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Please help me. I am fairly strong and I have been in therapy during hard times in my life but my doctor retired years ago I am going through a crisis of grief, isolation, friends not being there and serious anxiety and depression and I cannot wrangle it and I don’t have any money to see a regular therapist. I feel so alone and I’ve not been able to wrangle it no matter how bad it is. I don’t know what to do anymore. I feel very alone I reach out to people but they don’t seem to realize that support is one of the main cornerstones in life.

Anxiety, Depression, OCD and PTSD

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I could not agree with you more, support is one of the cornerstones in coping and in life. I am going to make a bold and perhaps unusual suggestion, but I believe it may be the most direct way for you to get the help you need. Your resilience in continually searching is impressive and highly commendable, and I think it may be time to try an Al-Anon meeting in your area. This twelve-step program for family and friends of people struggling with alcohol has a network of support and nurturance that is instantly available, and in your area, there are many opportunities for a meeting. Check the Al-Anon website to find meetings close by.

Even if alcohol was not in your family and friend circles I suggest going to an open meeting to make some connections. An open meeting means just that — that anyone can go. I would go and see how you like it, and try a few as each one is different. If you have a person you have had to deal with that was a problem drinker this may be just the group. There are no fees associated with these programs. There are other twelve-step programs, but this one has a very wide acceptance and it has the power to get you connected to the most important resource we have —  Other people.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Anxiety, Depression, OCD and PTSD

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Anxiety, Depression, OCD and PTSD. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 19, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2018/11/24/anxiety-depression-ocd-and-ptsd/
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