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  1. Hi everyone! I'm huntforbravery. I've got social phobia and it's been kicking my ass lately. I thought joining a community might help me to talk some of it through. Not to mention I'll get to meet new people through the comfort of anonymity . I just graduated from school and am on the job hunt. I spend a lot of time binging TV and blogging. I try and get out of the house and be social when I can. My anxiety can make it hard, though, especially with things like networking events that I can't get out of. Thankfully, I have a good support network who help me through the worst of it. It's nice to meet you all.
  2. Hello everyone, thought I would do what everyone else has done and introduce myself a little. (Possible Trigger below) I am George, I live in Dagenham with my soulmate. I suffer from social anxiety disorder, and depression. I spend everyday indoors, but I do try to go outside at least once during the day. I used to be a member of the Mental Health Forum but felt unwelcome after a couple of years, then I joined RethinkTalk which was great until it closed down and ever since I have been trying to find somewhere else to go...Then a few days ago I found this place! It seemed good to me, and I put a lot of effort into getting here..Considering I had to register over ten times, and create a yahoo account. So obviously I am glad I finally have an account, and can check the place out. I used to be on Citalopram for a short period of time, but then stopped taking them and decided to improve myself, by myself. Last couple of years have dedicated my time into doing just that-sorting my head out! I have not self harmed since a year ago, I no longer starve myself or force myself to throw up, I even ate some things in front of people (phobia of eating in front of people), have gained confidence in myself, haven't tried to kill myself since 2010 and I am generally doing a lot better in life. Although I still have a LOT to work on, I am getting there slowly. Anyway yeah that's me, and my shitty intro
  3. Hello CB I'm Tim, a 29 year old from Australia and I really like the looks of this place, the discussions here just look more real than I'm used to seeing in other mental illness groups and forums. My current diagnoses are Schizophrenia with Mood Component and Melancholic Depression though me and the pdoc seem to be approaching the illness as schizo-affective or more just a killer combo of schizophrenia and bipolar(which was a past diagnosis). I'm a mess, I make digital art every now and then and spend most of my time in my apartment doing something with a computer. I recently deteriorated after losing a volunteer role at a library, my time with a support org expiring and a sister's wedding to overwhelm me, I am making steps to get a life of sorts together again: found a place I might volunteer at, hooked up with another support organisation, reengaged with my pdoc and starting up with a personal trainer. I don't know how I'll end up but actually finding a forum that seems to fit can only help. I look forward to getting to know you all.
  4. Hi all, I'm new and just made a post in the bipolar forums but figured I should introduce myself here as well. I am 28, a mom of 2, and live on the East Coast. I was first diagnosed with major depression at the age of 13, and was later diagnosed with MULTIPLE mental illnesses at the age of 24 (Bipolar I, GAD, EDNOS, Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, complex PTSD, and OCD). At the age of 25 I was also "diagnosed" as an alcoholic. I am extremely self destructive whether I'm depressed or manic and it has been a very rough few years. I've been searching for a mental health support forum for quite some time so I am hoping I can become comfortable here, make friends, and support some others who are struggling along side me.
  5. Hi folks, I'm overthinkin, and I'm a 29 year old guy. I have social phobia and anxiety symptoms which I felt like I had under control, but recently I've really been struggling with ruminating, avoidance, and guilt issues. I've been trying to really increase my use of coping skills and supports, but it can be tough sometimes. I did some google-fu for self-help stuff this week which led me in a roundabout way to here; it seems like a cool place and I look forward to interacting with everybody. I'll probably mostly lurk but I might infrequently post in the anxiety forums, but may chime in other places too.
