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I Have a Mental Illness

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    I Suffer From Severe Depression And Ptsd

    I was first hospitalized for suicidal behavior at age 13. I was then diagnosed with severe depression and PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder. It's completely ruined my life! I am afraid to be close to anyone, and I can't stop being scared no matter how hard I...
    college101 college101 31-35, F 11 Responses Oct 24, 2009

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    I have MPD/DID. It's hard to live a real life.

    I can't focus enough. I don't have distinct personalities that I know take over. But I know I'm more than one person. How do other ppl cope? I stopped meds n therapy years ago. Was sick of that. I want to live but I keep getting suicidal depressive episodes that take over. And I...
    Ludavin Ludavin 46-50, F 4 Responses Jul 22

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    I Have Bipolar Disorder.

    This is something that I find not easy to talk or write about. Society in general tends to see mental illness as different to other physical illnesses. We all know of the remarks; kids grow up with them; looney, mad, crazy. An illness of the brain is seen as different to an...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Sep 23, 2013

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    Journey To Recovery

    When I experienced my first battle with depression, I was eleven years old. I could never accept that I had it at first. I would make up many excuses; I’m too young, it’s just a low mood etc. It all makes sense now, I had struggled with panic disorder since I was eight and it...
    milzmouse milzmouse 16-17, F Mar 18, 2013

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    My official diagnosis is bipolar 1 disorder

    with mixed anxiety intermittent explosive anger and post traumatic stress disorder, But I still got denied social security disability go figure. But denial and rejection has been the theme of my life. In all honesty I've never fit in anywhere ever. Even as a young child I...
    dybbukbox dybbukbox 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 7

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    Hello guys I'm 16, it all started last year I

    went to a rave & people started offering me bars & blunts, well I didn't want to look like a wuss so I took a blunt & smoked it, everyone started liking me, I felt cool you know, I wasn't really addicted to so I stopped, this year in spring break a buddy of mine asked me to go...
    Joman9 Joman9 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 16

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    Had Anxiety ever since I was twelve I'm

    fourteen now but it doesn't seem to get any better.
    Higgins14 Higgins14 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 8

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    My Story Of Schizophrenia And Bullimia

    I grew up as a really happy, outgoing child. Nothing ever really had seemed to bother me. I had a great imagination and always used to make people laugh. As the years went by my family started to fall apart, I had lost two siblings in a matter of 8months which sent my mother and...
    Skye90 Skye90 22-25, F 11 Responses Nov 30, 2012

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    Hello.my names Alex and i have schizoaffective

    disorder, its a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar or depression in my case its depression. it feels so strange when i think back on how mentally unstable i use to be.im alot better now and i take my medication. and heres my youtube if anyone is interested in seeing me...
    weirdalex21 weirdalex21 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 9

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    I'm not really sure that what I have can be

    classified under anything specific.. I have 26 (and counting) voices in my head...? I mean, they all have there stories and personalities and they treat me as part of their little family. My "father" Maxwell is rich but he's really funny and silly like a child but still really...
    HaHaHarleyQuinn HaHaHarleyQuinn 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 7

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    Im just wondering has anyone else this problem?

    Im scared to go to school or go places that are quite because i get this feeling that im going to say out something bad when i shouldnt for example im scared ill shout out that i have depression and that i wanna kill myself.. Like i didnt go to school cause i didnt want to sit...
    amyslatts amyslatts 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 11

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    How Much Can You Give Your Mentally Ill Relative?

    Problems deciding how (or whether) to help with family members with mental illness are difficult to sort out. There are all kinds of considerations -- obligations, moral choices and personal need being only a few biggies. My position is that I will always urge a family member to...
    wundayatta wundayatta 56-60, M 8 Responses Jun 24, 2010

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    Paranoid schizophrenia.

    Had it for a long time now. I don't like it when some people pretend they have it just to get sympathy or sound cool, schizophrenia is terrifying sometimes. But at the same time I do believe I sometimes see, notice or hear important things other people can't. My therapist treats...
    Roslein Roslein 18-21, F 9 Responses Jul 4

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    On The Borderline...

    A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.. I had never heard of it.. On the border of what? Sanity and batshit crazy? Probably. but it was a relief to finally have a "name" for the emotional roller coaster is been on for so long. Imagine the emotions...
    SweetGG SweetGG 26-30, F 8 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    Aspergers

    If I showed you the real me would it still be the same? Explained Ive got a gun, but I've got no aim? No violence or love, just my conscience as a token. That its not my fault my compass is broken. I cant feel what you feel, but why cant I pretend? I know that I would...
    ShadowAce7125 ShadowAce7125 22-25, M 6 Responses Nov 5, 2009

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    What I hate most are the people

    who don't even have the disorder/illness/disease whatever you want to call it and they try to take over and tell you what to do. Like no, back up. If you don't have it, how should you know what I'm going through. Autism, A.D.H.D, Narcolepsy, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, you don't...
    usmcdaughter usmcdaughter 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 1

