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I Struggle With Mental Illness

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    I Struggle

    I struggle,Life,Sometimes,Gets me down,Hasn't been easy,Anxiety high,Confidence,Need more,Wish it was easier,Why me?
    lazycrazybasket lazycrazybasket 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 21, 2011

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    An Every Day Struggle

      I don't know when I first started to notice the real effects of depression nor when there was a name for it although my stepmom was the one who brought it up. She mentioned that due to it ran in the family my sister and I had gotten it from our mom. And of course with...
    Dormantdrakon Dormantdrakon 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 12, 2009

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    I Have Had A Mental Illness For 10+ Years- But What Does This Mean Exactly?

    Am I queer, different, psycho, strange, written off, a mental case... or just someone with a disability, like a broken arm, or diabetes? I can say that I have felt all of the above.. and at age 28 I still struggle with it.. I have been on and off anti depressents and sleeping...
    Violetconfessions Violetconfessions 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 12, 2012

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    Mental Illness Feels Like A Dark Force

    Looking back over my earthly existince from birth to now (29) i can see the effects of anxiety, depression and low confidence, showing through different episodes in my life. Im not going to go into all the occurences.. be here for a while! Where i am now feels like im on the...
    overthinker247 overthinker247 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    The Defence Mechanism

      This is Richard here. I have posted in my earlier stories that i am a person who struggles to be social and interact with people.I have also mentioned the fact that i believe that i am a APD victim.I relate myself to an APD (Avoidant Personality Disorder) patient, because...
    lethalpredtr lethalpredtr 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 1, 2013

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    I suffer with Behavioural Personality Disorder

    (Dependent Type), but I'm pretty resourceful and plan and strategise my way through life's ups and downs. What bothers me most is my inconsistency. I'll tell myself I'm going to do a thing, then don't. I'm sure it's a pretty common thing like looking back on embarrassing...
    ianmightknow ianmightknow 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 5, 2013

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    Bipolar

    I've struggled with mental illness most of my life although I did not get diagnosed till 16 years ago.  I've been through many different meds, some worked for awhile, some not at all. I recently went through ECT treatment because nothing else seemed to work and I'd run out of...
    lswycoff lswycoff 51-55 1 Response Dec 21, 2011

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    Mental Illness

    I have experienced mental illness all my life. My first clear memory of it is from about the age of 6. When I was with my classmates in the school playground I felt I was imprisoned behind glass. I couldn't make contact. Not that it was that simple. Most of the girls in my class...
    birdinthebush birdinthebush 66-70 1 Response Oct 7, 2010

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    I think I might be get depressed.

    . My mind doesn't feel right anyone it's like I'm a whole new person and I'm to scared to admit it to anyone, as I always been a really strong 'bottled up' person I hate telling people how I feel I hate seeming weak! But I feel like I can go on anymore I just want this to fix it...
    clarajj clarajj 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 29, 2013

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    I Have A Chemical Imbalance

    Well about four years ago i started having problems.The  doctors didn't even know what was wrong with me.I.have been diagnosed as bi polar and dilusional disorder.I now go to a natural path who also went to regular medical school.She has done wonders for me because...
    stebrown83 stebrown83 26-30, F Aug 24, 2010

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    I suffer from health anxiety .

    Sometimes I can laugh at it, because I can understand how bizarre it seems to the outside world, but when I'm in the middle of an 'episode' it is terrifying. I have 'had' coming up to ten terminal illnesses in the past 12 weeks. This morning I woke up with a new one. I feel...
    annabellagwokamella annabellagwokamella 26-30, F Dec 11, 2013

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    Frustration, Confusion and Despair

    I don't want to sound gloomy, but the last couple of days have    been very difficult. I can't go outside and stay there very long, before the terror and the paranoia overwhelms me. I mean 48 hrs. ago everything was fine and then BAM !!!I was knocked to my knees...
    Engine32 Engine32 46-50, M 5 Responses Oct 23, 2007

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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 and worse. It's not my fault. But school is the worst place for me. I dont fit in there. It's embarrassing coming out of learning support and having...
    matti1342 matti1342 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    Why So Sad?

