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SAD Relief / My SAD Relief
« on: June 07, 2013, 12:59:27 PM »
My SAD seems to be kind of sporadic in terms of when it really hits me. The worst is going to work. I have a very difficult time approaching people, and walking into a meeting. One small kind of "OCD thing" I've found helpful is holding some sort of water bottle with a strap, a cell phone, or anything you can comfortably carry around with you, and gripping/hard pressing down on said object with my thumb or fingers. The massaging sensation has proven effective in calming my nerves. I know this is a bit out there. But, believe it or not, it's gotten me through more days in the office than I can count.

Social Anxiety Disorder / My SAD...
« on: June 07, 2013, 12:46:50 PM »
I've been dealing with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) for as long as I can remember. For the longest time I just assumed I was a shy, introverted person, someone who was simply not outgoing. I came to the conclusion that this was something I had to deal with. I wanted more than anything to speak up, and to put my ideas forward. But, I couldn't. I couldn't even open my mouth a lot of the time. My mind was consumed with this overwhelming nervousness that I couldn't comprehend. Why did I feel this way? I would say to myself: "You're with close friends and family, and people you can trust. Relax!" Trying to talk myself down didn't work. It never seemed to work. Sometimes family and friends would notice that I was in some sort of distress. Every once in a while I would try and explain what was happening with me, and what I was going through. But, nobody got it. People would say, "Hmmm? That sucks dude." "That's really strange." "Just relax." "Take deep breaths." "Everybody get's stressed out." "Join the club." If you experience Social Anxiety Disorder, I'm sure you've heard some version of these remarks by friends, family or coworkers. But, of course, it's not that simple.

The sickness in my stomach, the pounding heartbeat, the sweaty, shaky hands, and the headaches become too much too bear. So, I finally decided to see a doctor. After speaking with a counselor, and taking medication, my SAD became easier to deal with. But, it never truly goes away. There isn't a cure. So, I seek help wherever I can find it. Talking with family and friends is a huge help. You HAVE to speak up in order to deal with SAD. Talking is really the best medicine. Although I realize that's easier said than done.

I created Sad Relief because I wanted to create a space where people can find some kind of relief. I wanted a place where people afflicted with this problem can chat openly with one another. I wanted to create a place where people can say to themselves, "Finally, someone gets it!"

Music / My Favorite Bands...
« on: June 07, 2013, 12:32:19 PM »
A Few of my favorites:

New Found Glory
Blink 182
Jimmy Eat World
The Story So Far
Green Day
All Time Low
Pearl Jam
Plus 44
Boxcar Racer
Angels and Airwaves
Sum 41
Talib Kweli
A Change Of Pace
Gym Class Heroes

Introduce Yourself / James here...
« on: June 07, 2013, 12:21:37 PM »
Hi everyone. I'm the creator of SAD Relief. I hope you find this site helpful, and are able to interact with others who know and understand what you're going through. I look forward to engaging with all of you.

I'm 31 years old, and live in Vermont. I make my living as a web developer. I have an amazing girlfriend who understands me through and through. I don't know where I'd be without her. I have a tight knit family who I don't get to see nearly enough. Although, I have a brother who lives pretty close, and I get to see fairly often. He's not only my brother. But, my best friend. I kinda lucked out there. :) Hmm? What else? I'm kinda rambling now. But, that's the best way to write. I love music. It's what got me into web design in the first place. I started creating fan sites for some of my favorite bands, and It kind of grew from there. I also love watching movies and TV series. It's a great way to relax and escape from everyday life.

I guess that's all for now. I can't wait to chat with all of you.

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