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I Have a Mental Illness

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    I have bulimia, I've had it

    since I was 12, I never really new what it was but me and my friend used to make this thing called 'sick juice' so you basically make this kind of smoothie thing,drink it, run about for a little bit and then wait till you start vomiting, then I started using my fingers to make...
    TheGreenEyedGirl TheGreenEyedGirl 18-21, F Mar 30

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    Hello, this is my first post :) through the

    next posts, I am going to tell you the story of my life, and why I want to end it so badly. It all started back in grade 5, I had many friends, life was good for your average 10 year old. Except for when it started... The anxiety, the panic attacks, the rampaging thoughts...
    XoxOutcastxoX XoxOutcastxoX 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    I'm sure I'm psychotic.

    An need meds, but my family believe religion is better than treatment.
    LilRedFoxTail LilRedFoxTail 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 16

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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 3 days ago

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    Okay this is a long one

    but I really need someone's advice, because I'm not sure.. I'm an 18 year old female i have a lot of friend but only when I chose to speak to them or want them to be my friends. I don't feel empathy. I don't feel sorry for people and I could easily take advantage or someone...
    ProjectSuspense ProjectSuspense 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 7

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    Ever since I have had a mental illness

    (depression, anxiety) I have been treated differently. I was diagnosed at the start of the new year and now everyone seems to think it's ok to treat me like I need special help!
    beaut119 beaut119 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 26

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    I grew up in the center of two warring parents.

    Two stubborn pigheaded people who not once thought of putting aside their differences so that I could possibly have some semblance of a normal childhood. No. They argued and bickered without end. There was not one time when I remember the apartment we lived in was quiet. But I...
    AGothicOdyssey AGothicOdyssey 46-50, M 4 Responses Mar 25

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    Well, where do I even begin?

    It recently hit me--many changes have occurred my life these past few months. Honestly it feels so good to write it all down and I am satisfied thinking about  someone--anyone reading it. To see me, I won't be invisible.  I have no reason to be sad--I have a loving family, a...
    rxcsoccerstar rxcsoccerstar 18-21, F Dec 23, 2013

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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 suffer from bpd or eupd

    but I'm a survivor not a victim
    jacs140 jacs140 61-65, F Mar 16

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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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    Journey To Recovery

    When I experienced my first battle with depression, I was eleven years old. I could never accept that I had it at first. I would make up many excuses; I’m too young, it’s just a low mood etc. It all makes sense now, I had struggled with panic disorder since I was eight and it...
    milzmouse milzmouse 16-17, F Mar 18, 2013

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    ADD, depression, social anxiety

    and minor paranoia. I have been able to somewhat overcome the paranoia which has also helped me to make progress on my social anxiety but I still have a ways to go. Although it can come in handy, like knowing when I know that someone is following me by the sound of their...
    persononinternet persononinternet 16-17, M Jan 11

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    You may think I am weird

    if you read this and hope to never see me on the streets. You may look the other way or call me names but I call myself names all the time. I just want to know who I am more or less and I think that's fine but if it comes to names out of a physiatrists mouth the more I know...
    rose114 rose114 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 18

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    Rn im in a mental hospital because

    for no reason they think im sick -,-
    EmilySwitzerland EmilySwitzerland 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 3

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    Invisible Driving - a Memoir of Manic Depression

    In many ways, my battle with Manic Depression has defined my life.  I am Type I Bipolar and have spent most of the years either mildly or quite Depressed - but the Manic episodes have been flashy.  The first, at 20, involved drug smuggling - great fun until I was caught...
    ElLagarto ElLagarto 56-60, M 6 Responses Jun 17, 2007

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    Let me make this clear,

    I'm only writing down these thoughts and posting it to clear my head. I've always wondered what exactly is wrong with me... And the more I explore with my psychiatrist and research the clearer it becomes. Not everything is concrete yet, but what has been officially diagnosed is...
    LilMissMandy LilMissMandy 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    I have borderline personality disorder,

    major depression, anxiety and EDNOS.
    elleohzed elleohzed 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    I Suffer From Severe Depression And Ptsd

    I was first hospitalized for suicidal behavior at age 13. I was then diagnosed with severe depression and PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder. It's completely ruined my life! I am afraid to be close to anyone, and I can't stop being scared no matter how hard I...
    college101 college101 31-35, F 11 Responses Oct 24, 2009

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    How Much Can You Give Your Mentally Ill Relative?

