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I Have a Mental Illness

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    Mental illness changes you.

    You start to do things you always swore you'd never do. You get to a point you always sworw you'd never get to. You look back at who you used to think you were, and it makes you sad because you fear you've gone too far to ever go back. The desperation that comes with mental...
    RandomInkFlow RandomInkFlow 18-21, T 4 Responses Aug 27, 2015

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    Has anyone ever heard of

    or experienced depersonalization?
    Ssanabanana Ssanabanana 22-25, F 12 Responses Jan 15

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    If you have a mental illness.

    . Anything that makes you happy is clouded. It's black and white, there is no grey area. To find something, or someone that makes me truly happy is a rare occurrence. So when I find something, I don't plan on letting it get away that easily. I like my landlord.. Let's call him 'J...
    EverlyLeex EverlyLeex 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 18

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    I don't want to romanticise what I go through,

    but I also don't feel like I've been dealt ****** cards. it's a part of me, not the whole. every bag of popcorn has an un-popped kernel.
    twidle01 twidle01 26-30, F Jan 16

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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 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 27, 2014

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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, 2014

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    I'm not so sure about this

    but after i read many articles and medical site i think i suffer from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). It caused by unpleasant or grisly experience and also violence. When i was young, i often saw my dad hit my mom. But know they've been nice to each other. Though it...
    elishahr elishahr 18-21, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    I've been off of medication

    for several months. I went cold turkey when I found out I was pregnant. It was amazing not to be on meds and feel "normal". When I lost my baby I was numb, I couldn't cry. Now I'm back to being up and down. I have a mild form of bipolar and I think I need to go back on them. I...
    Audreydarling Audreydarling 26-30, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Hello! This is my personal story of living

    with schizophrenia: I used to tell people "I have a bad brain." I am not going to say I suffer from schizophrenia but rather I endure and cope with it. My name is Amy Kay and I have schizophrenia. I do not want to hurt others or myself. Neither do I hear voices and I no...
    Amyloukay Amyloukay 26-30, F 6 Responses Feb 10, 2015

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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 18-21, F 12 Responses Jul 20, 2006

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    You know what ****** me off?

    When people wish mental illnesses on themselves. As if having Depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Borderline Personality Disorder, Complex PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder is some kind of fun life to live. I am SO MUCH more than my mental disorders. I have spent...
    Inevitablyflawed Inevitablyflawed 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 30, 2015

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    Dear not mentally ill people trying to give me

    advice: If I had so much control over my illness that I "wouldn't let it affect me", I wouldn't be ******* ill. That is what illnesses do. Thank you
    Atmosfaerie Atmosfaerie 22-25 7 Responses Jun 17, 2015

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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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    I've been struggling with dissociative episodes,

    caused by traumatic abuses of my childhood. It's like being half conscious, and I feel no will to move. I'm heavy. I'm numb or depressed. It takes a deliberate effort to speak coherently. I want to let my boyfriend comfort me, but afraid of being a burden. I feel alone, because...
    malanxious malanxious 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 1

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    Remember the time you said "Son,

    it'll be alright." Remember the time you said "Son, it will be just fine." Well I'm waiting for the day that my mind says it's had enough And I pray that day comes soon so I can finally feel loved I just wanna feel loved I just wanna feel loved Remember the time I said "God, I...
    BrokeAssBxtch BrokeAssBxtch 18-21, F Jan 19

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    I am beginning to not worry

    as much about it. I guess you could say I choice not to treat it. I have borderline personality disorder. It ******* sucks because well, I just feel mentally exhausted the majority of the time but sometimes when I inhale I can actually smell the air instead of constantly...
    ashless ashless 22-25, F 3 Responses May 13, 2015

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    I literally hate change

    so much, I get a little upset when the seasons change. -_-
    haileyx3 haileyx3 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 28

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    sarahbear420 sarahbear420 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 26, 2015

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    I can't look in the mirror without feeling like

    a lot is missing. I always feel like I'm very unattractive... I don't say it for attention, I've felt that way almost all my life. lately I haven't been able to look in the mirror without wanting to cry. I always think of ways I can look better. lose weight, wear make up...
    xdizzybutterflyx xdizzybutterflyx 18-21, F 10 Responses Sep 28, 2015

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    I need someone to rant at.

    I can't take how terrible life is.
    Dawhead Dawhead 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 23

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    I've been through alote in life.

    Things that should not happen to children. Anyway, I'm a wanderer and never talk about my personal feelings because I don't want to bother anybody, besides my mother is mentally fifteen and always complaints about her depression, I have to show her constantly that life is worth...
    Spacekeez Spacekeez 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 7

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    I have just been rang by my care coordinator

    being short with me because I haven't rang to say I'm out of hospital or I didn't tell her I was in hospital I'm fuming I had more than enough on my plate being diagnosed with a rare form of Ms that I didn't think to ring her I'm pissed off
    binxxy binxxy 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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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 10 Responses Nov 30, 2012

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    The ones they can't change,

    or brainwash they call mentally ill
    DarkKnightRanger DarkKnightRanger 26-30, M Jan 30

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    Okay let's get this done I have A personality

    disorder Bipolar ADD OCD Anxiety Had anorexia Had bulimia MD I think that's it. But I could be missing one. No wonder I'm single
    lexiamber lexiamber 18-21, F 13 Responses Nov 26, 2015

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    I don't get mad or sad anymore.

