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I Have a Mental Illness

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    Support appreciated. These are the diagnoses

    I've received over the years from ages 9-21. Well, not all of them have been diagnosed but there is high probability that I have them or have variations of them. I have been diagnosed with PTSD but quite possibly have C-PTSD (as well as other trauma-related disorders) I show...
    ChantelSurvived ChantelSurvived 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 18

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    I suffered schizophrenia

    for the last 7 years, It's been a wild ride, so scarring and harrowing and dark I can barely believe. It was all to do with Heaven and Hell and angels and demons. It's too long a story to write here but I am writing a book which you can read on my website at www.jacklawlor.co.uk...
    Lawlor Lawlor 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 13

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    Can't sleep at all. People standing outside

    house staring but have no facial features. Keeping curtains closed.
    woodsetton woodsetton 22-25, F Jan 31

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    I am in the process of recovering from chronic

    depression, severe anxiety, and anorexia nervosa. I've attempted suicide more than 30 times but am no longer suicidal. I've been clean from cutting for two months. I'm eating healthier, better, and do not delude myself into thinking I am overweight. The number of anxiety attacks...
    losingNemo losingNemo 13-15, F 6 Responses Nov 28, 2014

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    This is my testimony of having a mental illness

    - obsessive compulsive disorder. It does get better, I promise you that! Well I might as well start at the beginning, growing up I was always shy but being an introvert never stopped me from running the roads all the or being involved in activities like soccer, dance, baton, I...
    chelseystorys chelseystorys 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 16, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    I had a huge mental breakdown today.

    A friend found me in the hallway slumped over clawing at the walls and my forehead. He took me to the school lounge and the others scrambled to make me feel better. I definitely appreciate their help even though it didn't calm me at all. Luckily I'm good at acting and was able...
    HowArtThou HowArtThou 18-21, F Jan 21

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    must i say how much more can i really bare.

    .. when i say i newd to be hospitalized im selfish... if i say help i get do the best u can.... i got my wisdom tooth pulled today cuz i had to i was in pain but pain i didnt want to go away... i went in for filling but when she saw it ahe like u have to get it out u have ti...
    tiiedrope tiiedrope 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 6

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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, 2014

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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 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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    I found research for signs n symptoms leading

    up to a mental illness episode , or of symptoms signs explaining a episode , but anyone know of any info explaining everyday life that a person with a mental illness might experience?
    SsMcGavin SsMcGavin 22-25, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    i thought i would feel better today

    but it hasnt changed. i thought when u ask for help, help will come. i thought by b praying n being spritual it would save me. Jesus had to die to save us. Jesus wasnt taking seriously until he was on the cross. how can i continue to be in pain.... pain with no understanding...
    tiiedrope tiiedrope 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    I have gone to numerous psychiatrists

    and psychologists throughout the years. I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar (never really asked I or II), Narcissistic Personality Disorder, ADHD and Alcoholism.. And other substance abuse issues. It always seems like every time I see a new mental...
    Asleep72 Asleep72 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 10

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 14, 2014

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    Quite a few, actually.

    Let's see: Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome Asperger's syndrome Depression Obsessive Compulsive Disorder That's me.
    ftmFreddy ftmFreddy 18-21, T 5 Responses Feb 9

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    Your lack of compassion drives me to the edge

    of insanity.. You are my mental disorder
    rachelbeth6 rachelbeth6 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 5, 2014

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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 7 Responses Feb 10

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    I have sleeping disorders,

    depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. It just really sucks too many pills and my therphist annoys me at times.
    RedDog123321 RedDog123321 18-21, M Feb 19

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    I have struggled for years with depression,

    anxiety, and PTSD, all of which led to my struggle with self harm. I have done a lot of work over the years to develop coping skills and crisis management plans for when I have the urge to cut, and it has all paid off. Today is my three year mark of no self harm.
    katnoelle14 katnoelle14 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 2, 2014