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    I have split personality disorder

    and it is becoming very difficult to remain one person all day. I'm feel like giving up I don't know where or who I am half the time. No insurance because due to all the ups n downs I cannot keep a with insurance I'm just TIRED
    enrichedreamer enrichedreamer 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 27

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    I want to start by saying

    that the people who think mental illnesses dont exist are ignorant and lucky because they cant even understand what its like. Anyway, i have serious anxiety that has lead to stomach ulcers. I have depression, panic (attack) disorder, and what my doctors have labeled as "early...
    Ellameno Ellameno 18-21, F 2 Responses May 24

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    I'm battling my mind every day,

    stuck inside the house because I'm terrified of the outside world. I'm on Prozac, but I still feel like the world is giving up on me, or already has given up on me. What I feel isn't just two-dimensional, I have so many things going on inside my head to do with stress, anxiety...
    pushmeunder pushmeunder 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 30

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    I Have Bipolar

    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, last year while travelling abroad. My episodes are very manic followed by depression once my medication (Lithium and Olanazepine) have stabilised me. Being ill in a psychiatric hospital in a foreign country made it even more traumatic...
    crazyone crazyone 21-25, F 12 Responses Jul 20, 2006

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    Evil Speaks Yet Do Not Listen

    So evil speaks to you and tells lies about you to make you feel BAD about yourself and pretends to be the voices of other people so you think that person is talking about you when they are not! Clever, but not so clever because I know and I have read parts of The Bible! People...
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    mandyownstimmy mandyownstimmy 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 30

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    I'm not getting the help I need.

    I'm stuck in the same spot I've been in for 3 months. Being stagnant is not human - we are made to change & adapt. I have a limited time on this planet, & I want to experience everything awe inspiring about it. Being trapped in my own mind redefined the word 'prison'.
    lindsaymaegan lindsaymaegan 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    Mihkowakayios Mihkowakayios 13-15, M Aug 8

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    I am OCD (of to be really obsessive,

    in alphabetical order, I'm CDO). The main manifestation of this is excessive hands washing. But there are other things I do, tidiness things...
    Gaspard91 Gaspard91 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 1

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    I've been through anxiety attacks to panic

    attacks & depression you see me still living, I don't know why Robbin Williams just ended his life, it shows money doesn't make you happy & I suppose his family didn't support him enough, honestly when you become an elder I think you become nicer & wanting to live life as long...
    Joman9 Joman9 16-17, M 3 Responses Aug 12

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    I have Adjustment Disorder with mixed anxiety

    and disorder, and yes I was diagnosed with it, not self-diagnosed. I feel depressed most of the times, I always get butterflies in my stomach for no reason, my throat gets really dry, and my hands are clammy all the time. I also get red in the face. I have a bunch of friends...
    xMikayla xMikayla 13-15, F 6 Responses Jul 23

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    Say Hello To My Little Friend.

    WHY DEPRESSION IS THE SUCKIEST ACQUAINTANCE OF ALL TIME. I have a friend. Well, he’s not a friend exactly. More of an unruly houseguest who always overstays his welcome. Never announces he’s coming. Always leaves the place a mess. His name is depression, & he’s a pain in...
    blehtolife blehtolife 22-25, F 19 Responses Mar 25, 2012

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    I am 25 years old and have emetophobia (a

    severe fear of vomiting) I have had it for 17 years. I have had anorexia on and off for the same amount of time due to restricting my eating to ensure I'm not sick. It has always restricted my life. I have never been out for a meal, had an alcoholic drink or even had chocolate...
    Missrebelsoul Missrebelsoul 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 8

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    I went to the nurse practitioner today

    and she wanted to put me on 3 different meds and I'm like Jesus why me ! My ******* brain is so frustrating. I have bi polar and I have not felt my highs in a long time I'm just loww :( it makes me feel boring and I just cry
    kpweant1 kpweant1 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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    Having A Mental Illness Is A Very Lonely Existance

    It is very hard to live a normal life with mental disabilites, and especially hard to make friends with them. I have bipolar, anxiety, post traumatic stress, borderline personality, dermatillomania, and fear of abandonment. Oh, I know how I developed these issues. I had a...
    iskykabibblez iskykabibblez 41-45, F 7 Responses Mar 20, 2012

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    Sometimes it's really hard,

    but I always need to keep going. I was hospitalized for two days for extreme panic attacks. The whole thing was absolute Hell. I've struggled with multiple mental illnesses including panic disorder, extreme OCD, anxiety, depression, ednos, and now I've been extremely angry and I...
    stephaanicole stephaanicole 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 5

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    I have major depression,

    along with some other labels. And the one thing I learned about having this illness is that you can't let it win. I would have episodes that made everything come crashing down. I would cry for hours and sometimes it would continue on to the next day. When I start seeing things...
    redhope redhope 18-21, F Jul 8

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    Trauma Recovery Is Scary!