  6. Hello, all. I am pleased to find myself in this forum. Thanks Truth is, I have wanted to find such a place for some time, but only now that I am about to start MAOI tranylcypromine has it become urgent. I have been fighting against this goddammed disease for some 15 years now. To this very day, no doctor has had the guts (balls?) to diagnose me with anything. They always tend towards personality disorders, OR depression, OR bipolar disorder, OR Schizophrenic spectrum. I have taken most psychiatric medicines you can find in my country. Since six months ago, I simply abandoned doctors. I am sick of the little *******. I was a med student myself before I became incapacitated, mind you. From that half year ago, I have achieved more than expensive professionals had in the past 14 years, and last time I visited my follow up psychiatrist, he disagreed with my methods and prefered not to endorse my plans, or diagnosis. If you think/feel this has happened to you, or someone you know. You are not alone. Doctors don't know everything, never have, never will, neither individually nor as as whole. They are humans, and as such they make mistakes, and then rarely admit them. Fight for life, for that's what we have. Even for the healthy, life is a fight. Never forget many depressed patients improve to the point of feeling capable, finding life partners, having kids, etc, and that ALL OF THOSE DEPRESSED GUYS once felt like sh1t you might have thought you are, but now they are better. You might become one of them regarless what you think now, or later. Keep trying. See you around!
  7. Just thought I'd introduce myself... I'm a 25 year old female, diagnosed with bipolar II, and also have anxiety (generalized. Somewhat antisocial, also have PTSD from past trauma). I really have no support system as far as mental illness goes so I thought maybe joining an online forum may help. Other than my crazy, I enjoy reading, music, keeping up with current events, and I also love animals. I used to work at an animal rescue. So anyway; I'm bad with introductions. But I am happy to be here. Many blessings, peace and love to all.
  8. Hi, I stumbled upon this site almost a year ago, but hesitated making an account. I wasn't sure if I'd really "fit in" and connect to other people, but I want to try. It'd be great to meet other people and, hopefully over time, find some great friends. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and it's nice to "meet" you all
  9. So a bit about me... I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2013 and was admitted to the hospital because things were really bad. I saw things primarily. Shadows and angel-like things. It felt like a monster was inside of me.. The voices took over my life in 2011. So I was undiagnosed for two years. During that time it was on and off, but I did weird stuff, which I'm ashamed of. Still I'm grateful to have been caught up into the system pretty quickly and got very good treatment. My medicine works well but some days are slightly worse than others. I've gone to my therapist for about one and a half year. I will stop going in August. Happy I found this forum, makes me feel not so alone.. Hope I can know you guys alittle better as time goes.
  10. i just joined today, mostly because an answer id been scouring google for came from this site. my names sky im 28 and idk what else to say for an introduction i probably sound stupid af. i like roleplaying and flight rising and i do a lot of digital art in my spare time. mostly fanart. i dont know what else to say so hi! nice to meet everyone :33
  11. Hi I am quite new here but I read the rules, I am fine with that, totally reasonable, also I can familiarize myself quick with anything so I don't think I'll struggle with the forum. I am 25 and I am from the UK, I am a pianist and I play in a band, but no records yet I had a tough time growing up, lots of changes. I used to be treated like trash and then when I moved I used to be so over-praised, it was over the top. Currently, I am suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (Impulsive Type) and PTSD. I've had loads of therapy and I don't have flashbacks anymore, so that's good. Some doctors thought as well I might be a bit histrionic sometimes but only when I am really distressed. I am also quite confident for a borderline, well most of the time.
