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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 don't know why I feel the way I do.

    It's not environmental. There is no reason I should feel this way. On paper my life is ******* awesome. But I'm depressed all the time and I feel I always have been. Went to the doc. Meds aren't working. Things are getting worse.
    YEGH YEGH 18-21, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    ashleymac96 ashleymac96 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 8

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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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    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M 3 days ago

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    raebaybrown raebaybrown 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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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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    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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    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 6 days ago

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    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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    Anxiety my whole life,

    depression since I was 11 years old. 4 years now. I take 20mg Prozac every day for depression, and half a tablet of clonazepam for anxiety. Prozac doesn't make me the happiest person alive, but I feel it does help me stay stable for day to day struggles like school. Clonazepam...
    PriscilaG PriscilaG 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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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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    Can you go to the hospital

    for just having really bad depression? Not feeling suicidal but just being severely depressed? Because I am severely depressed and I need something that'll help. This is the worst it's ever been .
    mariahhhh101 mariahhhh101 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 6

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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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    "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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    Do You Know How It Feels....

    ......to be put down and debased your whole ******* life? To be used and abused your whole ******* life? To be told you wasn't meant to be born and are ******* useless and are going to die soon? To be verbally, physically, mentally and emotionally abused amongst other types of...
    Lilith2013 Lilith2013 36-40, F 21 Responses Sep 14, 2013

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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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    I kicked depressions butt with JESUS !

    After many unsuccessful attempts nothing really worked until I prayed and called Jesus for help then my depression cleared within a week and never came back again! Hallelujah praise Jesus !
    ladyrasta ladyrasta 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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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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    Do people really understand someone

    who has an anxiety disorder? We all have anxiety. If you feel threatened in anyway, your heart starts to beat fast, adrenaline starts rushing through your body to do one of two things. Fight or flight. This is understandable when you are in “real” situations, like combat...
    Sparrowhawk1161 Sparrowhawk1161 51-55 5 Responses Jan 21, 2014

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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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    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 6 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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    Uplifting Depression: 15 Unexpected Lessons From Adversity

    1. Don’t ignore warning signals in your body. Frequent petty colds, stomach aches, and headaches may all be a sign of stress. 2. There is no need to be strong all the time, and even less of a need to maintain an image of strength in front of others. 3. Achievements and titles...
    roots2life roots2life 46-50, M 20 Responses Jan 15, 2012

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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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    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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    This is probably my biggest secret.

    I have been battling depression for well over two years now. For the last five, or six it has been on-again/off-again. I am tired of it. I don't even know who I am anymore. I remember when Robin Williams killed himself. I was furious and my first reaction was to mouth off at...
    JeanYuss JeanYuss 41-45, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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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 3 days ago

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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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    But hunting coping skills helped.

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

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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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    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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    mandy6b mandy6b 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 10

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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 Apr 12

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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 3 days ago

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    Been increasingly absent,

    and find it difficult to even try to be present and mindful. I have noticed the connection of this to anxiety, which has been high this past week. Even my dreams are unsettling. Today I had to keep moving to fight the urge to go back to bed and let the mindless state take over...
    squirrelbounce squirrelbounce 41-45, F 3 Responses Nov 30, 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 Apr 12

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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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    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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    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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    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