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Topic: Nothing to look forward to

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  1. youngperson183
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    2 April 2019
    This weekend I turned 18 and had the most amazing time, but since then I have been feeling really really down. It suddenly feels like I have nothing to look forward to. Last year I was looking forward to getting my licence, going to europe, graduating, finishing the hsc, going away for christmas, starting uni and then my 18th birthday. And now, I feel lost. My boyfriend is going to europe this year with his friends and I am so happy for him. Now I just feel like I only have things not to look forward to, exams, winter, him going away, my parents cutting off support to me because i’m 18 now. I’m just feeling really scared and I am not excited about the future. (I have being diagnosed with GAD, my mum and sister have depression)
  2. PamelaR
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    2 April 2019 in reply to youngperson183

    Hi Youngperson183 and warm welcome to our forums

    Turning 18 is a big thing. There are so many changes in your life - as you've pointed out above. I'm not a health professional, just someone who lives with anxiety and depression.

    Change can bring on my anxiety. Maybe that's happening to you. Those a big life changes you are going through:

    finishing school

    no longer having support from your parents

    lack of things to do (e.g. studying for exams)

    boyfriend going away

    All these types of situations can set of our anxiety. I know it does mine. The changes in my life set of my anxiety significantly - retired recently and therefore have no long term prospects for an income (other than the pension eventually), reducing spending after a lifetime of a wage coming in, inactive mind that has been working for 50 years). So I do understand how you are feeling.

    Do you have anyone you can talk to? For example a close trusted friend or family member. Someone who will understand how you're feeling. Since you've been diagnosed with GAD, have you been back to your doctor to let them know what's happening? Do you see a health professional, e.g. a psychologist? I find my psychologist is someone to go to when I feel my anxiety starts to get out of control.

    Something else to think about is - there are lots of self help tips throughout our forums. Have you browsed or searched through these yet? There are some good stories shared by people who experience similar things to yourself.

    What sorts of things interest you, e.g. sports, movies, books?

    Kind regards

    PamelaR