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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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    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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    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 at least four,

    diagnosed. Depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD... And possible bipolar disorder. - "Mental illnesses. They are no less real than physical illnesses, and often *MORE* debilitating. No, I cannot "get over" my depression. I will not "learn to be better" if you practice tough love. I am...
    iFortiTude iFortiTude 31-35 1 Response Feb 18

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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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    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 3 Responses May 24, 2014

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    i have paranoid schizo affective disorder with

    severe anxiety and a 8 year old son who is autistic i never really think who may have it worse then me but i definitely feel like why me... my life is in shambles in my mind... its like a winding staircase that is never ending and i keep looking up like am i there yet.
    tiiedrope tiiedrope 26-30, F Jan 3

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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 12 Responses Nov 30, 2012

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    The feeling of impending doom washes over me,

    familiar. Not like how the sea washes over pebbles but instead more like a corrosive liquid, bubbling through just about anything. Then adrenaline.. Fight or flight or if you're sexist I believe its tend and befriend. My mind kickstarts like an out of control carousel. People...
    amillionpeople amillionpeople 22-25 Jan 14

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    For some time I believed

    that my illness prevented my ability to see beauty, shrouded it, replaced it with dirt and ugly truth, harsh reality. Something helped me realise that beauty is recognised and created by the heart, not the mind. My illness exists in my mind, but doesn't fill my heart. I can see...
    amillionpeople amillionpeople 22-25 Jan 14

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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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    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 was just told by my mother about what I did

    today, and I don't seem to remember any of it. I got up, had a huge blur of nothingness until I got to work. Apparently I spoke to people and caught a bus and did all this stuff I have no recollection of. I didn't have a bad day at all, but for some reason my memory is so bad...
    gybe gybe 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 21

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    I'm leaving. Goodbye

    and thank you.
    gybe gybe 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 25

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    I've lived my life Flying with broken wings A

    shattered soul And destroyed dreams My mind makes up lies Things that are not true Saying things like you're ugly And no one loves you Killing myself would be a sin But myself killing me is fine Either way I end up dead The cause being suicide I'm tortured by my...
    Suicidekisses Suicidekisses 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 12

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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 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, 2014

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    So, I have tons of mental illnesses (too many

    to write out.) and the only way I can escape is through self-harm, I am already going to a councilor and I don't want to tell him about it (the others don't anyway). Please help me! I've got no idea of what to do!!
    HolyFire202 HolyFire202 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 8

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    Does thinking of suicide count

    as a mental illness?. If it is im mentally ill af.
    Deadweight99 Deadweight99 13-15, M 4 Responses Feb 11

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    I am bipolar, have suffered with depression

    and ADD. I know this is not as bad as it gets. I have gotten a lot better by my mental choice and strive to do so. I would like to share some wise words from the book "How to Raise Your Vibration" by Sabrina Reber (highly recommended to read even if you are not spiritual). The...
    atellis11 atellis11 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 19

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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 5 Responses Feb 10

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    tiiedrope tiiedrope 26-30, F 6 Responses Feb 19

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    I have struggled with depression

    and anxiety for a great part of my adulthood. There have been times where things were great, years at a time actually but I have now slipped back into a severe depression. My medication has been changed on multiple occasions to no avail!!! There are so many issues that have...
    butterfly2924 butterfly2924 36-40, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I've only ever seen my regular doctor

    so who knows if I actually have a diagnosis but I'm taking medicine for anxiety/depression. I recently switched because the other one made me feel like a robot and this one doesn't seem to be helping at all. I feel lonely. My chest feels heavy and my head hurts because I feel so...
    SuperLogan SuperLogan 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 15

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    i might be at my worst point today i want to

    cut... get wasted n say f it
    tiiedrope tiiedrope 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 19

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    I have depression and social anxiety.

    I struggle with housework, and when I don't have to work, I am home by myself sleeping, or getting drunk and horny. But normally I am by myself and unable to accomplish much except drinking every night. I wish I could keep a clean house and keep my life together
    need2Bcontrolled83 need2Bcontrolled83 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 16

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    just learnt to accept it.

    ever felt trapped inside your head?
    mxrilynsdxughtxr mxrilynsdxughtxr 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 8

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