    Problems deciding how (or whether) to help with family members with mental illness are difficult to sort out. There are all kinds of considerations -- obligations, moral choices and personal need being only a few biggies. My position is that I will always urge a family member to...
    wundayatta wundayatta 56-60, M 8 Responses Jun 24, 2010

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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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    I know I can willing admit I have a mental

    illness. I had depression been effecting most of my life. I had seen some councillor. The last one I seen gave up on me. I never seek help since. The reason is no matter who I go to in this province I can't find useful help. So I face everything on my own. It is very hard...
    ChillyWilly82 ChillyWilly82 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 29, 2013

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    Let me make this clear,

    I'm only writing down these thoughts and posting it to clear my head. I've always wondered what exactly is wrong with me... And the more I explore with my psychiatrist and research the clearer it becomes. Not everything is concrete yet, but what has been officially diagnosed is...
    LilMissMandy LilMissMandy 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    jayneedhelp jayneedhelp 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 13

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    Hi everyone, I need to share this amazing

    experience with you guys. I met this amazing guy who looks completely normal. I got to know him, because I thought he was cute. Unfortunately as I got to know him I realized he was always sad. Now I know he needs a friend nothing else. My friend has schizophrenia. He is taking...
    Jasmine650 Jasmine650 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    Miss :me 2

    Yea Bipolar sucks ,people think i make it up ,To make a excuse for y i act how i act .Well people  as in my ex who currenty still w cuz i love him.And my family.they know iam ,but they act like my symptoms are made up.Even though theyve read about it.there like u can control...
    jenser jenser 19-21, F 3 Responses Oct 20, 2006

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    Why do I feel sad? Is it me?

    Is it my illness? I don't know anymore. I hate being so moody. I hate not being able to explain it. Not even my doctor can. That's the worst part. I just don't know what to think anymore. I don't know how I'm supposed to feel. Today I feel like crap. Is it cause I didn...
    PolarPanda PolarPanda 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 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 9 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    I don't know why but this is easier to put

    online then talk about so here goes. I am Bipolar. I love my Manic stages, but I usually lean more towards depression. It is so bad that I can't even move sometime. The ONLY thing that moves me is to feed my cat or make sure her box is clean, otherwise I might just fade away. I...
    Lucreziana Lucreziana 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 13

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    Living With A Mental Illness (s)

    I live with schizoaffective disorder, which is a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Double whammy right? I know. And it's a possibility I have ADHD. I was about 10 or 11 years old when I started having auditory hallucinations. I didn't realize what it was...
    gtafan1987 gtafan1987 22-25 5 Responses Dec 29, 2011

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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 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 14

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    recovering from depression,

    but my anxiety will always be there.
    ImagineSammy ImagineSammy 13-15, F Mar 14

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    Brain washing one two three.

    ... single wondering minds into containers of two. sneek peek, have you heard. i forgot your name. never understood why you gazed so intensely. for ever hidden inside my mind. a cave of wonder was where you reside.revenge of the worst kind. twidaly dee twidalee dum come com com...
    munchkinsue munchkinsue 26-30, F 3 days ago

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    My Life With Severe Mental Illness

    Hi, I'm not sure if anyone is ever going to read this, but if you are, I thank you.   I'm 32 years old and I have had OCD for 32 years. For most of my life, so far, I was undiagnosed and untreated.  From a young age I was crippled with anxiety, it wasn't that I...
    geniusofevil geniusofevil 31-35, F 7 Responses Mar 27, 2010

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    My Psychotic Episode (august 2010)

    In August 2010, I got so stressed that I actually went completely nuts. The doctors have yet to diagnose me but say that it was a stress induced psychotic episode. In the beginning I just felt really happy and then started being more outgoing than usual. Then I had this weird...
    SquishyStarfishy SquishyStarfishy 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 27, 2012

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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 am so shy its unbelievable i am 43 i am still

    single and male i could never chat up women when i was younger i am technically still a virgin i am a hermit all my friends have settled down and i am a loner i have only just left home and am im so lonely eleven years ago when i was 32 i started having seizures i have between 3...
    defoekeane defoekeane 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 2

