I Have An Invisible Illness

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    Sometimes i really think somehow my dopamine

    receptors are burnt out from all those adhd drugs given to me
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    Aug 21, 2014

    Have any of you seen,

    or broken out in a rash that looks anything like this? This rash was on my right leg, on the side of the knee. Not pictured is another rash (same leg) that looked like red blotches. It wasn't Shingles. The rashes were not painful, nor did they itch - but the skin felt "sore...
    catsmeow59 catsmeow59
    51-55, F
    Aug 23, 2014

    I have lost everything i ever cared for.

    What is the point. Im stuck like this forever. Yes forever you dont know my situation. It will not change. I will not get my life back. and i doubt i will be able to start a new one. What hurts me the most is that i could have ended it all. After the drug induced "accident...
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    1 Response Jan 12, 2014

    Please Share Your Story!

    For any of you who have a Facebook, I found out that there is an Annual Invisible Illness Awareness Week. This year starting on September 9th. It is a great way to share your story, get to know others situations, and get some genuine support. To get started is a "30 things about...
    nikkij216202 nikkij216202
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 3, 2013

    Borderline Personality Disorder.

    .. And I'm far too good at hiding when I'm struggling behind a smile and a mother hen personality. The sad thing is that people don't care enough to dig under it... The fact that I look fine is enough.
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    Apr 16, 2015

    Coping With Invisible Illness In Myself And Family Members

    I've struggled with depression for about 3 years.  I guess I was surprised to realize that unless whatever you have is clearly visible, it's not that real or valid to people. Both my sons have various "invisible" illness conditions and what I've found is that unless people...
    wordsforliving wordsforliving
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Aug 6, 2010

    When "But You Look Great!" Is The Most Insensitive Thing You Can Say

    I have an invisible illness --actually, as it turns out, I have a couple of related ones. If you saw me right now, dressed in a t-shirt and shorts on this warm spring afternoon, you might even complement me. I'd have to explain that my abdominals are better defined because they...
    ambhall ambhall
    41-45, F
    Apr 10, 2013

    Ra, oa, eds, fibro, degenerative disc disease.

    ... bipolar, DID. what can't be seen kills me inside. my body literally hurts non stop everywhere. Some things help like meds, yoga, diet and when I can, getting real rest but the insomnia is breaking me right now. I feel I'm a prisoner trapped in my body.
    crazybipolarchick crazybipolarchick
    41-45, F
    1 Response Aug 1, 2015

    I dont want to be numb anymore.

    Why cant i see life in color again
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    Jan 5, 2014

    I have a disability that no one can see.

    It has been almost ten years since I found out, but I continue to have insecurities about myself. To keep my symptoms under control, I have to wear a cool vest (which is a vest that has ice in it to keep my core body temp down). At one point in time I used a wheelchair...
    powerinmyself powerinmyself
    36-40, F
    Jan 24, 2015
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