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First post, found this forum on google and I've been lurking for a while.
I'm currently working through depression but over the past 8 months I've driven most of my friends away (irreparably so I'm afraid) and I've been left with only 2 who are more reclusive than I am! This is actually proving a problem with the depression, I thrive when I am with people and loathe every day I spend without talking to anyone that I actually want to know (Since I work in a customer service focused job I talk to people all day, but that doesn't count for me)
So my question is how do you rebuild your circle of friends? I'm quite shy and socially awkward so I'm not one to just walk up to someone and start chatting.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, don't know where to turn to anymore.
I have done this. I now have a large circle of vary good friends. Some I would call Family.
I put myself in this same spot. Didn't have anyone close. Talked to people all day but only work related. Then I reached a hand out to help a guy in need. From there I refused to get cought in the same line of thinking. So I grew as an individual and let others in again.
That's what it comes down to. Nothing outside of yourself is stopping you. It is all enternal. Once you realize and enternalize this. You can start to let the outside back in.
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I deal with alot of anxiety and depression. Sometimes the only thing that can get me out and about doing what I am suppose to be doing that day is a 2mg Xanax. I am afraid that some people are just prisoners of their own mind. Use that time you spend alone to learn and create things that your interested in. Its not always a bad thing to be on your own. You will be lucky if you find one true friend in a lifetime.
I mean I know It will get better and stuff, I'm just looking for specific advice on how to rebuild my circle of friends. I'm into loads of nerdy stuff and I'd like to find like minded people but I just don't know where to start.
Its quite overwhelming, after doing damage control and realising you've pushed most of your friends away you realise you are going to have to find a whole new group of friends, and for someone that's as socially awkward as I am It sounds almost impossible.
Yea, pulling teeth indeed. Very hard to cope with when all your family is miles away in another country! Never been very close to them but at least they provide company.
I guess those things sound like they could work but most of my interests don't have clubs I could join. And the shows thing is really something that would work but I don't feel comfortable approaching strangers :/ I guess its more of a problem with self confidence than opportunity in a way.