    I am not one to say, "why me?!" People have had it a lot worse than I have in life. As I get older, I'm finding that therapy just isn't enough. My rage is accelerating at the injustices done to me and done to other children and women. I fear that I will take my own life in...
    Georgie1962 Georgie1962 51-55, F 3 Responses Aug 25, 2013

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    I have Asperger's Syndrome It helps me find it

    difficult to talk to girls in the real world that probably why I'm single but I can't change it I was born with it but it upsets me sometimes
    JonnyBurrows10 JonnyBurrows10 18-21, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I'm really bored... and it makes me sick

    that the first thing that popped into my head was cutting...
    PierceTheGreen PierceTheGreen 13-15, F Aug 19

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    Diagnosed with anxiety

    and body dysmorphia at the age of 15, I struggle most with body dysmorphia as I've learnt how to handle my anxiety a bit better, anyway I always regret eating after any meal, I've just eaten and I want to throw up, it's like as soon as I have a meal I gain so much weight, I...
    Nirvanagirl Nirvanagirl 16-17 Jul 14

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    I am writing a journal of my research of fear &

    what I'm still experiencing of my Depersonalization Disorder Fear Very few people don't understand why we are experiencing these disorders. "Why do I have this, why can't I be normal." Honestly I find it very amazing how I'm feeling fear, scared...
    Joman9 Joman9 16-17, M 4 Responses Aug 18

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    When the Japanese mend broken objects,

    they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when's something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful" Barbara Bloom
    SsMcGavin SsMcGavin 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 6

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    I suffer from anxiety

    and depression . I posted this to let everyone know that there not alone !
    adaytothehorizon adaytothehorizon 16-17, F 2 Responses May 15

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    I know im young, but i've experienced things

    that make me feel like im too young. They are mental illnesses but you'd jever expect that from a 13 year old, right? Well im here to tell my story and hope people can relate and talk to me about it. I first noticed bad anxiety when i was kindergarten. I was scares that whenever...
    blankaspaper blankaspaper 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 18

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    Today my psychiatrist told me: "Things are

    always going to be harder for you than for other people. You need to accept that you have a disability." I think that I have accepted this. I ask for and receive a lot of help. I wish that things were not so hard, though. Do any of you feel "disabled" by your mental illness?
    Babaghanouj Babaghanouj 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 14

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    My official diagnosis is borderline-rapid

    cycling manic depressive disorder with anxiety. For those who don't understand that completely it means I have borderline personality disorder and rapid cycling bipolar and I have panic attacks, the kind that leave you on the floor rocking back and forth mumbling things you don...
    SeraphineL SeraphineL 22-25, F Aug 3

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    Hi, I'm Eden, and I have problems: depression,

    schizophrenia, OCD, and symptoms seen in psychopaths and sociopaths. I feel terrified of myself. I can't believe that my brain sometimes thinks this way (sometimes I imagine killing people) and I tell myself to stop. It never works. My schizophrenia is probably my greatest fear...
    FlyingToHell FlyingToHell 13-15, F 6 Responses 3 days ago

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

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    Yes, Sadly, I'm Bipolar. ...

    Yes, sadly, I'm bipolar. Not treated at this time, due to a bad experience with the local state-run programme. Maybe if I ever get rich (yeah, right, dream on) I can pick my own person to treat me, who'll treat me like a human being and not a fall asleep during session, and yell...
    whovian whovian 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 1, 2007

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    i have MPD/DID... there are 8 personalities in

    my head.. i'm fine with it.. but everyone else thinks i'm crazy.. its hard to do mundane things like school.. i'm not allowed to drive until 6 months after my last blackout.. i have blackouts daily.. sometimes i don't wake up for a few days... i just ... become someone else for...
    nekkie nekkie 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 16

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    I have unclean thoughts.

    I'm scared of myself. I'm sadistic. And I don't want to be. "Change your thoughts, you change your life" Yeah. Not that easy. I swear I'm psychotic pretending to act sane. I don't want to be diagnosed with anything else.
    iMinnow iMinnow 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Tightness crushes my chest,

    And I can't breath, The only time I can escape, Is when I fall asleep. I fear the walls are closing in, Our time is passing by too slow, Or sometimes it feels as if there's nowhere to go. From high to low, And anxious to calm, From one pole to another, And trying to survive...
    Audrina14 Audrina14 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 17

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    friendjazzy friendjazzy 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    What makes me really upset

    and angry is when people make fun of mental ilness'. Poeple dont just randomly choose to feel like that, for attention or whatever reason some of ye think, they have no control over it happening to them.. I wouldnt wish it on a single person but dont dare ever judge something...
    amyslatts amyslatts 16-17, F 5 Responses Jun 27

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    It's so weird being in a psychology class

    and thinking I have "yep I have that" every time a new disorder is named, but it also helps you understand why you have those conditions it opens your mind to more than the words "you are depressed" you are now playing the psychiatrist and evaluating yourself figuring out why...
    nottheaveragegirl nottheaveragegirl 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 14

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    Anxiety attacks aren't

    so bad once you get the hang of it, like when it attacks me I just think "okay is this anxiety or it's panic?," lol depends on the symptoms so I'm like oh it's anxiety attack so I just sit & just wait till it goes away, then the after affect comes & I hate it takes a huge chunks...
    Joman9 Joman9 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 12

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