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I Have a Mental Illness

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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 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 4 Responses May 13

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    Truth is I'm. Not well I'm BPD

    and Bipolar and I'm already under the mental health team I do get help but these people ain't with me 247 I feel like I wanna section / hospitalise myself for my own safety and security.
    blasianalien blasianalien 22-25, F May 10

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    I have severe generalized anxiety

    and depression, which flip flops with clinical depression, and ADD.
    bvvec bvvec 13-15, F 4 days ago

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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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    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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    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 have a mental condition

    that causes me to wet my bed
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 20

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    This is really worrying

    and this happened 9 years ago. I believe I'm normal now as I've got back to reality. When I was about 17-23 let's say, i felt like i was in a film and that i wasn't in reality. I even wrote in my diary that i imagined everything in a film sense. It was like i couldn't get real...
    Paleandpolluted86 Paleandpolluted86 26-30, F 4 Responses May 13

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    More than one, actually.

    They can make it very hard to communicate :/ I'm going in for multiple scans. My doctor says they want to confirm whether or not I have some rare illness/"syndrome" that hasn't been studied much. It sucks because, if the results of the scans do show something, I'll have to...
    junedew junedew 18-21, F 11 hrs 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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    It's hard to balance the help u need from

    friends and family and not letting people too close incase they get hurt
    AnoynomousReader AnoynomousReader 13-15, F May 10

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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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    Anxiety, Panic Disorder,

    and Agoraphobia. Living the life. //heavy sarcasm
    HellInTheMorning HellInTheMorning 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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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 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 one and its a constant battle

    now I'm watching my loved one go thorough it and it's rough because empathize. I'm starting to feel low as well and if we both hit a bad low it's going to be rough to get out.
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86 26-30, F 1 Response May 15

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    I think I finally understand the end game of

    Bipolar Disorder. Or at least I'm close enough to the other side of the tunnel to finally see. Once upon a time, I had completely forsaken desire, empathy and intimacy. Convinced that I was able to carry this load myself, I thought very little of it. The more this feeling of...
    WarriorsHeart WarriorsHeart 22-25, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I Have MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder) its

    bc i was abused as a child and to protect myself my brain split into pieces..... meaning theres basically another peron or persons inside of me. No that doesn't make me crazy or dangerous it just means there's many sides to me. its confusing sometimes bc im not sure if me is...
    AiymaSnikies AiymaSnikies 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 26, 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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    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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    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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    aspeger's syndrome/high-functioning autism,

    adhd and depression. probably some undiagnosed ones too.
    blacksunzenith blacksunzenith 22-25 2 days ago

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    I was diagnosed with depression

    and anxiety. I don't really talk to anyone about it or how it affects me. My family's attitude toward this type of thing is "well what do you have to be depressed/anxious about?" They don't understand it at all. I'm on medication for both, and I really don't like letting anyone...
    Vaultgirl42 Vaultgirl42 26-30, F 2 Responses 6 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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    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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    Its difficult for me to live.

    I read these books and stories about fantasy worlds...and the creatures that live in them. Young girls being taken away from her horribly boring lives by some wonderful magic. Me being alone and home everyday all day makes me compare my life to the fictional characters lives...
    ToLiveYouMustDie ToLiveYouMustDie 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Has anyone got into a physical fight with

    someone cuz of a mental illness and are you at fault?
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86 26-30, F 1 Response a week 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...
    Shadowspider15 Shadowspider15 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 17, 2014

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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 tried to hang myself

    and now feel like a failure because I can't wen do that right :/ my counsellor took me I A&E to get assessed. I lied to her and said I was fine and I wouldn't try again.
    aimeex18 aimeex18 18-21, F 5 days ago

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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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    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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    Serious question, Is it ok

    for me to open the flood gates a little bit? I only ask because this restraint is wearing down on my body, its killing my ability to focus, I'm starting to hear things again, I'm having difficulty recalling thoughts I just had or are only moments old and I'm starting to feel...
    WarriorsHeart WarriorsHeart 22-25, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    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 think im going crazy.

    I hate everything everyone...I cant stand anything, literally. My body, my mind, and soul. I want to kill myself so badly. Im a paradox waiting to be thrown off its coarse. Whats wrong with me? I think of every incident possible of my "perfect" future...to the point where there...
    ToLiveYouMustDie ToLiveYouMustDie 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I'm just ****** up. I can function relatively

    well on my medication (antidepressant and mood stabilizer), but if I stop taking it I start going off the deep end. I'm extremely emotional and it's so hard to manage my feelings and stay in control. I don't know what's wrong with me. I don't know who in their right mind would...
    sinsoftheflesh sinsoftheflesh 18-21, F 2 Responses May 18

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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 have bipolar disorder,

    major depressive disorder, ADHD, odd,ocd ,anxiety, PTSD , paranoid psychotic episodes
    onlyme616 onlyme616 18-21, F 4 days 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 12 Responses Jul 20, 2006

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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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    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 13

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    Just one of those days

    when you're in your room, kicked back with your hands in your pants because you can and suddenly you get sadder and sadder and sadder and you don't want **** anymore and you want to cry and body slam your chair through your desk which is only going to make you sadder because you...
    WarriorsHeart WarriorsHeart 22-25, M 2 Responses May 19

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    I am a Sociopath.....

    I manipulate everyone around me without even realizing it and feel nothing about it except pleasure and even that only last for a short period of time, its like some sorta fix. I just spend my days waiting for my next fix.
    Unexplainable0o0 Unexplainable0o0 18-21, F 18 mins ago

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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 26-30 4 Responses May 20

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