    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 17, and it couldn't have been at a worse time. I was going through hospitals like it was nothing. I have always struggled with my illness, but up until a point, no one could figure out just what was wrong. It is said that a lot of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    The Bottomless Pit

    Every day of my life I seem to be in a dark bottomless pit and I can't see the top. I want to be with people but at the same time, I want to be in my apartment alone withe the shades drawn and the doors closed. It seems as if my best friends are my tv and my computer as well as...
    kyred kyred 61-65 3 Responses Oct 27, 2008

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    "Common Cold"

    I suffer from depression and anxiety. I have panic attacks occasionally, and my family always think they're like tantrums and that I just acting out, not that I'm in actual pain. I've had depression since I was 12 and went to therapy for it when I was 15. I'm 18 now and trying a...
    PuckishRogue PuckishRogue 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 27, 2013

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    http://health.clevelandclinic.

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    cronin43 cronin43 46-50 Mar 14

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    My Depression And Drinking Began Giving Me Problems In Every Aspect Of My Life

    Sometimes baggage can be locked up for a long time and, even though the keys to that baggage can be opened with a key so that you can deal with it, some of us seem to have no strength to turn it in the bag. 33 years ago my wife at the time asked to separate so that she could...
    EarlW EarlW 61-65, M Apr 2, 2012

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    I'm A Mess, And Very Few People Know.

    I've been clinically diagnosed with one anxiety disorder, two personality disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I'm capable functioning as a productive member of society and putting up a healthy, well-adjusted front. If only people knew what lurked under the surface. My...
    CleverScreenName CleverScreenName 31-35, M 3 Responses Jan 7, 2010

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    On My Own

    Just wish sometimes somebody would understand how I feel
    EnglishEmpress EnglishEmpress 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 24, 2013

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    I am going to write and write till this anger

    goes, I hate feeling like this I really do and this is me trying to take a step to acknowledging my behaviour and trying my best to stop it. So I will explain as to why I feel like this ok, well my ex has been feeling crap today and I did do my best to be there for her. I text...
    BrokenAngel35 BrokenAngel35 31-35, F Dec 11, 2013

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    Everyday Has Been A Constant Hell Since 1995

    I battle mental illness and my weakness to depression and anxiety I regret all my life the people I have had the misfortune to meet I wish I knew more caring people who valued me and understood my mental illness.
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 10, 2011

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    New..

    I'm 19 and have just been diagnosed with a serious anxiety disorder. I feel lost, I know I'm not alone. I just don't know how to deal with this.
    myfairlady24 myfairlady24 18-21 4 Responses Feb 20, 2011

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    Depression

    especially now with my spinal issuees getting worse.i really get depressed about not being able to do things i used to do.and there are times i just want to disappear.i have had on and off depression since i was a teenager.my doc used to say that it was just a reaction to how...
    ghostofmyself ghostofmyself 36-40 May 30, 2009

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    Agoraphobia With Panic Disorder.

    That is what I suffer from the panic disorder and agoraphobia.  It is about to kill me, I'm not even kidding.
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 7, 2010

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    Why Me?

    All my life I always knew I was different then everyone else, I just didn't know why. I thought differently, I couldn't fit in, I never had very many friends because I could never find anyone I could relate to. The only person I related to was my older brother, I looked up to him...
    MoodSwingBetty MoodSwingBetty 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 1, 2011

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    A few nights ago I almost overdosed of pills

    I've been stock piling. I hadn't taken my antipsychotic since November 30 and I was losing my mind. I was sleeping maybe a hour every night for weeks, until one night I didn't sleep at all and almost ODed. I got my medication finally on the 20th. I still feel weird. I don't...
    Spilled Spilled 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 23, 2013

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    I Have A Chemical Imbalance

    Well about four years ago i started having problems.The  doctors didn't even know what was wrong with me.I.have been diagnosed as bi polar and dilusional disorder.I now go to a natural path who also went to regular medical school.She has done wonders for me because...
    stebrown83 stebrown83 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 24, 2010

