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    I have depression and anorexia, and it's impacted on my life hugely. I've been in hospital 4 times and sectioned twice. It's forced me to drop out of school and college, i've lost friends and relationships.
    It's so hard to deal with and there should definatly be more support and education out there. There is too many judgements and stereotypes out there.

    I hope things improve for you
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I've suffered from pretty severe OCD for five years now; it crushed myself confidence and made me a pretty messed up individual.

    Only now am I kind of coming to terms with the fact that I really do need help (taken long enough)..and I'm so tired of having to pretend everything's okay- I daren't moan about it incase I annoy people.

    My parents still don't know but I hate to admit I can't help but feel ashamed and embarassed even though I know I shouldn't.

    Anyway, I'm interested in how people handle it whether it's yourself or someone you know.

    I think that there should be more of an emphasis on recognising mental illnesses because in my experience nobody really talks about them because they're kind of invisible if you get what I mean and my parents have often just labelled me as a 'hormonal' teenager :/

    I have therapy for it, it's really helped me Though it's not easy and I would never pretend that it is! I've nearly finished it now and I'm proud of myself for getting this far. I do things now that I could never have imagined doing a few months ago. It really is worth a try! (and apparently much better in the long term than meds)

    Don't let it take over your life anymore, there are people out there who will help you get rid of it

    Good luck!
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    ADD, social anxiety, maybe autism...

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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Also, anyone who does regular exercise - how does it help your mental condition?
    For me it varies, sometimes it makes me feel a bit better (must be the endorphins and things), other times it makes me feel worse. It's a bit hit and miss if I'm honest. I visit the gym a few times a week and sometimes the stress of being around so many people can make me feel even worse rather than better.
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    (Original post by gemma249)
    Your circumstances are really hard, and I really feel for you and sympathise with you. It really is a hard thing to go through, and noone who hasn't experienced it can ever really imagine what it's like. Have you been to see anyone to see if you can get help? Though it doesn't work for everyone (it didn't for me) some people I know have had great results.
    You are certainly not lazy or scrounging, there is a massive gap between being lazy and not being able to get up because you feel so awful. You wouldn't say having flu is being lazy, and nor is this.

    I have a couple of ideas for you, if I may? I know you say you can't get the motivation to get a job, which I totally sympathise with. However, I think the key feeling is to feel WANTED. So what about doing some volunteering or something? Knowing you're making a difference to other people can sometimes help you get up. Perhaps try a local charity shop, or St John's ambulance, or a care home, or home for disabled children. Or simply google volunteering in your area. If you're on a gap year or whatever, you might have enough time to try like the NSPCC or Childline or something? They'd be so grateful for any help you could give I'm sure!

    I really hope things get better for you
    Thank you. Oh god you're making me cry again! In a good way though (?) haha

    yeah I have been really interested in doing voluntary work, especially as (this may sound silly) I feel my depression has made me much more compassionate and I would love to help out other people. I also feel that it would be much less pressured and would give me some work experiance as I have had very little.


    The only problem is the face that I have literally no income. I'm living with my boyfriends parents and there is so much pressure on him for money, which is hard as he is in education. He has been brilliant and understanding but he's getting fed up with providing for me (which is completely understandable) so I do meed some sort of income. I am applying for job seekers (for money and in the hope it will motivate me to find work).

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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Thank you. Oh god you're making me cry again! In a good way though (?) haha

    yeah I have been really interested in doing voluntary work, especially as (this may sound silly) I feel my depression has made me much more compassionate and I would love to help out other people. I also feel that it would be much less pressured and would give me some work experiance as I have had very little.


    The only problem is the face that I have literally no income. I'm living with my boyfriends parents and there is so much pressure on him for money, which is hard as he is in education. He has been brilliant and understanding but he's getting fed up with providing for me (which is completely understandable) so I do meed some sort of income. I am applying for job seekers (for money and in the hope it will motivate me to find work).

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    Haha that's alright. It sounds like doing a bit of voluntary work would be good for you. I did 2 1/2 years in an Oxfam shop when I was 15-17 or so, and I found it actually has helped me no end since. Unless you're totally and utterly useless they can't really complain about you so it's a great way to get a good reference for a job. Try asking round and see if you can find something you'd be interested in, places are usually desperate for help! Then it's something to add to your CV, and finding a job might be easier.

    I can understand that you must feel you're a bit of a burden on your boyfriend's family, but by doing something like getting a job or being proactive shows you're trying and they will definitely appreciate that. Even if you don't feel up to a full time job, you could think about a part time job, or even something like babysitting?

    I know I've gone on about this kind of thing for ages, but I only am because as a sufferer of depression since goodness knows how long, now that I've turned 18 there are more job opportunities - and I work 2 jobs on top of my full time at college doing A Levels and I babysit and tutor nearly every week, and in all honesty, they're my favourite things that I do. Knowing people depend on you to be somewhere is a nice feeling! (And you get money. Super bonus!)

    Other things that help are exercise (though I'm a bit lazy and don't do much, but I'd like to be less lazy and do more!) and generally being busy - revising for exams and being stressed is better than miserable in my opinion!