  12. Hello All, First, I'm going to appologize in advance for anything that may bruise others unintentionally. Coming from a place of damage; I've noticed that those with MI have easily agitated emotions. (Myself included, but it's different things than most people have about disparaging comments. Perhaps because I make most of those comments about myself in the first place, so epithets and generalizations don't cause issue.) My name is Will and while I've had a few diagnoses; I'm not sure if any of them were correct. I also have a severe distrust and dislike of MH professionals due to my history. With the way things have gone, there just isn't much faith that these people are acting in anything other than professional self-interest. (ie. Diagnoses de jure, pushing pills and labels to program society and individuals, etc.) I'm here mainly to read/lurk and maybe make a few observations or solicit unprofessional advice--but it is important to note: this does not mean I am dismissive of other's access and seeking of treatment. I guess it's because I live in Alabama, and we've only just stopped clapping folks in straight-jackets and locking our 'hysterical' relatives in attics. (Sarcastically, but the state of things in our State is beyond terrible. I often ask anyone who moves here "Why are you HERE? Why not somewhere with a glimmer of something that isn't meth-encrusted tinfoil?") The first Dx came down when I was seven and it was for ADHD. No offence to anyone with this; but I'm not really sure that the condition really exists. I see it more as a way for the MH establishment to control energetic, young boys. Granted, with other factors going on; there was something wrong with me then as well as now. No one has consistent suicidal ideation and fantasy for 20 years+, and isn't broken in some way. After being proscribed Ritalin, Imiprimine, and Luvox, nothing really changed. This lead to my cessation of the drug when I was about twelve, along with cessation of all psychiatric services after there were no improvements to my condition. I learned to shut up when my parents remaried, and that continued until I moved out into my grandparents home when I was 18. Mainly due to the Old Man as I call him and his abusive practices. Then came the second round of therapy and pills, which convinced me that there was no apparent help for whatever is really wrong with me. I was diagnosed with BiPolar Disorder at this time and proscribed 250mg of Lamictal twice daily as a result. Talk therapy really gave no relief--even now this is a problem. It seems that talking about anything just drags my listener into the detestable, nihilistic viewpoint that dominates everything I see and do. She upped the dose to 500mg and I was getting about 90 at a time. (come to find out, my Aunt had set me up on a 'promotional' plan that got me large doses of the meds. Those caused me to have uncontrolable eye tics and innability to focus. Which is a bitch and a half when you're running $50k welding machines for a job right out of highschool.) Things degenerated and regenerated in their patterns and I moved back in with mother after a while (and helping her get rid of the Old Man.) Now, things are plodding along in their predicted motions. Life sucks, outside events shape it to deliberately suck, any and all efforts to change the situation are met with Unversal Resistance. It seems as if it's fate.(At least, that has become the subject of my tirades and thoughts about it.) The entirety of my life, when viewed in a sequential pattern has shown me that it simply is fate, or the nature of reality. Psychological treatments result in worse psychological condition. Changes in life situation only belay the onset/recurrance of symptoms. Everything down to the amount of screw-ups that I have and the way that others react to them seem to me to be entirely scripted. It's like everything feels artificial, or somehow preordained to result in ruin. I've felt like this for a long while now, and the utter and immaculate failure that results upon any attempted change has resulted in my resistance to any kind of treatment. I've come to the conclusion that I'm not meant to get any better and that there is really only one solution for my--and by extension all--problems. I won't voice that here or now; for fear of triggering folks that have sensitivities. But the gist can be impied from the rest of the drivel I've spewed. It's become almost philosophical--if it didn't bother me so much. All I'm really waiting on is for my mother to pass away--if it wouldn't destroy her, I'd have taken aproprate steps already.
  13. Hello! I've read posts on this site for quite a while now, and figured it might be useful to join and participate. Super frustrated with how long it's taking to get in to see a psychiatrist and feeling like I'm going well.. crazy while waiting! Previously saw a psychologist, but ran out of insurance coverage. And now I'm just rambling... My diagnosis is below. I feel like the Borderline "traits" are becoming worse and more prominent, and I need to find ways to cope with them better. Sometimes the way I'm feeling, or even behaving, is causing a lot of anxiety.. So hopefully some of the forums on here will help me out!
  14. Hello. You can call me rotten, candy, pink, or the whole name. I will respond to any way you say it. This isn't my first time joining one of these forums, but this one by far appeals to me the most, I think. There's not much to say at the moment. I am doing pretty well, I am on disability leave from work and college and in semi-recovery. I might have to go into a day rehab clinic in February. Otherwise, we shall see how things turn out. Thank you for reading, and I look forward to meeting you!
