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2 minutes ago, mOtOcHiCk said:

Hi all,

In the last week or so we lost a fellow rider here in SA to the black dog.

He was a wealthy businessman and always had a great time with many adventures on the bike. We were all very shocked and saddened. I truely hope that anyone reading this who is having any thoughts along these lines knows that even an acquaintance out on a ride would listen if there was just some way that the person could just speak up. Show a sign of struggle and somehow branch out to someone. Somewhere.

Easier said than done I guess.

Sorry to hear Heids!

Thanks for sharing!!

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We have had a couple of ongoing health problems in my family over the past year and a half and have been seeing a gut specialist to help us (big thanks to @Urustu for putting us onto him). It is amazing that the science community is still only scratching the surface as to the make up of our bodies and how seemingly innocuous bodily functions/processes can effect totally different parts of the body. Our health problems are different to the below link from the ABC show Catalyst, but when I watched this episode, I instantly thought of this thread and hope that it could be helpful to someone.

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4796770.htm

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Hey guys. Just checking in to see how everyone is doing. Yes I know I’ve been off the radar for a while. And it’s almost 18mths since my last ride. Hoping to fix that soon. Just wanting to say that you are a good bunch of guys, it’s rare to find groups who look out for one another. Jimbob

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Hey guys. Just checking in to see how everyone is doing. Yes I know I’ve been off the radar for a while. And it’s almost 18mths since my last ride. Hoping to fix that soon. Just wanting to say that you are a good bunch of guys, it’s rare to find groups who look out for one another. Jimbob
Hope the new job is going well mate
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Hello all,

Read many of your stories, me, well I was diagnosed with major clinical depression quite a while ago, anxiety is in there as well. It’s something I have to live with but medication has taken care of much of the chemical imbalances.

So while I’m much better physiologically, psychological support from my fabulous wife, our small awesome fluffy white hounds, friends and so on has been critical in staying healthy. I’m fortunate to be able to have regular check ins with a psychologist. 

If you haven’t sought out professional help I can personally recommend seeing your GP and having a Mental Health Plan set up. Under one of these you can get 10 sessions with a psyche with a lot of the cost being picked up by the government.

To put my story into context at my worst living life became more frightening than death. Enough of that though.

I returned to dirt bike riding at the start of this year after more than 30 years. I love it, it’s been a terrific way of keeping my head healthy.

I do most of my trail riding during the traditional working week, so far all of this has been at Toolangi, if any of you are available for midweek rides let me know and we can arrange something.

In closing, speak out about this, many suffer in silence alone. Show others that it can be safe to speak about this aweful condition, let people see you can live a productive, happy and fulfilling life.

 

Gerald

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Wow, this is a thread i haven’t read, almost shocked to realize how many of us have been in the same boat.

I personally have been medicated for years for anxiety/depression, besides the weight gain it’s worked wonders for me tbh now days im happy as a pig in shit, although the thought of cutting back, kicking the meds kinda scares the shit out of me, the thought of falling back into that hole has made me accept id rather be fat and happy than anything else.

If any of you fellas are stuck in the black hole of shit rest assured, once you hit rock bottom THE ONLY WAY IS UP!

Anyone feeling the pinch of this rotten illness feel free to hit me up for a ride, chat or both.

Its a terrible feeling and you can’t just “snap out of it” but there are lots of things you can do to start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Here to help anyone that needs it.

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Probably a good time to bump this Fro. Over the past 2 years we have been in and out of the Royal Childrens seeing specialists, trying all sorts of tests, undergoing gut health treatment and just about everything else to try and figure out what is wrong with my now 7 year old son Jack. Long story short he has been diagnosed with anxiety maybe halfway throughout this year. Since then he has been seeing a councilor and that has helped him but just recently he has now been diagnosed with depression to go with his anxiety. Obviously the average punter doesn't understand depression and anxiety but I believe with threads like this and the fact that people are a lot more open about it in society these days then we have a small understanding of what someone may battle with. How the hell am I supposed to understand how a 7 year old is being effected by it? They are supposed to be playing lego, riding dirtbikes and reading books, not having to deal with the weight of the world on their shoulders.

The councilor he is seeing is great and Jack really likes her but we lose her at the end of the year so he will have to see a new one and start again next year. She has given us aides to help him going forward and believe it or not, challenging him is the one thing that keeps coming up. So that means that I actually have to force him to go riding his dirtbike as his anxiety levels are through the roof on the way their and when getting geared up but once he is out there, I struggle to get him off of his bike. When we go home he wants to wear his gear and is stoked to have been riding and wants to go again the next day. Next time we go riding it is the same story all over again. We have to keep challenging him in many ways to try help his anxiety. The depression, well we are only just starting with that............