    Having said that, I follow all my own advice... and I'm still not better! So there are probably avenues out there I haven't explored.

    All the best
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    (Original post by fire2burn)
    For me it varies, sometimes it makes me feel a bit better (must be the endorphins and things), other times it makes me feel worse. It's a bit hit and miss if I'm honest. I visit the gym a few times a week and sometimes the stress of being around so many people can make me feel even worse rather than better.
    Hi,

    Hope ya don't mind me asking; but because you suffer from Psychosis, do you think this has been induced by the use of drugs? (If you've taken any in the past, I'm not assuming you have, but if so, do you think this has caused the mental illness?)

    Whats your official diagnosis been? I bet it's always changing!
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    over 250 scars/cuts on my left forearm.

    Finding a job is going to be fun.
    • #33
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    In so many ways..judging by other posters in here, unfortunately some mental illnesses seem to trigger others, or at least make you more susceptible to them. I've had mild depression, that led to bulimia when I was 16-17. Now I've found out I have AvPD (avoidance personality disorder). I cry at the slightest criticism, spent all of secondary school crying in class if a teacher told me off for something really minor such as not doing the homework. I thought I was just an overly sensitive person but the fact that no-one else acted like this made me realise I'm not normal. I can't call people or answer phone calls. I'm looking for a job currently but that problem makes it hard because I get so nervous when calling people, I feel like I'm going to be sick. The only people I can bear to call are my parents. I don't have many friends because I fear rejection if I invite them to do something. All of this makes my depression worse. I've started missing crits (I go to art school and we have crits every thursday) because I am so terrified about the smallest of negative feedback about my work, and I'd be so embarrassed if I started crying in front of the whole class. I feel like such a weak person
    This is just the same as me :O The last crit we had i started to cry so left quickly and went into the library to cry. I tried cycling with my boyfriend last week and it got so achy towards the end... I didn't want to keep going and eventually just burst into tears every 5 minutes and eventually had a panic attack after getting all worked up over not wanting to be boring or let him down. I can't really call people anyway, except my boyfriend.
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    After reading this thread, I think/am hoping, that it has helped me realise that I DO have problems and I need to sort them out.

    I'm 19 now but from the age of 12 was diagnosed with anorexia (although I was also bulimic but never told anyone). To make things more complicated, I am diabetic, and kept my blood scores and dangerously high levels for years (still do) in order to keep my weight low. Just a quick explanation: basically with high blood everything gets flushed through your system really quickly and you urinate everything out almost immediately - gross I know!

    It got to the extent when I ended up with kidney damage at age 16 and spent a few months in hospital. After hospital, I was referred to a psychologist and saw her until I was 17 but for the last 2 years I haven't had professional help. Whilst I was seeing the psychologist my weight did increase to an almost healthy level, but now I'm not under care, I keep relapsing. Right now, I'm eating no more than a piece of fruit a day.

    I don't really know why I'm writing all of this, I suppose reading everyones problems makes me feel that I need to admit I do have a problem. I've always refused to believe it in the past... hmm... maybe I'll go ahead and call my doctors. Tell them I'm not eating and my blood sugars are high 24/7... but I'm scared of what they'll say/do to me.

    Anyway rant over.... I feel surprisingly better now
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    After reading this thread, I think/am hoping, that it has helped me realise that I DO have problems and I need to sort them out.

    I'm 19 now but from the age of 12 was diagnosed with anorexia (although I was also bulimic but never told anyone). To make things more complicated, I am diabetic, and kept my blood scores and dangerously high levels for years (still do) in order to keep my weight low. Just a quick explanation: basically with high blood everything gets flushed through your system really quickly and you urinate everything out almost immediately - gross I know!

    It got to the extent when I ended up with kidney damage at age 16 and spent a few months in hospital. After hospital, I was referred to a psychologist and saw her until I was 17 but for the last 2 years I haven't had professional help. Whilst I was seeing the psychologist my weight did increase to an almost healthy level, but now I'm not under care, I keep relapsing. Right now, I'm eating no more than a piece of fruit a day.

    I don't really know why I'm writing all of this, I suppose reading everyones problems makes me feel that I need to admit I do have a problem. I've always refused to believe it in the past... hmm... maybe I'll go ahead and call my doctors. Tell them I'm not eating and my blood sugars are high 24/7... but I'm scared of what they'll say/do to me.

    Anyway rant over.... I feel surprisingly better now
    I'm really glad this thread has helped you - it makes you realise that you're certainly not alone in this! Our little society of TSR mentally ill people, we're all in this together! . I really hope you feel able to go to your doctor now, remember that they are there to help you and listen and do their best for you. That is their job, and why they became a doctor!

    I've never really understood anorexia, probably because I can eat for England, but I had a friend who suffered from it and a relative too, so I have seen how hard it is. I hope you win your battle against it!
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hi,

    Hope ya don't mind me asking; but because you suffer from Psychosis, do you think this has been induced by the use of drugs? (If you've taken any in the past, I'm not assuming you have, but if so, do you think this has caused the mental illness?)