    My friend and stepbrothers make me laugh, but that's about it. I have been a hermit or recluse whatever the word is for about 15 years now I have very severe mental illness's like a some of people do too. I'm to scared to talk to strangers in person so I thought I'd try this.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I think I have schizophrenia,

    but I cannot talk to my psychiatrist about it, nor any of my family. I have a fear of doctors. I don't know what to do.
    Dawhead Dawhead 16-17, M 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    Feeling really empty

    and super bored!! I hate that feeling, or I guess lack of feelings. lol
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Sep 5, 2015

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    Myths about the top 10 most common mental

    illnesses: 10. Antisocial Personality Disorder: Myth: Somebody who avoids social interaction is “antisocial”. Truth: Many people refer to someone who is reluctant to participate in social situations as “antisocial”. In fact, these people are often pro-social. Antisocial...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 1, 2015

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    I wish I never told anyone about my mental

    illness I only have anxiety and depression, but now that I have a mental illness it feels like there is a stigma that follows me everywhere I go no matter what relationship I'm in whether family, friends or partners and I can't get away from it it hurts because I find people try...
    theincarnated1 theincarnated1 31-35 5 Responses May 20, 2015

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    I have just been diagnosed a couple weeks ago

    with anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder although i have had anxiety since a kid. I also deal with dissociation due to my anxiety but, lately I have been really encouraged to fight the Stigma against Mental Health and it kills me that nobody talks about it. Everyone who...
    AnxiousNoodle AnxiousNoodle 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    I don't know if I have a mental illness

    but I suffer from anxiety and don't like taking tablets for it as it will make me feel funny I have trouble taking medication only ibuprofen or paracetamol or I'll start pannicing I worry about everything I don't like my daughter earing lolly pops couse she might shoke I just...
    Pszkit1990 Pszkit1990 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    I have a question. Dose anyone get triggered by

    a celebrity death? I have with with Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, Robert Williams, I was actually in the hospital when he passed. And now caught myself with David Bowie. These are my idols and I'm always manic around their deaths. I was listening to his playlist today and a...
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 20

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    I have post traumatic stress,

    anxiety depression & borderline personality disorder and I'm okay with that
    fakeisforbidden fakeisforbidden 18-21, F 8 Responses Oct 14, 2015

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    Hey I was recently diagnosed with Psychosis

    after spending some time in a mental ward I was wondering if anyone has had this illness and what it's been like for them dealing with it any advice would be appreciated, thanks lonelybunnixo
    Lonelybunnixo Lonelybunnixo 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 25

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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 7 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    I developed a mental illness

    while I was at psychological ward that was supposed to help me.
    TowerJimmyDabzs TowerJimmyDabzs 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 1

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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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    Saw my councillor today,

    agreeing to see him is possibly one of the best things I have done for myself. He wants me to have a psychiatric assessment, up my dosage of fluoxetine and get anti-psychotics too, based on the psychiatric's assessment. He's done his job for 25 years now, he makes me feel like...
    EverlyLeex EverlyLeex 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    sometimes the shittiest things can roam through

    my head. horrible things, I can control it at times but other times they all pop into my head all at once and then I get those overwhelmed/anxiety feeling. as much as I wanna "complain" and just shout out all my bad feelings and thoughts I don't. sometimes it seems like it's too...
    xdizzybutterflyx xdizzybutterflyx 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 16

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    I have bipolar and was diagnosed 5 years ago.

    Since then I've suffered from major depression. My therapist says that I will be able to live a fulfilling life but I have my doubs about that. Depression has been and still is a huge part of my life, I honestly can't see myself without it nor can I imgine living a life with...
    Ennah Ennah 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 24

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    Is being twenty two a mental illness?

    How about unemployed, on the verge of getting kicked out of college your almost senior year, being lazy, a slacker, unmotivated, confused, tired, depressed... are any of those mental illnesses? Is missing someone you lost? Is generally being useless and a waste of space a mental...
    Sickntiredoflife Sickntiredoflife 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 25

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    eastcoast2westcoast eastcoast2westcoast 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 24

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    You know what I dislike very much?

    When people act like mental illness doesn't exist. You know what I also dislike? The people that force people to think that way, it seems a lot of people, especially teenagers think it's cute or cool to pretend to hear voices, struggle with hurting your self, or like a friend I...
    Euphoricbunnymaster Euphoricbunnymaster 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 10, 2015

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    Those of u who have lots of serious mental

    problems. Do you talk about it with ppl? Do u let them know? Or do u keep completely quiet about it?? I tend to tell ppl but I'm starting to think it's not the best choice.
    deleted deleted 26-30 15 Responses Aug 18, 2015

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