Human stories of mental health

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"I started having panic attacks 3 years ago, caused by multiple traumas. The years from 16 to 18 had the biggest impact on my life. I was diagnosed with PTSD just 10 months ago. After what I went through I started feeling scared of going out, socializing or even making a phone call to make an appointment. I would just avoid the situation. Outside I seemed normal but I was actually burning inside; I wanted to leave my own skin but there was no escape. I didn't know what it was, I didn't know…

"I started having panic attacks 3 years ago, caused by multiple traumas. The years from 16 to 18 had the biggest impact on my life. I was diagnosed with PTSD just 10 months ago. After what I went through I started feeling scared of going out, socializing or even making a phone call to make an appointment. I would just avoid the situation. Outside I seemed normal but I was actually burning inside; I wanted to leave my own skin but there was no escape. I didn't know what it was, I didn't know…

Content Warning: Suicide "It all started in middle school. I was called names and bullied. It continued on in high school. That's when everyone started to use social media to bully me. I started going to therapy but it didn't stop them from talking about me. It felt like I was all alone. There was no one that stood up for me. I lost a lot of friends from it. Everyone said I was too depressed and they didn't want to deal with me. I just wanted to disappear. I tried to kill myself two times…

Content Warning: Suicide "It all started in middle school. I was called names and bullied. It continued on in high school. That's when everyone started to use social media to bully me. I started going to therapy but it didn't stop them from talking about me. It felt like I was all alone. There was no one that stood up for me. I lost a lot of friends from it. Everyone said I was too depressed and they didn't want to deal with me. I just wanted to disappear. I tried to kill myself two times…

"Comparing myself to other people. Being a high-achiever, wanting to do so many different things and becoming overwhelmed. Traveling for too long and missing my main life being a professional musician. This all led to my first short patch of anxiety and depression, followed by a second patch a year later which lasted much longer. Both times I was backpacking. I was thinking way too much, about huge regrets that I couldn't seem to let go. At the worst point I felt trapped. Even though I knew…

"Comparing myself to other people. Being a high-achiever, wanting to do so many different things and becoming overwhelmed. Traveling for too long and missing my main life being a professional musician. This all led to my first short patch of anxiety and depression, followed by a second patch a year later which lasted much longer. Both times I was backpacking. I was thinking way too much, about huge regrets that I couldn't seem to let go. At the worst point I felt trapped. Even though I knew…

"In my teens, and postnatally, I struggled with anxiety and depression. I experienced a lot of trauma as a child and so this was a trigger. It feels like my stomach is full of rocks... Like my throat is closing over... Like my heart is breaking. Right now, I'm on the road to recovery! I'm feeling empowered. Starting my own online resource (website and blog) dedicated to reducing stigma and raising awareness of postnatal depression has helped. By helping others I have gained from my own…

"In my teens, and postnatally, I struggled with anxiety and depression. I experienced a lot of trauma as a child and so this was a trigger. It feels like my stomach is full of rocks... Like my throat is closing over... Like my heart is breaking. Right now, I'm on the road to recovery! I'm feeling empowered. Starting my own online resource (website and blog) dedicated to reducing stigma and raising awareness of postnatal depression has helped. By helping others I have gained from my own…

"I am alone in an endless field, arms outstretched, twirling in the breeze. The air is fresh in my face and makes my eyes water with clarity. The breeze then moves down the back of my neck and suddenly cuts its way through the latching of cotton clinging to my back. It seeps through my shirt and down my spine. This mysterious cold soon decides to venture along my fingertips and I start to shake. Not from the cold though, but from something else entirely. It eats away at my skin and before I…

"I am alone in an endless field, arms outstretched, twirling in the breeze. The air is fresh in my face and makes my eyes water with clarity. The breeze then moves down the back of my neck and suddenly cuts its way through the latching of cotton clinging to my back. It seeps through my shirt and down my spine. This mysterious cold soon decides to venture along my fingertips and I start to shake. Not from the cold though, but from something else entirely. It eats away at my skin and before I…

content warning: sexual abuse "My experience with mental health started between the ages of 6 and 11. The triggers - sexual abuse from my stepfather as well as being a witness to domestic violence. It felt like nobody cared. I was having anxiety attacks. I had issues with my self-esteem. I have just finished 18 weeks of group therapy which has reduced my anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder symptoms dramatically. Group counselling with other abuse survivors has really helped me. I…

content warning: sexual abuse "My experience with mental health started between the ages of 6 and 11. The triggers - sexual abuse from my stepfather as well as being a witness to domestic violence. It felt like nobody cared. I was having anxiety attacks. I had issues with my self-esteem. I have just finished 18 weeks of group therapy which has reduced my anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder symptoms dramatically. Group counselling with other abuse survivors has really helped me. I…