    Whats your official diagnosis been? I bet it's always changing!
    My official diagnosis has changed like the winds, different psychiatrists have different opinions. Depression with psychotic features, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder. Currently my diagnosis stands as borderline personality disorder with a note added that I experience psychosis when not on medication. I really don't understand these quack doctors.

    My psychosis is not drug related no, if it was it would be a lot easier to treat unfortunately.
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    (Original post by fire2burn)
    My official diagnosis has changed like the winds, different psychiatrists have different opinions. Depression with psychotic features, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder. Currently my diagnosis stands as borderline personality disorder with a note added that I experience psychosis when not on medication. I really don't understand these quack doctors.

    My psychosis is not drug related no, if it was it would be a lot easier to treat unfortunately.
    Have you ever taken ANY illicit drugs?

    Where do you see your future going? Isn't schizophrenia just permanent psychosis?
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    I've had problems with self harm and anxiety. I'm pretty much ok now, I got it under control. For a while it affected my life quite badly, missed a lot of school, had a lot of problems with my parents but now stuff's pretty normal and I haven't had an anxiety attack in a while.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Have you ever taken ANY illicit drugs?

    Where do you see your future going? Isn't schizophrenia just permanent psychosis?
    I know you're not asking me but I suffer from psychosis too and I've not taken any drugs, ever smoked and I rarely take alcohol. It's literally just been a case of "**** happens" :yes:
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    My ex-girlfriend had a few mental illness issues which worsened towards the end of the relationship. It was difficult because we'd both gone to separate universities in the September of the year, and it became really difficult for me to deal with. In the end, it wasn't really working between us. Knowing her past though, I couldn't just leave her for knowing what she'd be likely to do. I had to talk with her Dad a lot to help me get her to see a doctor about it all, because she wouldn't listen to me, or the nurse in her university. It was really hard to do at the time. She seems much better now though
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    My housemate at uni has OCD and is getting counselling for it. I actually think she's got some other underlying issues since some of the stuff she's said that she's done its a bit like 'oo-er'. It's sort of like a social anxiety type thing which has reared it's head recently. When she's not having an episode (it's what she calls them) she's actually an amazing person.

    She had a session yesterday with her counsellor and she was the most optimistic I'd seen her since we started back in September. It's rather nice to see her with a spring in her step again
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    I've had depression and self-esteem issues for the last 3 and a half years, my parents don't know - I've coped okay. Some days it's worse than others, mainly when I'm stressed or upset it comes back full force for a couple of days, but lately it seems to have lifted a bit and I'm learning to like myself
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    I have clinical depression and social anxiety, and I think it started to manifest when I was in Year 9 at school when everything in my life, particularly at school, changed too fast and I lost friends, started getting severely bullied, started putting on weight, etc. The problem is, nobody ever really helped me, and I never helped myself either. Instead I started staying in the house more and I joined an online game (Habbo lol) which I was pretty much addicted to until when I nearly finished Year 11. I didn't get as good as GCSE results as I wanted, although I didn't do THAT badly (B's and C's) and I'm still pretty much a recluse. I was burned out by the time I started sixth form, where I utterly screwed up my AS year and I'm not doing as good as I should be in college. I have the ability, but not the motivation. I get irrational moments of being afraid so I get anxious and don't come in a lot, or I'm too tired/depressed to, hence why I'm taking a break from education next year. Soo. Yeah. Lost friends, gained weight, now more afraid of social situations then ever.

    The worst thing is I guess, that’s only half my problem. I’ve got scars all over my body from self-harm, one on my stomach, few on my legs and some on my arms. It was down to my own stupidity. I don’t know how I ever bought into it, but I was addicted to self-harm. I’ve attempted suicide twice, an overdose, which just left me feeling as if I was hungover and couldn’t sleep (I never went to hospital, though) and, well, this wasn’t really an attempt but more of a want, but I wanted to throw myself off a multi-storey carpark when I was 17. Unfortunately, I got spotted by live CCTV cameras who contacted the police and I was arrested under the Mental Health Act, which isn’t a criminal thing at all, but I was held in a police cell for 6 hours with a police officer guarding my cell until I was assessed by a Shrink, a GP and a social worker who sent me to a psych ward for the weekend, voluntarily that is, though.

    I’m a bit better from then now, obviously, but I found out that situation with the police could be recorded if I ever need an enhanced CRB disclosure, despite the fact it’s not a criminal record, but it could be seen as ‘additional relevant information’, so there’s a chance that might be used against me some day. It’s certainly not positive information about me is it?

    Butttt I digress.
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I know you're not asking me but I suffer from psychosis too and I've not taken any drugs, ever smoked and I rarely take alcohol. It's literally just been a case of "**** happens" :yes:
    Yeah I suppose that's one way of looking at it!

    I don't understand psychosis though...what do you actually experience, like would you believe you're Jesus, or you're a famous football player and you actually believe these thoughts?

    Please could you tell me a couple of your psychotic experiences so I canbegin to understand them?

 
 
 
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