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I Struggle With Mental Illness

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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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    "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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    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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    edpd1951 edpd1951 61-65, M 1 Response Sep 3

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Sitting in rehab trying not to lose my ****,

    trying to keep myself together, trying to silence the voices in my head talking all at once, even my own. If my other arm was working I would hit myself, hit myself unconscious. I'm full of anxiety, I can't keep still, I'm twitching, and my head is racing at full speed with...
    MorbidMorals MorbidMorals 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 21

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    You know it's really bad

    when you think you need to be in a mental hospital
    whyusteens whyusteens 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 26

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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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    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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    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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    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'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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    heatherm10 heatherm10 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 14

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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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    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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    I have a **** load of stuff wrong with me

    but I won't let it control my life again. I'm doing my best to cope with this incurable ****. I was diagnosed with the skitsophrenia(I can't even fudgen spell it) when I was around 16. It ruined my high school years. I also developed anxiety and depression. I'm doing good now...
    ponycupcake ponycupcake 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 2

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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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    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 enjoy dreams which I am visiting other

    dimensions of civilaztions
    edpd1951 edpd1951 61-65, M Sep 7

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Jun 7

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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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    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 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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    http://health.clevelandclinic.

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

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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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    Why is it so hard for those of us

    who are suffering to get access to proper treatment. Not to mention the treatments available suck, the therapies are not as effective as psychologists would have you believe. Psychiatrists ignore therapy altogether because it's more profitable for them to prescribe you...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 26

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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 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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    Related Experiences

    My sister told me about this website so I figured I'd give it a try since I cant sleep. I'm a soon to be 20 year old girl working as a cashier making minimum wage. I have been...
    AmberIrina AmberIrina 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 2

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    I'm in cluster 4: non psychotic (severe): severe depression, anxiety, elements of social phobia and other disorders and increasing complexity of needs. They may experience...
    lexlugor lexlugor 36-40 4 Responses Aug 21

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    So I was sitting in the waiting room at the doctors office, the other day. And as I'm sitting there a woman with Down's syndrome came in and sat down. She must have been in her...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 3 Responses Aug 29

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    Totally new to this..... So here you go! I've been struggling with mental illnesses for well over 18 years now. At first I was diagnosed as manic-depressive which the psychiatrist...
    accaliaraynne accaliaraynne 26-30, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Stigma is a self-perpetuated cycle. We cry out for awareness and understanding from the shadows of our self-imposed closet. We bang our heads against the walls, wailing songs of...
    o0capricious0o o0capricious0o 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    I'm starting to feel defeated. I am not allowed to attend college due to my mental disorders. Mainly my dissociativeness. And the frequency of my lows - borderline. I want...
    iMinnow iMinnow 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 5

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    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, a diagnosis which my family has refused to accept and just think I have mood swings and just choose to be difficult. I also struggle...
    Thin234 Thin234 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I've got ADD and OCD and the **** affects my life in ways that most people can't understand. I guess I'm just looking for support but there is a stigma about mental illness and...
    fiendforlife fiendforlife 31-35, M 2 Responses Sep 3

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    I'm 19 i have suffered from mental illness since i was thirteen. I have borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression and psychosis. Everyday it is hard to know what's real...
    saucepan95 saucepan95 18-21 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I have bi-polar disorder and I struggle with my job every single day. I have to write for a living and it's difficult to think, it's difficult to remember. I have to read my...
    chaoticallycosmosme chaoticallycosmosme 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 27

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    So if you read my profile u know I struggle with cutting starving myself so one of my friends she found out today what I do and she says she not going to tell my mom what should I...
    Amyann114 Amyann114 13-15, F Aug 25

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