"I always had problems socialising as a kid because I moved around a bunch and had to make new friends every other year. I started feeling isolated and worthless. It feels like all my emotions have been blunted. Happiness seems like a distant blurry memory. I randomly cry and then feel digusted with myself for being so pathetic. However, I refuse to be beaten by my mental illness and will continue to live my life mostly out of an unwillingness to surrender. I write poems to put my thoughts…

"I always had problems socialising as a kid because I moved around a bunch and had to make new friends every other year. I started feeling isolated and worthless. It feels like all my emotions have been blunted. Happiness seems like a distant blurry memory. I randomly cry and then feel digusted with myself for being so pathetic. However, I refuse to be beaten by my mental illness and will continue to live my life mostly out of an unwillingness to surrender. I write poems to put my thoughts…

content warning: suicide, abuse "I was drowning in insecurities that stopped me from properly functioning. The adults in my life always chalked it up to being too sensitive. In middle school, my 'shyness' became a problem. I never participated in class. I struggled getting to school everyday, even though I loved learning and had good grades. In 8th grade I didn't go to school for 3 months and I had to suffer through home and hospital. By the end of that year I thought I was 'fixed'. I was…

content warning: suicide, abuse "I was drowning in insecurities that stopped me from properly functioning. The adults in my life always chalked it up to being too sensitive. In middle school, my 'shyness' became a problem. I never participated in class. I struggled getting to school everyday, even though I loved learning and had good grades. In 8th grade I didn't go to school for 3 months and I had to suffer through home and hospital. By the end of that year I thought I was 'fixed'. I was…

"From the outside looking in everyone always thought I was a happy little girl. Ever since I was little though, I always felt unhappy - I just never let people know. It wasn't until I was 18 that people started to finally notice my major depressive disorder. I had a dark cloud hovering over me. It's terrifying. Some days I'm ok. Then other days I'll be trying to do the dishes and break out crying for no apparent reason. Honestly, the most scary part about MDD is that I'm afraid that I won't…

"From the outside looking in everyone always thought I was a happy little girl. Ever since I was little though, I always felt unhappy - I just never let people know. It wasn't until I was 18 that people started to finally notice my major depressive disorder. I had a dark cloud hovering over me. It's terrifying. Some days I'm ok. Then other days I'll be trying to do the dishes and break out crying for no apparent reason. Honestly, the most scary part about MDD is that I'm afraid that I won't…

Content warning: sexual abuse "It started in my home. I was sexually abused at the age of 7 and it continued until roughly the age of 11. I only realised later that it affected my mental health. It feels horrible. Everyday is a constant struggle. It's as if I'm in a state of fear everyday of my life. I'm on the verge of a flashback or a panic attack at any moment. Right now I'm just trying to be stronger than my illness. I am working on not letting it control my life. Medication, therapy…

Content warning: sexual abuse "It started in my home. I was sexually abused at the age of 7 and it continued until roughly the age of 11. I only realised later that it affected my mental health. It feels horrible. Everyday is a constant struggle. It's as if I'm in a state of fear everyday of my life. I'm on the verge of a flashback or a panic attack at any moment. Right now I'm just trying to be stronger than my illness. I am working on not letting it control my life. Medication, therapy…

CONTENT WARNING: Suicide attempt "I first started having suicidal thoughts when I was 15 years old. High school was a very hard time for me. I felt alone and I had no friends I could talk to. When I was 17 years old my first girlfriend broke up with me. I then tried my first and only suicide attempt. The end of that first long distance relationship was the trigger - it was the breaking point for me. It felt like my life was over. I was done. It was the straw that broke the camels back. When…