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    Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted. It is based on a true story written by Susanna Kaysen. Well i have something in common with Susanna, and the other characters so the whole movie experience likely feel, right.   Few famous quotes from the movie: Valerie Owens: You know, I can take a lot...
    pokpoksaalak pokpoksaalak 26-30, F May 4, 2011

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    Young, Confused, And A Little Scared

    I have tried to write about my situation multiple times on this draft but it just seems to get harder and harder. I begin writing a book even when I try to keep things down to a list. Bottom line, my sister has mental illnesses, I fear that I have mental illnesses, and the past...
    B3337 B3337 16-17 2 Responses Jan 26, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    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 6 days ago

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    i get it all the time people say they understand me and i'm like how can you say that i don't even understand me at least not completely and in fact i think it's insulting to say...
    BenjaminChapman BenjaminChapman 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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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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    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...
    XoxOutcastxoX XoxOutcastxoX 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    One of my best friends in the entire world was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, among some other things. She felt different after knowing she was bipolar like something...
    PenandMind PenandMind 18-21, F 7 Responses Apr 2

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    It sounds really dumb, but I struggle with communicating my feelings and problems with others, even friends and family. Why? I guess part of it is forming a mindset that I am...
    niknak7 niknak7 16-17, F Mar 24

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    I have struggled with a eating disorder for the last 5 years. I thought once i got to my "goal" weight i would stop and life would go on. Every time i reached my "goal" i would say...
    erika614 erika614 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I recently got charged with a dui and Although I am grateful I did not hurt anyone or myself, I am beginning to really struggle with the mistake I made and the aftermath it has...
    anonymously3737 anonymously3737 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 21

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    I've struggled with various eating disorders since being bullied at 11 years old, but the anorexia vs bulimia was the worst. I never lost or gained enough weight for anybody to...
    MMXIV MMXIV 18-21, F Mar 31

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    I am single christian guy who struggles with homosexuality. I have being struggling with it since I was a teenager.I am now 24 and the battle is far from over. I am trusting in God...
    ronwhent47 ronwhent47 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 1

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    I finally understood, Why I'm so attention seeking Why I behave like this Why I struggle with my self confidence It's all because of the past, that I've never told anyone. I...
    prettybr0wneyes prettybr0wneyes 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    I struggle with life everyday, I thought nearly dying would make me feel different but it does not, if anything worse and I don't know why
    godswish49 godswish49 46-50, M 3 Responses Apr 4

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    I lost all my friends,I feel detached from everything and everyone,I struggle with anxiety and get severe panic attacks every time I go out,I can't take it anymore,I harm myself...
    intoxicatxd intoxicatxd 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    "Struggle with it" may be the wrong description. It always wins. :( It has been prevalent in my life and it ain't no fun...
    MatureNotDead MatureNotDead 51-55, M Apr 6

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    Hi I am struggle with self harm I want to cut myself
    sarah12389 sarah12389 26-30, F Apr 6

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    Sometimes you got to make choices you don't want to. Sometimes life gets overwhelming and you got to sit back and think about what the right thing to do is. Sometimes you got to be...
    16countrygirl 16countrygirl 16-17, F 1 Response 43 mins ago

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    I feel like I'm about to have a mental break down, I'm starting a new job Sunday, yes I'm excited, over the mood. All that jazz. Yet my heads been ****** for months, I battle...
    YellowLilyPad YellowLilyPad 18-21, F Apr 3

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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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    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...
    AGothicOdyssey AGothicOdyssey 46-50, M 2 Responses Mar 25

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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...
    Jasmine650 Jasmine650 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    This is the second episode I have gone through in my life. The first one was when I was 20 and lasted a year and a half. Now I am 37 and have been in this for 7 months with no end...
    Mingus411 Mingus411 36-40, F Mar 25

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    Has anyone here ever cried over a meal as well? I mean literally having a mental breakdown, tears piling everywhere all over a single meal because you feel you do not deserve it...
    Lucile199 Lucile199 18-21, F Apr 10

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    I struggled for a long time. I would take appetite suppressants or eat only skittles for days on end. And I would force myself to work out for hours almost everyday. Young straight...
    pablobravotx pablobravotx 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 3

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