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I Battle Depression and Anxiety

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    I got a cat around a month ago,

    and it's been really life changing. Having her curl up next to me in bed, or wake me up the morning with meows and taps has taken my mind off of how lonely I am. I've been having less thoughts about death and just less negative thoughts in general. Pets are therapeutic.
    sansabri sansabri 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 8

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    I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas

    or a Happy Holiday this year! I know it's a struggle for those of us who suffer from depression or have great amounts of anxiety. Just remember to get up in the morning,breathe and be strong. Lots of love to all!
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 24, 2014

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    I think I may suffer from depression and/or

    anxiety....I don't know any signs or symptoms and I don't want to look any up and self diagnose myself...both of these are very serious conditions and I don't want to jump to any conclusions. I'm just very confused and lost.
    SouthernBell1020 SouthernBell1020 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I'm proud of my self

    for leaving my bedroom and got ready and just went to my local shopping centre for a walk and just to get some fresh air and try to face the world...I'm sweating like crazy but I'm trying to face my demons if I can do it so can you it's really hard took me guts to do this all by...
    pardz pardz 22-25, M 3 Responses Apr 29, 2014

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    An Open Letter To All Who Suffer

     An Open Letter to All Who Suffer I know…  I have suffered from depression and despair since I was seven years old and my mother tried to kill herself the first time.  I know how deep a person can sink when they believe the whole world is piled up on...
    LonghornFan LonghornFan 56-60, M 21 Responses Jan 5, 2010

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    I make such horrible impulsive decisions.

    . I've succeeded at ruining my life because of these decisions.. I feel so alone, jus wish I didn't have to live life anymore... I'm so depressed.. My eyes burn from crying and not sleeping.. Saw the guy I like at this bar yesterday; he knows I go there every Tuesday, and he...
    n1n74 n1n74 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    "Just change your attitude.

    Change the way you think about things." How? You make it sound simple.
    BlackRosesAmongLilies BlackRosesAmongLilies 13-15 2 Responses Mar 18

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    ashleymac96 ashleymac96 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 8

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    My biggest fear is that you will see me .

    ........ the way I see myself.
    Erinjessica Erinjessica 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 20

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    Going to the doctor in the morning

    for my evaluation for my antidepressant. Wish me luck.
    Lovelybaby18 Lovelybaby18 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    You let certain people into your life

    and you think they will be a true friend to you always... but they always end up hurting you even when you think they act like they'll be there.. they won't.
    Euphorialbeauty23 Euphorialbeauty23 22-25, F 8 Responses Jun 13, 2014

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    Depression is like sitting in the corner of a

    crowded room watching everyone around you enjoy life while you struggle to remember what you are living for...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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    phaselove86 phaselove86 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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    It's really bad tonight.

    I never know what to do in these drowning moments. I feel like screaming until my voice disappears. More than anything I would like to sleep. And not have my heart racing like this.
    TooLateForEdelweiss TooLateForEdelweiss 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 15, 2014

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    A great song to check out: Gabrielle

    Aplin-Lying to the mirror
    magickmegs magickmegs 26-30, F Apr 10

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    Depression/Anxiety

    Well, it's four o'clock in the morning and I am online researching how to make this depression go away. I google and google and I find this website and decide to share my story. This is pretty much every night these days. In March 2006, my friend died in an accident. I was best...
    depressionhurts98 depressionhurts98 18-21, F 71 Responses Nov 20, 2007

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    Gloom and doom is always lingering

    as of lately. I want out of this so bad. I am angry at people for being people. Disgusted with myself. The world is an ugly place. I don't trust, I can't smile. This is not the me I want to be. I don't want to feel this pain any longer. I just want to feel awake again. And I...
    Femmeheartsoul Femmeheartsoul 36-40, F 4 Responses Sep 28, 2014

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    I just wanna meet one person

    who will Come into my life and not hurt me , and never leave .. 😔😢 struggling with anxiety and debating whether to end it all or just suck it up .
    pinkkbeautyy pinkkbeautyy 22-25, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Depression is feeling like you've lost something

    but having no clue when or where you had it. Then one day you realize what you lost is yourself.
    Erinjessica Erinjessica 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 5, 2014

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    I Am Alive

    Here I am searching through the fog. The fog is so thick I can't see where I'm going and I don't know where I'm at, but I am alive. I look behind me into my past and I can see most of where I have been. I see people I care for, people I miss, some good memories, but the hideous...
    keeva keeva 46-50, F 15 Responses Nov 30, 2012

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    Is life really beautiful

    or do we say that lie and repeat it in our heads until we believe it like we have done with love, religion, peace, etc? The answer will always be: Life is not beautiful, but, what is the meaning of beautiful? Do we only see it the aesthetic way? Or do we see it like a picture...
    DeniedWings DeniedWings 18-21, M 10 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    Last Friday I tried to commit suicide,

    and because of that I'm now in a mental hospital because they don't think I'm stable. The doctors here says, that I'm suffering from depression and social anxiety. Have any of you tried something familiar?
    josieee1 josieee1 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    My anxiety can be described

    as a visious circle of wanting help, but being afraid that if I do seek medical help I'll end up as just another medicated statistic.....the thought of therapy terrifies me cause I lived with a psychology student who figured she understood everything about disorders. In reality...
    SilverCatalyst SilverCatalyst 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 8

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    The depression was first.

