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I Have a Mental Illness

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    A little story about life in a mental hospital.

    I have bipolar 2 and I drink, so a guy like that is bound to wind up in the hospital. Several years ago, I was inpatient and sitting near the nurse's desk reading a magazine. A hardcore schizophrenic was standing near one of the room doors going through a handbag looking for a...
    DanteBlake23 DanteBlake23 36-40, M Jul 26

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    So my family really enjoys scary movies

    and ghosts and stuff like that and so do I. But I have schizophrenia and really experience that's kinda stuff. It's weird to me that they can believe but still sane.
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 24

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    I suffer from depression.

    I miss the town I was spending the Summer in. There's something special about it... And all it takes is that one song to make me think of it... Then, it actually kept happening with other songs today...
    Triforce184 Triforce184 18-21, F 1 day ago

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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 4 Responses Jul 30

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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 8 Responses Jun 17

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    Guys, take some time off

    and read this The Fluttering Hearted Flirt - http: //wp.me/p67thY-C May give you a fresh look at your own vision. I write to inspire.
    whatishappening15 whatishappening15 22-25, F Aug 4

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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 6 Responses May 20

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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'm upset, my little brother has mental illness

    and living with my uncle. Since he lived there he has gone down. My brother is talking crazy and talking about fbI. And he told me yesterday that my uncle is selling drugs. My uncle has done it in the pass. My uncle has done speed. I'm a bit concerned that he might be using my...
    Mindgeeee Mindgeeee 31-35, F Jul 22

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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...
    Shadowspider15 Shadowspider15 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 17, 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 6 Responses Feb 10

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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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    Dissociative Identity Disorder/DID/formally

    known as MPD or multiple personality disorder. A lot of people have no idea what it means so I decided to write something about it and get some things out of the way. First of all I will answer the questions people ask me most:-So, you are schizophrenic?*No! Absolutely not, that...
    Meliantha Meliantha 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    And I'm tired of everyone pretty much trying to

    shove medicine down my throat. I hate the way it makes me feel. I don't want to lay around like a zombie. It makes me feel like I have no energy. Not even enough to hold my eyes open. Why can't I just be myself?
    HappilyMrsLetson HappilyMrsLetson 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 28

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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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    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 3 Responses 2 days ago

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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...
    Jan 15, 2013

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      My name is Jaydie

    and I am 15 years old. A few months ago, I was diagnosed with depersonalisation/derealisation, which causes symptoms such as feeling unreal, not alive, numb, in a dream like world and extremely depressed. I have been dealing with this for a while now and it is causing me great...
    Jaydkins Jaydkins 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 3

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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 18-21, F 19 Responses Mar 25, 2012

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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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    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 4 Responses Mar 1

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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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    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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    No, I do not choose to hallucinate,

    I do not enjoy my mind playing tricks on me, and I would rather be dead than deal with this **** another second.
    DreamWarriorBlake DreamWarriorBlake 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 26

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    people who believe that dissociative identity

    disorder can be cured by 'giving yourself to god' and 'stop playing with ghosts (Wtf???) really have no idea how they can hurt people by saying things like that.
    Meliantha Meliantha 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 10

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    I had a massive med issues at the eating

    disorder clinic I was at this December. I started believing full heartily that they were pumping calories in to the air and water making me obese. I thought they were fatting me up to make me in to the stuff they put in feeding tubes. Grinding my fat body in to the creamy liquid...
    tobehere tobehere 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 18

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    I use to think it was OK

    for me to want someone to love me with the intensity I felt I might be able to love. I wanted to be the center of their world. Have them worship the ground I walked on. Love me so much that it hurt. Just absorb me into them and wear me like there favorite outfit. I've come to...
    BeautifullySickkk BeautifullySickkk 31-35, F 3 Responses 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, 2014

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    Iris Iris is one of my alters

    who is really hard to control. She is very strong minded and loves to break people mentally. I've lost some of my best friends because they couldn't deal with Iris. Somehow I can understand that but it also makes me sad. Iris really hates me and absolutely believes we don't...
    Meliantha Meliantha 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 16

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    I was diagnosed as a functioning psychopath

    last month. The weeks leading up to that were full of surprising discoveries about myself. For example, I've always been curious how people would react to certain things, but I've always made sure the things I do won't hurt anyone but me. I've never been scared of things most...
    reaperthejack reaperthejack 13-15, M Aug 20

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    very sick of dealing with bipolar.

    all i want is to be done with it.
    EvilPrincess87 EvilPrincess87 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 26

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    Another brief mental hospital story: During my

    initial evaluation upon entering the enchanted kingdom for the third time, I told the doctor that I have a reasonable grasp of self-knowledge. His reaction? "Oh bullshit!" Or something to that effect. I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder (a BS diagnosis, vindicated by...
    DanteBlake23 DanteBlake23 36-40, M Jul 30

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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...
    BeautifullyAmiss BeautifullyAmiss 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 14, 2014

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    I have been dealing with severe depression

    since I was in high school, which was years and years ago. Didnt think much of it, got some therapy once in a while and that was that. All came to a head a few months ago when I tried to kill myself. Am now finally on medication that helps and getting therapy weekly but thats...
    FalseSmile FalseSmile 22-25, M Aug 10

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    the anxiety is overwhelming,

    its days like today that I really have trouble pushing on. hard to find real reason to anyway.
    EvilPrincess87 EvilPrincess87 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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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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    I think I might have psychosis.

    I have depression and social anxiety, but there are things that have happened that lead me to believe I also have psychotic episodes. If anyone has an experience with this, please help me.
    Dawhead Dawhead 13-15, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    emetophobic247 emetophobic247 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Im happy to say I reached my goal today; it's

    been a year since I have been out of the hospital! There's been times that I thought I wouldn't make it but I did it!
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 11

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    I feel like a ******* alzheimer's patient.

    Today has basically been a series of psychotic episodes and a few moments of lucidity. Adjusting to new meds sucks.
    DreamWarriorBlake DreamWarriorBlake 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 26

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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 11 Responses Jul 20, 2006

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    I don't know what normal is,

    yet it's what I'd like to be.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 6

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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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    sarahbear420 sarahbear420 16-17, F 6 Responses Jul 26

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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