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Where to go online to find new friends offline?
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TOPIC: Where to go online to find new friends offline?

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Where to go online to find new friends offline? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hi.

I have ocd,cfs,I'm agoraphobic and live on my own.In 2006 I discovered that I was alone.I had friends online in various yahoo support and interests groups and various forums.But,one thing I didnt have was a friend or 2 I could talk on the phone to and someone who could visit me.That still hasnt changed.All of my online friends were overseas.I couldnt find anyone here near me just to ask over for coffee.Its still not happening.

I need to find friends.This time locally.I'm open to suggestions.

Just remember,I live in Australia.

Chris.
 
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Re:Where to go online to find new friends offline? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Welcome Chris, I'm glad you found us. You're very lucky to have a great network of friends online that can take your mind off of your anxiety when needed. That's one thing about agoraphobia; the inability to leave your home that makes it difficult to achieve your goal.

First of all, therapy is needed to help you step outside. It may take awhile and entails hard work. There are therapists who specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy who make house calls because of your specific disorder. Otherwise, it would be very difficult to find people willing to come to your home to sit and chat with.

Afterwards, please look into your government and community resources to see if they have anxiey support groups there, somewhat like a 12-step program. When I was in a 12-step group, we formed a social network that would enjoy coffee at a nearby bistro after meetings, be available for phone talk and do fun activities where talking anxiety and panic was not allowed.

If you're already in therapy, ask your Dr. or Therapist if group sessions are available. Your church can be of help. You can stay low-key and ask your Pastor if there are members who make house-calls. I know of many religious groups that do.

Keep in mind that people online are strangers. Keep to these safe access to face-to-face support. Always stay within groups and a couple of selected "friends" for brief meetings at your home or elsewhere. These are ways that I garnered support after Rehab. I hope you can find the personal support you need. Hope this helps . . . hugs
 
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Re:Where to go online to find new friends offline? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hi.Thank you yourt reply.

I spend a lot of time online.Thats where my life is due to my problems.My friends are on my computer screen.I need to get out from this and have people with me.I discovered this in 2006 when I reached a point in my life that as I couyld gop online due to ocd I was alone.The reality hit home thart I was alone.I needed people here in my home not on a computer.When you have health problems such as ocd and it takes you to the pits of despair your computer is next to useless.Lonelines is a an experience you dont forget.

As I mentioned,I couldnt find people locally.Even now the services I need just havent helped to the extent I need.I spend less time on the computer now because I dont want to look at the screen for companions.I have run up huge phone bills trying to ring local services,etc.All I got was a collection of more phone numbers and a heftier phone bill.

I resorted to putting going on facebook because I made the progress to do that.I am looking for people through my facebook page because I'm on my own too much.People I had known throughout my life are the ones I'm looking for.

I dont have therapy.I'm being treated by a chiropractor that specialises in muscle testing techniques.By doing this I'm getting my body and brain functioning and repaired from ocd.Thats why I'm recovering.I'm on my way to being CURED.He does home visits due to ocd,cfs,agoraphobia.I'm tempted to buy one of those electric powered scooters that you dont need a licence for so I can get out a lot.

Chris.
 
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Re:Where to go online to find new friends offline? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Great idea . . . anything to take you outside of the walls of agoraphobia.
 
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