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Living with disabilities, finding listeners

Andrew74Andrew74 Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi all,

this is my first post, my counsellor advised finding similar listeners to chat with. Coping with depression and anxiety. After 3rd operation on my spine, I have a spinal cord stimulator implanted and struggle to find it difficult to speak out, who likewise can benefit sharing stories   

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  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,935 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Andrew74 and welcome to our community.  I'm glad you found us and I hope we can support you.

    It sounds like you have been through quite a lot, having 3 operations and a spinal cord stimulator.  That can't have been easy.  Is the pain causing your anxiety?  Are you coping okay?

    Many people on the forum are also experiencing depression and anxiety so I am sure they will be along to tell you their stories and offer tips on how to manage.

    In the mean-time, if you fancy a browse on our Coffee Lounge board there is lots going off to help distract you - games, discussions and light-hearted chat.  I hope you have a lovely Thursday and feel free to ask any questions.  
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  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 5,340 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Andrew74 - Welcome to the community & thank you for joining. You will find people here both friendly & supportive, so I do hope you enjoy being part of the community. Please do look around & join in with the discussions if you wish, as well as chat here any time. As Cher says, the virtual 'Coffee lounge' is where there's more light-hearted chat, & a good place to meet others. Do have a look. :)
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 10,679 Scope community team
    Hi @Andrew74, great to have you with us! :)
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  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 5,270 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Andrew74 Welcome to the community glad you have joined us here.

    Lots of people suffer with depression and anxiety especially when coming to terms with a disability

    I had a short period myself coming to terms with having an amputation 3 years ago, most of the stress however came from claiming benefits, giving up work, having to find a new house, and my marriage breaking down

    There was a lot to deal with all at the same time, however things started to get back on track and now I have adjusted and created a new life for me and my son

    Come and chat anytime I am sure others will share their expiences yoo
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