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    I have dyslexia, I know some people don't class

    that as a mental illness but I do. My dyslexia isn't bad I still manage at school, I take advanced maths and all three sciences so I think I'm coping okay
    TheGreenEyedGirl TheGreenEyedGirl 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 31

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    I suffer from anxiety

    and depression. I have been a sufferer of mental illness once the age of 8, since they first put me on antidepressants.
    anm52309 anm52309 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 22

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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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    11, Actually

    i was "diagnosed" using the PDQ4 questionaire, which is known to overdo it a bit, do i dont see myself as having these, but rather showing traits of them that when combined are severely damaging.... personality disorder wise i have.... borderline paranoid...
    Tesse Tesse 18-21, F 15 Responses Mar 29, 2009

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    I struggle to make my therapy appointments

    meaningful, I freeze every session or just draw a blank.
    monkeybuisness monkeybuisness 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 26

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    I Have An Undiagnosed Mental Illness

    I've seen a professional for a short period of time as a young teen...and as soon as medication was mentioned I never returned. At the time I thought it was depression issues, with a string of poor excuses for suicide attempts and a six month stint of anorexia. Since this time I...
    aitchdoubleyou aitchdoubleyou 26-30, F 8 Responses Oct 14, 2008

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    I'll Always Be A Freak.

    I know not many people care or want to read this,but I have to say this. I realized something today, the truth. That some people are beyond helping. I can never be normal, I'll just have to face it. I'll always be alone. I'll never feel the warm embrace of another. I thought I...
    Yearsgoby Yearsgoby 18-21, M 8 Responses Mar 5, 2013

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    Having A Mental Illness Is A Very Lonely Existance

    It is very hard to live a normal life with mental disabilites, and especially hard to make friends with them. I have bipolar, anxiety, post traumatic stress, borderline personality, dermatillomania, and fear of abandonment. Oh, I know how I developed these issues. I had a...
    iskykabibblez iskykabibblez 41-45, F 7 Responses Mar 20, 2012

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    I See We Meet Again...

    Leaving Sam's Club today I had lots of little items in my hands and as I approached my car it started to rain, hard. As I fumbled through my purse looking for my keys I lost control of the items in my hands and dropped everything, including my keys. By the time I gathered...
    smylin smylin 36-40 1 Response Apr 22, 2012

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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 9 Responses Sep 23, 2013

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    Why does every little thing feel

    so bloody hard going
    lchainey lchainey 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I know I can't deny my self I have mental

    illness issues. I know one of them is depression. Besides that I don't know what other mental illness I have besides my learning disability. I believe I do have more mental illness issues. I find it very scary as things are getting worse for me.
    ChillyWilly82 ChillyWilly82 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 27

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    Jbriefs Jbriefs 16-17, M Mar 20

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    Schizophrenia - Bi-polar - Psychosis

    I have five years of experience with every symptom you will find under the diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Bi-polar, and Psychosis.  I have experience with treatment from several medications and therapy.  Right now, I am feeling very good, with no reason, and I have full...
    thinkpositive thinkpositive 46-50, M 8 Responses Nov 17, 2009

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    My Experience With Mental Health Problems (part One)

    I have to apologise in advance if the telling of my story comes out rather hap-hazzard, I've just come out of a psychotic experience and want to talk about that, but also add background history and other times where I've been particularly ill, and I'm not sure yet how easily...
    sweetdeanie sweetdeanie 31-35, F 9 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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    Who Am I?

    I have worked in the mental health field more than 20 years and have been in psychotherapy for more than 20 years (including a five year break) with the same therapist for treatment of Dysthymia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress...
    ClinicallyClueless ClinicallyClueless 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 24, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    So my music teacher has bipolar disorder and had to go away for a little while to get better. She is such an inspiration- she packed up her entire life here in England because of...
    writercookies writercookies 13-15, F 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    It's really hard to deal with a mental illness. In class if a teacher asks a question that I'm supposed to know the answer to, but dont. Everyone will mock me and call me retard...
    matti1342 matti1342 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    Most people don't understand mental health and what's it's like living with a mental illness. The day to day battle you have a go through just to do the smallest of tasks. People...
    leon789 leon789 18-21, M 1 Response a week ago