CONTENT WARNING: Suicide attempt "I first started having suicidal thoughts when I was 15 years old. High school was a very hard time for me. I felt alone and I had no friends I could talk to. When I was 17 years old my first girlfriend broke up with me. I then tried my first and only suicide attempt. The end of that first long distance relationship was the trigger - it was the breaking point for me. It felt like my life was over. I was done. It was the straw that broke the camels back. When…

"When I was 8 I couldn't bring myself to stand in front of people and talk without feeling the need to throw up. My brother would constantly tease me. He basically became a bully I couldn't get away from. I couldn't escape it. Every time I felt like I was getting better, something else pushed me back down. I am getting better though. My school attendance is nothing near perfect, but it's improving. I have friends now. I take medication. I went to therapy and I learnt ways to control my bpd…

"When I was 8 I couldn't bring myself to stand in front of people and talk without feeling the need to throw up. My brother would constantly tease me. He basically became a bully I couldn't get away from. I couldn't escape it. Every time I felt like I was getting better, something else pushed me back down. I am getting better though. My school attendance is nothing near perfect, but it's improving. I have friends now. I take medication. I went to therapy and I learnt ways to control my bpd…

"I had just moved out of home. I was 25. I had suffered from anxiety in the past but thought that was behind me. I struggled a lot with being on my own; although I was living with others, they weren't my support network. I was having some health issues at the time too and in hindsight, it was when I needed my support network most and I moved away from it. I started feeling anxious all the time, I cried a lot, I felt like I had lost myself. I hated being in that house, I would make every…

"I had just moved out of home. I was 25. I had suffered from anxiety in the past but thought that was behind me. I struggled a lot with being on my own; although I was living with others, they weren't my support network. I was having some health issues at the time too and in hindsight, it was when I needed my support network most and I moved away from it. I started feeling anxious all the time, I cried a lot, I felt like I had lost myself. I hated being in that house, I would make every…

"I began to notice my experience last summer. I really wasn't getting out as much as I wanted, I gained a little bit of weight, and didn't feel energized in the way I did during summers previously. I started a new relationship and it quickly dissolved because of my anxiety. I was anxious about normal issues like in any relationship, but I just couldn't seem to let them go. I was in counselling, and while that was a good place to talk in an unbiased environment, the anxious thoughts would…

"I began to notice my experience last summer. I really wasn't getting out as much as I wanted, I gained a little bit of weight, and didn't feel energized in the way I did during summers previously. I started a new relationship and it quickly dissolved because of my anxiety. I was anxious about normal issues like in any relationship, but I just couldn't seem to let them go. I was in counselling, and while that was a good place to talk in an unbiased environment, the anxious thoughts would…

“It started at around 22 with depression but I didn't know what was going on and just thought I had some underlying problem that doctors couldn't find, so I lived with it. Most days I had no energy. I really didn't want to go to work because I was struggling so much, but I had bills to pay and knew I wanted to buy my own a house by the time I was 40 so I still worked hard. I was hiding my problems the best I could. I'm better now and with help from doctors and friends I understand more…

“It started at around 22 with depression but I didn't know what was going on and just thought I had some underlying problem that doctors couldn't find, so I lived with it. Most days I had no energy. I really didn't want to go to work because I was struggling so much, but I had bills to pay and knew I wanted to buy my own a house by the time I was 40 so I still worked hard. I was hiding my problems the best I could. I'm better now and with help from doctors and friends I understand more…

Content Warning: Suicide "I’ve had body image issues since I was 11 and it escalated into an eating disorder by the time I was 17. I focused on my anorexia so much that I lost friends, had to leave university and struggled to cope with my job even though I was only working 16 hours a week. By the time I was 21 I was on my second stay in a psychiatric unit. I had tried to end my life. I didn’t see any hope for me in the future; I couldn't see a way out of my eating disorder and I thought it…

Content Warning: Suicide "I’ve had body image issues since I was 11 and it escalated into an eating disorder by the time I was 17. I focused on my anorexia so much that I lost friends, had to leave university and struggled to cope with my job even though I was only working 16 hours a week. By the time I was 21 I was on my second stay in a psychiatric unit. I had tried to end my life. I didn’t see any hope for me in the future; I couldn't see a way out of my eating disorder and I thought it…

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