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I Have a Mental Illness

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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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    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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    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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    I have suffered from depression.

    If depression is a mental illness then I have suffered a mental illness. Sometimes I think I am also going insane.
    Maybeincubus Maybeincubus 22-25, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    If you're anxious or just need a way to calm

    down or something like that, you should try this website! It helps for me at times and it's bloody awesome.http://29a.ch/sandbox/2011/neonflames/You get to make your own nebulas and galaxies and it's really relaxing, plus that it becomes absolutely gorgeous.
    Atmosfaerie Atmosfaerie 22-25 2 Responses Jun 8

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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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    Delusions, hallucinations,

    talking to myself, psychotic episodes that make American Psycho seem loving and thoughtful. Worse, I don't think I'm adjusting to my new meds very well either. Why? Last night I tried killing my boyfriend by stabbing him with a pen, and he had to use tranquilizer to put me to...
    DreamWarriorBlake DreamWarriorBlake 22-25, M 6 days ago

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    Hey guys. This is more of a question

    than an experience. I am seeking as much help I can get. So to summarize, I have been a depressed person since I was a child. I don't know but I have always felt horrible despite having no reason. But then I have gone through much in my teenage- abusive relationship (that took...
    changemindchangelife changemindchangelife 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 18

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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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    I question everything I see,

    everything I hear, everything that happens in my life. It scares me to not know what is real and what I just made up. I ask things multiple times because I'm afraid I made a whole situation in my head.I don't know myself
    dafttendirektt dafttendirektt 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 11

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    I feel like I should have been killed

    for being so messed up a long time ago...no one like me should live and get away with it. This isnt a life. Im not gonna get a long term gf, get married, have sex, have kids, and be a happy old man. Take my life away. Give it to someone who will have these things.
    Explorerofknowledge Explorerofknowledge 18-21, M 3 Responses Jun 8

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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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    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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    I have major depressive disorder

    and I'm afraid to be close to anyone because people want you to be fun and happy so I don't wanna say how I really feel.
    wellitmatters2me wellitmatters2me 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 12

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    No, I don't have A mental illness.

    .. I have MULTIPLE. I've been seeing a psychiatrist for a long time now and not only has she told me that I have anxiety, social phobia, and obsessive compulsive personality disorder, but I also have major depressive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. Most days are like...
    19MangoTango95 19MangoTango95 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 10

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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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    I keep a diary to make sure I don't forget

    anything. But occasionally I'll forget that I've written something, and when I go back over it it's like, what the **** was I thinking?
    DreamWarriorBlake DreamWarriorBlake 22-25, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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 8 Responses Jan 18

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    mine is sex as i just cant say no it dont

    even matter how the men look i still want it. i struggle to hold a job down as end up having sex with colleagues going out drinking i always come home or theirs for sex one time i sent back to a student house with one guy and ended up sleeping with 4 guys (not same time) and...
    boredathome699 boredathome699 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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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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    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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    Feeling so much better,

    thanks to my medicine. If you need medicine don't be afraid about taking it because it really can help. It's might take some time to get you on the right meds to make you feel normal and that could be hard but stick with it
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 1

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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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    Is this the right group to post this?

    I think I'm messed up mentally. My parents, family and school all think so too. I have like a tiny bit of literally every mental illness as part of me, with social anxiety and anxiety being my biggest issues. I have been tested for autism, anxiety, ocd, bipolar, depression...
    jemeinkraft jemeinkraft 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 13

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    I've been going through

    so many things the past few years and I'm honestly getting better. It's just sad that I go through really bad down times. I stay in and I just feel physically sick. It bums me out that you can't ever just be well after being mentally ill. There's always some part that will...
    beax3 beax3 22-25, F Jun 28

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    Mom told me today that I am more important

    than my little sister because I am sick. How would you take that?
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 11

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    I'm Bipolar. I was diagnosed

    when I was 27, but have been bipolar since I was a kid. Ever since I found out, My therapist taught me techniques to keep myself grounded and to tell myself when I was getting out of hand. Simple things that I can do to keep myself somewhat normal. It's a struggle sometimes...
    edizzy666 edizzy666 31-35, M 2 Responses Jun 2

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    Itsssnatalie Itsssnatalie 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 15

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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 8 Responses Feb 10

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    Last week I spent the week in priority house

    cause I had a overdose I couldn't stand life anymore and I just gave up whilst I was in hospital I started to self harm again by burning my self with my cigarette I had enough of life I can't handle things anymore I would want to die but I can't handle being here and people tip...
    Hurt2014 Hurt2014 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 10

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Hey, I want to recommend "Hannah Vancouver"'s

    YouTube channel. She makes loads of videos about mental health including anorexia, bulimia, anxiety disorder, ADHD, cutting and depression as she has experience with them all. I have found her so helpful so if anyone wants to check her out I think it could be helpful for you...
    GeorgiePeg GeorgiePeg 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 1

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    counseling meditation walking talking to good

    friends reading good books Even though i have been trying to do my best..this couple of months. Sometimes i just have to waiting for the storm to pass.
    JerryJerryA JerryJerryA 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 16

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    I am an anxious person with depression.

    Lost my only 2 friends. I don't know what to do anymore. I wish I could at least have one close friend that I can trust and that won't leave me. I am someone trustworthy and I'd love to chat with someone who can help me through this tough time.
    lyricstomyheart lyricstomyheart 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 12

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    http://loveaschizophrenic.

    blogspot.com/ This is my blog about life from the view of a schizophrenic. Please read, comment, and share with friends and family. Thanks
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I personally feel as

    though this needs to be said. Please do not demean those with clinical anxiety by claiming that you, too, have anxiety. As human beings, we all experience anxiety. There's a huge divide between "having anxiety" and being diagnosed with anxiety. The feeling of constant anxiety...
    Blizzardpaw Blizzardpaw 16-17, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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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 am both bipolar type 1 (manic/mixed episodes)

    and I have dissociative identity disorder. (DID) if you're not sure what to make of that diagnosis, it used to be called multiple personality disorder, so that should give you an idea. I was just prescribed Prozac because I was stuck in a really bad depressive episode. It's...
    Jakesantiiinked Jakesantiiinked 18-21, M 1 day ago

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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 think I might have Borderline Personality

    disorder or it might be something else. Anyone with it know the signs and symptoms? :/
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 11

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    My ex was molested by her brother.

    I am hoping you weren't wanting me to ease that line In somewhere else. I stated it first because mental Illness, like other serious Issues, Isnt sugar coated. It Is very real, and harrowing. The unveiling of her past could be deemed as "the trigger." It is a moment when an...
    jjskinner3 jjskinner3 22-25, M 6 days ago

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