  15. Hi, uh, right. Introductions. I'm a 35 year-old CIS-female person with chronic depression, attention deficit disorder and occasional panic attacks. This shit runs all over my family. I cope well enough to be a mostly-functional, only somewhat parent-sponsored adult, but more days than not this feels like a lie. I teach math at a nearby middle school, although my degree is in special education. I have been on Effexor since sometime in... early 2001, maybe? Not sure. It's been the only medication that's ever stopped me from being suicidal. After more than a decade of extreme exhaustion, my school-run clinic discovered severe vitamin D deficiency, which I am pretty excited to have some answers about. I had a great therapist a few years back who introduced me to radical acceptance and mindfulness and I refuse to go back into therapy until I find another one like her. Disease crap aside, I like reading, and computer games, and my cats. Oh, cooking, and crocheting, and paper crafting are all also things I do. I like being good at small things, it makes me feel like a competent adult when my finances are in disarray and I can't find anything in my apartment.
  16. Hi! I'm Tania and I've been struggling with anxiety for as long as I can remember. I was diagnosed with GAD when I was...fourteen, maybe? I'm eighteen now. I've had depressed moments for a long time too, but I think my depression really got bad when I was in my first year of high school, and I was officially diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder just last year, but I've been on meds for it for longer. I've also had a medication induced psychotic break that lasted for about three weeks, and I still deal with paranoia (but it might also just be really bad anxiety). Beyond MI, I've been officially diagnosed with ADHD and dyscalculia (dyscalculia especially is a pain), and unofficially diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Anyway...hi! Again. I hope I'm doing this right, sorry if I'm not!
  17. Hello everyone, I stumbled across this site and decided that it was a sign. I'm not very good at this sort of thing so...yeah. My name is Crystal, I'm 26 and I suffer from Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder, and Depression and probably a slew of other things. I just started receiving help about 2 1/2 years ago. Although I'm sure I have been suffering since about 11-12. I'm newly married and was going to school, and was working. But now I am a real low point and I am just not doing well in any of these areas. I don't even know what I am hoping to get out of posting on here, I'm sorry.
  18. Hey all! I'm a third-year college student living with the bundle of joy that's depression, as well as some anxiety and bizarre fears of things like sleeping and e-mail, which, y'know, don't fit too well with being a student. I've been living with the depression and anxiety for a while now, and growing up gay in an Irish-Catholic neighborhood with some ultraconservative relatives probably didn't help. My freshman year, I spent a bit of time in a mental hospital for yelling unsettling/suicidal things after a trip to the regular hospital for alcohol poisoning. (It was one hell of a pre-pledge.) Even further back, in high school, I struggled with self-injury and an eating disorder. I'm fairly confident those two are behind me, but it's the other stuff that's still whacking at my head. Today I finally made an appointment with the school's psychiatrist, and I'll be seeing them on Friday. It'll be my first time seeing someone there in a while. Basically, I'm here for additional support for the rest of my bag of mixed nuts. Here's hoping for the best!
  19. I'm not 100% sure this is the best place to vent out my feelings, but I've joined anyway. I'm a person with a lot of problems. I have anxiety, an eating disorder, and severe depression. I often feel lonely and suicidal even. I'm not gonna get into that right now though. I've been on one other forum before, though I stopped, not sure why. Now I'm rejoicing because problems have popped up for me, I feel like I'm at a breaking point, and I do know there are so many people out there struggling, and way more than me. Some of you have bipolar, schizophrenia, etc. I sympathize with you indeed, I'm not typically looking for the "it get's better line" I need solid advice. I know I am mental, I have terrible thoughts, I feel stupid, guilty, and uninterested. Worst of all I have the lowest god damn self esteem ever. I hate myself and the way I look, I've been at 90 pounds and still felt ugly. I hate my face and my body. Hell even my hair, anything. I truly feel worthless. Okay so I'll stop, I think you know why I'm here now... I really hope to help others AT LEAST, if no one knows how to help me. I've heard it all from "Just eat." when I didn't want to, to "Get over it" to "You're not ugly" (without further explanation or thought) and even " you don't have depression" I hope I will not hear these words on here. In fact I doubt I will, people who have depression know better than to tell these things to someone else. Anyway, It's early in the morning I believe, in a couple hours I'll be off to my personal hell. So, all I'm looking for is someone to help me cope, someone to talk to me when I'm borderline suicidal. Anyway, I hope all of you have a good night/morning/evening. I will try to get some sleep now before morning... Goodnight <3
  20. Hi there, I'm new on this forum. I actually work in the mental health industry, and am bipolar 1. I've been struggling for about twelve years now and it's nice to find a place like this with like minded people with a sense of humor of all things! Thought I'd introduce myself and say hi. (somehow autocorrect turn hi into HIV, so that goes to show how accurate that crap is) anyway look forward to being here.