    Age 13. Drugs worked never. Never enough. My body defeats them. Placebo effect left. Depression plus facts caused that. My body expels meds. But lets air conditioners give me colds. But. Helping others cope came. And won me pals. Not wealthy...
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Apr 3

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    3 shades: Black White & Grey What are the

    colors of the rainbow? Most eyes see a vibrant world painted by the full color spectrum soaking up the light prisms as they cast wavelengths of different variations and shades to create primary and secondary colors. The chapters of my life story are colorblind. My world consists...
    writingmyrelease writingmyrelease 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2014

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    I HAVE battled...now I am ready to give up the

    fight.. I am tired of trying.. I have enough.. My EP friends have helped me, but now I think they are getting tired of me feeling down and depressed.. Which I understand as I am sick if it too.. They said:'What can I do to help?' Well, I don't know what they can do..if I knew I...
    Sorrentina Sorrentina 41-45, F 8 Responses 4 days ago

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    If you’re feeling suicidal,

    please read this first. Wanna kill yourself? Imagine this. You come home from school one day. You’ve had yet another horrible day. You’re just ready to give up. So you go to your room, close the door, and take out that suicide note you’ve written and rewritten over and...
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 8 Responses May 8, 2014

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    Depression.

    You know when your so depressed, you just wanna stay home all day in your blankies, not do anything, and just die in your bubble of self pity?Thats the depression I have right now. I just feel like giving up everything and saying "**** it world goodbye" because I know if I die...
    oreosnow oreosnow 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 3, 2013

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    Hopefully some of my friends here will see this

    in their feed ... I'm not ignoring you. I'm kinda overwhelmed at work and at home. I want to write some long messages but I never feel I have enough time to write them properly, so I don't. I hope you understand.
    scrimshaw scrimshaw 41-45, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    Sometimes I really have to fight back the urge

    to break down into tears, and especially when I am at work. Many times I'll just be working and suddenly become completely consumed by grief and sorrow. It's becoming increasingly more difficult to hide my tears. I wish things weren't this way. I wish that things would improve...
    DarkestDespair DarkestDespair 36-40, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    does anyone else feel numb

    and distant alot of the time? like youre there, but youre not?
    deathbecomesher89 deathbecomesher89 26-30, F 12 Responses Feb 6, 2014

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    How is it even possible to hurt SO bad

    for SO long?? 3 years living inside the nightmare now. Will it EVER end?
    LookingForTheSunshine LookingForTheSunshine 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    I hate how much I hate my life,

    I consider just ending it all every day, and I'm sure the only reason I am alive is because I can't stand the thought of causing any pain to my family, people say there are painless ways to kill yourself but there aren't someone is always going I get hurt. So I'm stuck living in...
    JustJess97 JustJess97 16-17, F 8 Responses Jul 4, 2014

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    Here's a poem which I find particularly helpful

    and generally good to have in mind. It's called "Hope for the Suffering Heart", and it's by Joseph Kemper. "While the pain reigns and fear rules My heart cries out, is there no end Long after the words have ceased The voices echo in my ears Tearing deep into my heart Till it...
    somniatorlupus somniatorlupus 18-21, M Apr 6

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    I Am My Own Hostage.

    For the average person, getting out of bed & getting ready for the day is a normal, worry free morning routine. But for many of us just the sound of the alarm clock is that dreaded noise that reminds us that we must struggle through another uncomfortable, meaningless day full of...
    dublingal5 dublingal5 41-45, F 6 Responses Aug 21, 2013

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    After every upswing is a downswing

    and this one has put me so low I'm going to need a latter to get out of this hole.
    camillem33 camillem33 16-17, F Apr 11

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    Will someone please pray

    for me, and those who don't believe in prayer, at least hope for me? I have to work a 7 hour shift today and with my current mental health issues, work is terribly difficult. I can't function. My anxiety makes me terribly irritable and my depression makes me severely tired...
    InvaderNice InvaderNice 18-21, M 14 Responses Mar 29

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    Rapid cycling bipolar disorder.

    Body defeats most meds. Some made me worse. So. Every minute is. Up. Down. Up. Down. If my body could exercise like that. Me would be closer to sexy looking. Lmao.
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    I've battled depression

    and anxiety for as long as I can remember. I have it a bit more under control these days but I still have moments when it all just goes to hell again for a few days at a time.
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 11

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    There isn't anybody in my life right

    now that understands the extent of my condition. Nobody that knows about the trips/days in hospital. I spent the night making sure my dad and brother were alright. And now I could walk out without anybody knowing. And never come back.
    Smithsfan Smithsfan 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    I started to feel self conscious about how I

    looked close to a year ago. One day I had just come out of the shower and stared at myself in the mirror. Since that day on I've been obsessed with picking out imperfections about my body. I am 6ft 1 and am tired of the comments being hurled at me. Only my girlfriend knows I am...
    anonymous341998 anonymous341998 18-21, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    The worse feeling is

    when something is killing you inside, and you have to act like you don't care...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 2

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    But hunting coping skills helped.

    When needed badly. EP Link
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Apr 10

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    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M 1 day ago

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    Arsidone. http://youtu.

    be/vw5lwK9UAY8
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Apr 5

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    I took this photo earlier

    when I was out on a walk to distract myself from panicking. It's beautiful. I live near the countryside so walking up fields with my dogs really helps calm me down.
    gh0st13 gh0st13 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 11, 2014

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