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5 minutes ago, MrNoodle said:

Probably a good time to bump this Fro. Over the past 2 years we have been in and out of the Royal Childrens seeing specialists, trying all sorts of tests, undergoing gut health treatment and just about everything else to try and figure out what is wrong with my now 7 year old son Jack. Long story short he has been diagnosed with anxiety maybe halfway throughout this year. Since then he has been seeing a councilor and that has helped him but just recently he has now been diagnosed with depression to go with his anxiety. Obviously the average punter doesn't understand depression and anxiety but I believe with threads like this and the fact that people are a lot more open about it in society these days then we have a small understanding of what someone may battle with. How the hell am I supposed to understand how a 7 year old is being effected by it? They are supposed to be playing lego, riding dirtbikes and reading books, not having to deal with the weight of the world on their shoulders.

The councilor he is seeing is great and Jack really likes her but we lose her at the end of the year so he will have to see a new one and start again next year. She has given us aides to help him going forward and believe it or not, challenging him is the one thing that keeps coming up. So that means that I actually have to force him to go riding his dirtbike as his anxiety levels are through the roof on the way their and when getting geared up but once he is out there, I struggle to get him off of his bike. When we go home he wants to wear his gear and is stoked to have been riding and wants to go again the next day. Next time we go riding it is the same story all over again. We have to keep challenging him in many ways to try help his anxiety. The depression, well we are only just starting with that............

MrNoodle, Im sorry to hear that you and your family are going through this, it’s horrible mate, no one has answers especially when it comes to kids.

 

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Probably a good time to bump this Fro. Over the past 2 years we have been in and out of the Royal Childrens seeing specialists, trying all sorts of tests, undergoing gut health treatment and just about everything else to try and figure out what is wrong with my now 7 year old son Jack. Long story short he has been diagnosed with anxiety maybe halfway throughout this year. Since then he has been seeing a councilor and that has helped him but just recently he has now been diagnosed with depression to go with his anxiety. Obviously the average punter doesn't understand depression and anxiety but I believe with threads like this and the fact that people are a lot more open about it in society these days then we have a small understanding of what someone may battle with. How the hell am I supposed to understand how a 7 year old is being effected by it? They are supposed to be playing lego, riding dirtbikes and reading books, not having to deal with the weight of the world on their shoulders.

The councilor he is seeing is great and Jack really likes her but we lose her at the end of the year so he will have to see a new one and start again next year. She has given us aides to help him going forward and believe it or not, challenging him is the one thing that keeps coming up. So that means that I actually have to force him to go riding his dirtbike as his anxiety levels are through the roof on the way their and when getting geared up but once he is out there, I struggle to get him off of his bike. When we go home he wants to wear his gear and is stoked to have been riding and wants to go again the next day. Next time we go riding it is the same story all over again. We have to keep challenging him in many ways to try help his anxiety. The depression, well we are only just starting with that............

Hey Noods,

I am currently off the bike due to seeking help thanks to advice from hoff300 and hitting a psychological wall a month ago. After speaking to my GP and then to a professional in the field I too am now medicated for anxiety and depression. This is the first time Ive felt normal ha ha for 30 years and my family are benefiting greatly aswelk. There is help out there people.

 

In regards to your son Noods I have a son that was diagnosed with Aspergers

around the age of 7 and is now 12. Part of this is dealing with very high anxiety mood changes meltdowns and sleep deprivation.I feel your pain mate its bloody hard when you cant just make them better. PM me if you have any questions mate.

 

If I ever get back on the bike I would like to organise a ride raising awareness,maybe call it Chasing The Black Dog Ride.

 

Thank you hoff300 and the Dirtriderz community.

 

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Well done Andy!!! It take time but your on the right track.

Thanks buddy. It was definitely time for some mental maintenance,we service and maintain our bikes far more than our bodies. Its my shout for Gatorades next ride

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Timely thread revival. This time of year is hard on a lot of people

I’ve just reread this again after perhaps 2 years and commend those that are sharing their story. While not in the correct head space to share my story at the moment, This has helped and I’m sure that this thread has helped many others as well

To me, “sharing” can be problematic and I’m not sold on celebrities touting this as a critical step in recovery (unless at immediate danger of harm). Sometimes it just makes others feel better as they can perhaps feel that they help in some well meaning way and are more informed on your situation. Actual benefit beyond sharing with immediate, trusted loved ones, select mates or medical professionals is debatable to me, but then again this is my perspective with my current mindset.

I might think differently in the future but right now I don’t need people to treat me differently. My workplace in particular has placed a lot of emphasis on this and mental health, but until a GM comes clean with a significant mental health journey, it’s all a smokescreen to me

That said, I believe the semi anonymity of this forum is perfect for such sharing and honest discussion and it’s fantastic to see the support out there

Sorry for the negative aspects of this post and I hope it doesn’t offend anyone

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6 men die by suicide each day. The new 'Beyond the Emergency' research reveals this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Released today, the research from Turning Point Australia, Monash University, Beyond Blue and Movember Foundation Australia, reveals our paramedics see many suicidal behaviours that aren’t captured in hospital data.

Learn more: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/about-us/about-our-work/suicide-prevention/beyond-the-emergency

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Not sure how many pod cast listeners there are out there,

But, i have been listening to some very cool pod casts lately to do with mental health etc etc etc

Well worth a listen.

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Oh, and tomorrow kicks off "Mens Health Week 2020"

Ideal time to go see your GP if your not feeling flash etc

Have a good week all.

👊🙏

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