  21. Hey I discovered this site a little while ago but its taken me some time to gather up the courage and make an account. I really need to talk to other people who understand what I'm going through. I need to start taking charge of my illnesses and that's why I'm here. I've been through some really rough times the last couple of years. depression, anxiety, chronic illness, suicidal thoughts. I'm a musician and I like to embroider and do crafts and send postcards. Message me any time, I'd love to meet new people. thanks guys, I'm glad I'm here
  22. Hi! I really love this site, i'm so glad i found it!! I'm 52, live in Florida, I have a 21 year old daughter who is a college student/artist/waitress who lives with me. I'm divorced, have two cats. i love my house. I love to write--I've written a memoir called Unsafe for Children: God, Sex, and Growing Up that I'm trying to get published and I'm working on a novel that is part autobiographical and part pure fiction called Memory/Loss. I also write poetry and in my journal. Another passion is collage--I love to make and look at collage and mixed media. Another passion is acting, especially improv. i adore improv. I haven't been in any plays yet, but i take classes from two different teachers. To finance all of the above, I work full time as a medical coder, which is pretty interesting and sometimes dreary. I have PTSD--from my uncle raping me when i was 5, my step-grandfather molesting me during every visit to their house (in another state, thank goodness) from between about 7 to 11, a 22 year long abusive marriage, and 28 years in a cult. i have other MI as well. It makes life hard, but life is good too, a lot of the times. Thanks for starting this Velvet Elvis--and that's a cool name!
  23. Hi crazy people, I'm a 28-year-old guy currently living in Las Vegas. I make films as a career - but I'm taking a much needed break - to work on myself mentally, learn how to play poker, and become a bartender. I have some form of clinical major depression and some kind of anxiety -- once the science actually figures out how to narrw this down, I'll let you know too. I've been using state provided mental health services because I can't hold a job right now... it's helpful for getting you free drugs, but the therapy side is a bit lacking. Aside from group options, I've been waiting over 3 months for my first one-on-one session with a counsellor. Not being brave enough to go to these group sessions, I've started particiating in online forums. So, hi, I'm here. Oh, I also really like weed, and I feel it's just as important to me (medicinally) as is, let's say, my lexapro. I wrote about my feelings on another forum -- feel free to check it out: http://suicideproject.org/2014/03/i-smoke-weed/ And yeah. Here I am, let's share and shit.
  24. Greetings, I've been lurking for a bit and decided to step out of the shadows to introduce myself. I suffer from schizoaffective disorder - bipolar, PTSD and I have issues with substance abuse (which I'm actively fighting). I've lived with mental illness for most of my life and by my age (early 40s), I've learned to cope much better than I ever did and if there was hope for me, there is hope for anyone. The bipolar symptoms are under control but my psychotic symptoms are not. I have been to the pdoc recently for a med adjustment because of this. The angel of death walks nine steps behind me and I have seen his agents of death everywhere. They are cats, people or weird ball and chains made of shadow. It might sound scary but I'm aware that I'm hallucinating and seeing the grim reaper and his agents. I have been hearing voices - name being called, arguing voices that bicker and comment, the sound of rotary telephones from yester year, ghostly telepathic whispers and my mom's voice which is very soothing to me. I'm medicated and I'll need to be for the rest of my life. I look forward to participating in these forums and getting to meet people.
  25. I don't know, I'm new here. Not sure what I'm doing but I am a nice person, really. Willing to offer any advice, personal experiences, and help if I can. I work better with questions.
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