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From obsessive behaviors, to bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress, mental health conditions can be debilitating. Are you suffering? Share your story and advice for others.

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Replied By: bgood12 on Mar 23, 2015, 3:58PM
Reality shows with Mental Health. Unsuccessful celebrities and networks of Bravo, Vh1, MTV, and other networks lived their life in the camera selling their emotion with mental illness. They don't realize that open doors aren't opening up  for them, losing their battle over their exes from the media, mental illness hits to scandal and convestories and no powers and strenghts but being humiliates. Other celebrities can from A listers to F listers who lose images. Where are the parents? Parents should get involve in their lives and save their adult children and their kids.

Now ,people and i don't watch reality show because we don't feel any compassion with unsuccessful celebrities and they won't get over there past history. I think reality shows should be cancel with every networks.
Replied By: adianoeta on Mar 11, 2015, 12:39AM
I know I have an anxiety disorder, most likely OCD and panic but maybe PTSD. I sabatoge myself with my self-defeating projections of failure to the extent that I'm losing hope in ever living a real life. I have a complicated history of abuse/addiction/masochism that I can't wrap my mind around. I've spent more of my life being abused than not, and for the last six or seven years I've been incapable of finishing college or holding a job. I feel guilt, shame, self-loathing and desperation. I counter this by not engaging in the world very often. If I put half as much effort into trying something than I do avoiding everything, I'd be some one making a positive impact on others' lives. 

Depression is a very selfish disease, in my opinion. I've had this diagnosis since I was thirteen. I take Zoloft (SSRI) at 200 mg per day, and my psychiatrist is considering doubling this to combat these OCD-type symptoms. My mind is hell without it, which sounds histrionic.  It's not. It's like being in a nightmare, with the deepest feelings of despair.  I take pills so I don't have to live like that. 

I often wonder if neurological damage exists due to the psychological and physical trauma I've endured. Even though I've been unsuccessful in my endeavors, my mental illness began to paralyze me about two years ago. I do believe this was triggered by a relapse/abusive relationship. There is an addictive aspect because I compulsively went online and found him.  I no longer glorify abuse, sadomasochism gone very wrong. Being repeatedly exposed to predators from a young age has allowed me to identify and understand the psychopathic personality-- which frightens me, because I am conflicted. My general rule is if I am immediately attracted to a guy, RUN. 

I don't know if anyone else can relate to me, never mind help me.  
Replied By: winterray on Mar 9, 2015, 7:04PM - In reply to winterray
That message I didn't get to finish and it was posted anyway. My apologies.
Replied By: winterray on Mar 9, 2015, 6:59PM - In reply to aeropam
I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder when I was 26 though I am 32 years old right now I have never been put on any medication for this disorder. My mother had bipolar 1 and it was a different story. Growing up as a kid I never knew what mood she was in. This is not the case with my diagnosis. I'm guessing your friends and husband haven't reasearched this disorder. My husband has not but this disorder doesn't seem to bother him. However I have been diagnosed with panic and aniexty disorder my friends are supportive which I am blessed but my husband is not. I have pulled up numerous articles for him to read and he will not read them, and for that I feel alone so I understand what you are going through. Same thing applies to me he's scared to go out with me but you know what that is their own fears. I live in Canada and even though they have mental health awareness week almost every month I would say the government treats me like I am crazy. I have 3 beautiful boys the oldest being 31 weeks and my twin boys being nine months. They were taken from me for in Canada we call CAS in the states I believe it's called CPS because of my diagnosis from my phycitrist. He wrote a letter to my worker explaining that I was completely able to take care of my children but they still have them and I will probably never get them back. I think this is all because people that don't suffer from mental illness do not know what it's like if anything at all an they are ignorant. Keep your head up because there is nothing wrong with you besides a diagnosis. I hope your friends and husband research this small illness and give you a break.

