl Jung-

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Re: Needing a place to vent

Postby littlestarsmum » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:34 am

Welcome aboard, Aaron! Nice to meet you. Thanks for sharing a lil about yourself. I appreciate your willingness to listen and offer help here while you have your own ongoing struggles. This is a great place to share/vent, and I’m sure you’ll find a lot of help. Looking forward to hear more from you. Have a blessed stay!

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