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Hi, my name is SteveHann!

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SteveHann
SteveHann Community member Posts: 3 Listener
So glad I've found this community. I'm hoping it might help!
 I've suffered from depression and anxiety for at least 20 years. At the moment, I'm struggling with everyday life. I am self employed as I can't work the normal 9 to 5 in a normal job. Lately (since last October), I've struggled more. I've got to the stage now where I can't go to work. I find it a struggle to face customers and even friends. I'm not sure what to do as I can no longer afford my bill's etc. but am looking at universal credit etc. Hopefully I might find so.e answers here!

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  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 3,095 Scope online community team
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    Welcome @SteveHann, sorry to hear you've been struggling lately. We've got some lovely members so I'm sure you'll find some support and advice here :)

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  • SteveHann
    SteveHann Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Success!  Spoke to a gp today. Going to increase my medication for depression, and going to give me some new tablets for my anxiety. So, hopefully it's a start. I've been in contact with citizens advice, and they've put me onto some benefits applications. 
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,307 Scope online community team
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    And it's a big warm welcome from me too @SteveHann :)
    Ah I'm glad you have a GP that understands, that can be really helpful when you're struggling. Fingers crossed the meds tweaking really helps you and the applications are successful.  Please feel free to ask if you need help with them. :)
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  • SteveHann
    SteveHann Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    I haven't been able to actually see a gp, but at least managed to speak to someone over the phone. It will just be a case of waiting for the medication to work. I have a very supportive family, and some great friends to help me. The main problem at the moment is the financial worries, but, as my wife tells me, we're not as bad off as some people. I just feel very strange by not going to work every day! 
  • AngelaFM46
    AngelaFM46 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    hi  SteveHann!

    hello this is angela moore age 46 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,293 Disability Gamechanger
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    hi  SteveHann!

    hello this is angela moore age 46 
    Please be careful about what information you're giving here. Personal information such as names, where you live etc etc are not allowed. This is to protect yourself and others. Scope is a public form and anyone can see your comments. You can see the house rules here. https://www.scope.org.uk/community-house-rules/?_ga=2.258212938.1707176013.1711892043-263050236.1706126291
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
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  • AndrewHall
    AndrewHall Community member Posts: 279 Pioneering
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    SteveHann said:
    I haven't been able to actually see a gp, but at least managed to speak to someone over the phone. It will just be a case of waiting for the medication to work. I have a very supportive family, and some great friends to help me. The main problem at the moment is the financial worries, but, as my wife tells me, we're not as bad off as some people. I just feel very strange by not going to work every day! 
    Please don't be too hard on yourself. Take a time out to look after yourself. Don’t allow anyone to make you feel bad if you are not ready to work. Do whatever makes you happy.  [CONTENT REMOVED - Medical advice]. Explore ways to resolve underlying problems.  Best of luck.
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  • Community_Scope
    Community_Scope Posts: 1,044 Scope online community team
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    Hi @AndrewHall unfortunately we cannot give medical advice on this community as noted in our house rules so we have had to edit your comment. 
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