Sincerely, T. Winter Ray
Replied By: winterray on Mar 9, 2015, 6:38PM - In reply to aeropam
I am a 32 year old woman that has 3 boys under the age of two and a half. I have my son Ireland who is 30 weeks and my twin boys that are almost 10 months old. I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 as well. It is most definitely not like bipolar 1. My mother suffered from bipolar 1 disorder and it is very very different. I have my boys and a husband and with this disorder I am fine. No medication needed. I feel for you as I have other mental illnesses that do control my life bipolar 2 is not one of them. It is my panic and aniexty disorder that disrupts my life. And if I can get this correctly your husband has not done any research on this mild illness. My husband won't read or research onmy panic and aniexty disorder
Replied By: krugers on Mar 9, 2015, 4:32PM
Watched the program today, but found help for this woman to be minimal. My 24 year old son has suffered with this disorder since he was a TODDLER! It has been very difficult to find psychologists that have the knowledge & training to treat this terrible disorder. We have live in both California & New York state & have found someone that can help him. Most people kind of laugh about it, but it's a terrible disorder for both the patient AND family! The health insurance company's barely recognize the seriousness of the disorder unless the person threatens suicide. after a very long 24 years for my adult son, he has been accepted into a program through Harvard, aka McLean Hospital's OCD Institute. I am praying that this program will allow him to live the life he deserves, finally!
Replied By: awkward4us on Mar 9, 2015, 3:34PM
I have a mom who is mentally ill for the last 20 years diagnosed, and I am 26. When I was 6 her twin sister died, so after that she would sleep 20 plus hours a day, talk to herself, was  hospitalized more than a few times for it. When she first became ill I used to pound on the wall of my bedroom with my feet to try to wake her up when she would lock me and my brother and little sister out. I had a great dad, who was a shop teacher at the time, and who worked alot to take care of us despite my mom's mental illness. She has come a long way since we were kids, was diagnosed with her mental illness as a disability due to her inability to hold a job. I have an uncanny ability, as do my immediate family to see mental illness in others, and know when it starts to take ahold of myself since it is genetic. My siblings and I all function, have full time jobs, got degrees in college, we won't become that way if we can avoid it. But mental illness has a profound affect on everything around it, requires counseling, medications, and family to even make it manageable for a person recovery can take years.
Replied By: mimom2975 on Feb 11, 2015, 6:31PM
While Watching the Dr Phil show regarding substance abuse and mental health treatments, I guess I foolishly believed that the treatments centers he promotes such as Hannas House would be a great facility to help me with my mental health issues and substance abuse.  Don't get me wrong I believe the facility is wonderful, that's why I sent them a email asking, no begging for help, for myself and family.  I do not have money, I'm poor, I receive state insurance, I'm on disability and have very little income.  My depression is overwhelming, its debilitating, i rarely get out of bed, I have let my house go, I have no energy, I rarely leave my home or communicate with anyone for days other than my children. They are teenagers and I know they know more than they let on, how embarrassing to have such a mother.. I have a history of suicide attempts, abusive relationships (physically and mentally), PTSD, and a new prescription drug addiction which I know is getting out of hand due to physical illnesses which i have great pain from.  I have three children, I'm a single mom, I'm separated from a husband from hell that put me through things that you would not believe from his alcohol use, cheating, lying, suicide attempts in front of our children several times, to a attack with a knife and slitting his wrist  in front of 7 children and my mother then running from the police to finally committing crimes and jail to leaving us with a great amount of debt and just walking away off to another woman with two new step children to harm. And I cant even get divorced because I need a atty, which i cant afford, but his mother financed him with one to keep me from getting health insurance from him and alimony care. Id for sure be feed to the wolves without a atty representing my interest. I have not heard from him in over a year. I choose him so I guess I deserve what I've gone through but my children didn't, I put them in harms way buy trusting someone so evil and sick, my fault.

