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I Struggle With Mental Illness

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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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    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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    Hello world. After a long

    and difficult 16 years of abuse, watching my mother be abused, and watching my step everywhere I go waiting for my dear father to snap again, we moved out. For the past three years I have been struggling with acute depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The PTSD is...
    MissDoomNGloom MissDoomNGloom 18-21 2 Responses May 25

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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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    I want to remember this Forever keep it a page

    I can turn to But my mind has already left me It was blown out like a speaker It rattles and shakes where it should be smooth, steady and yielding Summarily, I'm existing beyond mind I don't have it I can't pull things up for review As soul, I'm looking at a control board with...
    ArtemisAncestor ArtemisAncestor 26-30, F 1 Response May 9

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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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    Hospital Time

    It's becoming more obvious each passing day that I need to go back to hospital . Wondering if it's time for ECT , I should have pushed for it last time as this ain't living . I want it to end but when I look at my kids I can't do that . I need to stay longer this time .I need...
    certifiable certifiable 70+, F 1 Response Feb 15, 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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    "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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    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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    All I keep doing is pushing people away like my

    mum and dad an blame my mum mostly when my dad's the one who's the reason they split up. In school I'm just horrible to my friends an don't speak to them but they take it personal but they don't understand it's not them it's me. On the outside I blame everyone else but In the...
    wait0what wait0what 13-15, F Jun 30

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    Since the age of five I have been diagnosed

    with Bipolar disorder with general anxiety and I was cleared for Aspburgers. So I never generally made friends because I was the weird child, my emotions were not normal and I did not act like other kids, even worse a lot of teachers did not know how to handle me. So it was a...
    Giraffafa Giraffafa 18-21, F 1 Response May 9

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    I suffer from ME (chronic muscle fatigue)

    and all its related symptoms inc social anxiety, low self esteem, depression. I am here looking for fiends to chat with as years of battling this illness have now left me unable to work and agoraphobic. I am also here to share my experiences and help people if i can. I am a...
    SAandME SAandME 46-50, M 1 Response May 26

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Nov 21, 2011

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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 2 Responses Mar 10, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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'm torn. I'm torn about accepting the mental

    illness labels doctors have diagnosed me with, such as having bipolar and depression, because I don't want the labels to define me. At the same time, I know that in a sense, it could help me when it comes to getting the proper help I need since I struggle day to day with these...
    JadedDivinity JadedDivinity 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 15

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    This is a response I wrote to an anorexic woman.

    I'm bipolar, but I've talked to enough people with other kinds of mental illnesses to see we have a lot in common. I wrote this to a woman who, like me, said she hated herself. I was trying to explain what I have learned to help cope with this problem. First, I started by...
    wundayatta wundayatta 56-60, M Jul 13

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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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    heatherm10 heatherm10 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 14

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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 3 Responses Nov 20, 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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    org/2014/01/greater-number-diseases-now-attributed-to-smoking/
    cronin43 cronin43 51-55, F Mar 14

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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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    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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    I probably picked up depression genetically

    because it runs in my dad's side of the family. He is bi-polar, and living under that condition was like growing up with an unpredictable alcoholic, which added to the depression and added some degree of anxiety to the mix. I have also been tested for and diagnosed with ADD...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 7

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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 Mar 29

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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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    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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    On My Own

    Just wish sometimes somebody would understand how I feel
    TreeHuggingHippie000 TreeHuggingHippie000 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 24, 2013

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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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    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 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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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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    Related Experiences

    Sometimes it's really hard, but I always need to keep going. I was hospitalized for two days for extreme panic attacks. The whole thing was absolute Hell. I've struggled with...
    stephaanicole stephaanicole 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 5

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    I feel like I have to get this off my chest as it is making me increasingly ill. My life in general is making me increasingly ill. I am 21 year old with Borderline personality...
    Daisypie Daisypie 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I'm new here. And I really wanted to post this, because I struggle with it everyday. And it is that I fear I have multiple mental illnesses. It feels really strange to post that...
    iHack iHack 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 23

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    I have people close to me in my life who have mental illness. I work on the business side of mental healthcare. Right now I am incredibly frustrated with someone near and dear to...
    dropdeadredhead dropdeadredhead 36-40, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I have mental illness on my mother's side of the family. Schizophrenia to be exact. Horrible things have been endured by family members. My father has anxiety and so do I. I...
    caramelLova1 caramelLova1 31-35, F Jul 16

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    Hello.my names Alex and i have schizoaffective disorder, its a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar or depression in my case its depression. it feels so strange when i think...
    weirdalex21 weirdalex21 18-21, F Jul 9

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    Nothing more absurd then others looking at mental illnesses as attention seeking ... So unfair especially from getting told as mentioned above by your family members.
    Angelanorexic Angelanorexic 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    In my opinion, I don't think people really understand Mental Illness unless they experience too.
    nathanieljlaw nathanieljlaw 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 10

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    I've struggled with self harm since about 7th grade. I am now in 10th. I have not cut since January 28, 2014 but I still struggle with other types of self harm. I binge, perge, and...
    ForeverLostPoet ForeverLostPoet 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 3

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    I'm done. I'm sick with all the negativity. I'm turning 17 in a few weeks and for once I want to control this body image im struggling. I'm 5'5 and weigh around 160 pounds (or...
    burningdesir3 burningdesir3 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 12

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    Tomorrow I am going to my friends sisters bridal shower. My friend told me to wear a dress and if I wanted to wear one of hers I could. I hate when she says I should wear her...
    Lipsofred Lipsofred 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 18

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    Since 8th grade I have struggled with so much anxiety. I used to think it was just me getting nervous seeing people I knew out in public, but it gets to a point when you know you...
    xsarah23x xsarah23x 16-17, F 9 hrs ago

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    I struggle with my body image everyday, but nobody can tell. I walk around like I have high self-esteem because I refuse to let people see me down. In reality, I hate the way my...