.I feel i'm ruining my children s lives with my problems and I know for a fact my life will end shortly if things do not change. Contacting Hannas house was a blow to reality. They of course do not take poor people with state insurance only private well off insurance or you can pay for the first 60 days of inpatient care at $70,000.00 then they could possible help you pay for the remaining 30 days of a 90 day program...If i could afford the first 60 days why would i need financial help with the rest? lol... I now feel foolish in contacting them, it kind of showed my worth when they called me to say we have contact information for medicare and medicaid individuals but we don't assist people in that situation? Why not help everyone?So only well off people deserve quality care, i felt my worth as having non, and I'm only lucky enough to get state care which is not quality care and a short 3-7 day stay then a kick out the door.  As Dr Phil says thousands of people would beg for his help, lineup out the door for miles, and I see him give care to some very ungrateful people..but he believes in them and of course helps.  I feel my life slipping away, I no longer care about things, my home, my health and I push everyone away from me.  i have had mental health treatment since i was 15 years old and I feel that no matter what care I have had it doesn't work. I'm tired of failing, I honestly believed that Hannas house would be my saving grace but unless i win the lotto that's not happening.  I see Dr Phil care about people, I wish he would give resources for those of us who are not wealthy, middle class, but those who deserve great care and a chance at life even though we are financial handicapped.  i dream of having a better life, finishing school, having a great career, but unfortunately my depression has always help me back. I get involved with abusive men who themselves have issues of mental health or substance abuse and believe that's what I deserve.  The innocent ones in all of this are my beautiful children, but i'm afraid my problems have overflowed onto them and they are now starting to have some issues of their own, Basically we are a family in crisis. I would sell what little i have for help, I beg  barrow and steal to get my life back to some sense of normal where I have control over myself and choices.  The last year I have developed a substance abuse problem to prescription drugs. My Dr. has recently made national news as a "drug Pusher" and I hate to say it but its true, he does push pain meds, and now that  i'm addicted to them I'm fearful to say anything to him about charges he is facing because I don't want to lose my medication, honestly its like I don't want to lose my Drug Dealer...and its my Dr..How sad is that, what kind of evil person am i, that i know this Dr has done illegal things that are being alleged to by the FBI and in the news but I don't want to lose him as a provider..I fear detox, I have gone several days without my medication before and experienced withdrawal which was absolute hell, I'm fearful what I honestly would do If i did run out of meds or no longer had access to them, would I go to more serious drugs? Would i further endanger my life to keep the withdrawals away? i don't honestly know, i'm definitely physically dependent on the medication and see signs of addiction,

I really wanted to go to Hannas house, the setting, the care, the programs..Id do anything for their help and not a referral to a state run program which i have tried for the past 25 years, I'm 40 now, if I don't stop doing what I'm doing or get some help I wont live very long. My greatest fear is dying and my children saying my mom was a drug addict and had mental health issues and dies because she didn't care about us...I wish I had 70,000 for care I wish I had private insurance..but I don't,  and like Dr Phil tells those who don't follow through with his programs, many others would be grateful for this opportunity but i don't think he knows just how true that really is.  I pray each night for treatment that will work and be successful but i feel like i deserve more that a state run hospital where medicating and sedating is the goal.  i know if I ever had anything of value Id give it all for a chance at Hannas house, just a chance at recovery..Please Dr Phil help those of us who are in poverty we deserve help too, id make you proud and be forever grateful. 
Replied By: fawnfawn7 on Feb 3, 2015, 12:41PM - In reply to stellalulu
It is important to find someone to talk to. A professional that can give u an nonjudgmental and second opinion on what is going on with u. Be careful about talking to non professionals. Not to say that u shouldn't, but always take what they say and see how it fits with whats goin on with u. Take it with a grain of salt. It is difficult to trust i know. I feel that way myself alot, but if u want to feel better, to heal it is important to do find a way to do that for yourself. Maybe get refrences from someone u really trust. It took me some time to find a therapist that i trusted , but now i trust him with my life. He has helped me throughout the years. It is just that my experience is so extensive and i blocked my past  things come up still. Please find someone to help u and take care of yourself

Replied By: fawnfawn7 on Feb 3, 2015, 9:22AM
I am actually commenting due to a different show about a family dealing with a daughter with and eating disorder, but my thing is that i really think that alot of people would get better and over their issues if the they were helped with counceling more and medication less. The insurance companies pay out easily for meds, but for gettin counceling they don't cover enough so u are able to go when needed. Even when u go impatient for help. All they do is keep u safe so u don't commit suicide (which is good) , but don't deal with the issues u are dealing with. You get no individual counceling when you are there. I am really contacting u to bring up the issue of  not being able to get the help u need to heal because the insurance companies and health professionals only want to give u a pill and tell u it will be all better. I disagree. I think u have to get to the bottom of the issue or u will not heal and the meds are just a bandaid. I have been goin through mental issues due to abuse for oaver 15 yrs and as long as u have money you can get help. Once you can't afford it anymore ur out of luck. Only the rich can get help. Go to treatment centers that actually help. I am not looking for pitty or anything i am just expressing what i feel and maybe others can look into how to help to average person to get help for their pasts or mental health and actually heal.
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