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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: annawheeler on Apr 22, 2014, 8:55PM
Hello i am new to this but im a 30 year old female and am struggling with pretty severe anxiety amd depression. I have taken medication which did do wonders but i guess you could say i fell off the wagon and stopped taking meds. Things have gotten bad to the point i can barely leave the house or speak to anyone. I have become aware though that i need more than medication to move past this I do not have a support system at all. I do not know what to do or where to turn.
Replied By: roxchic on Mar 25, 2014, 1:01AM - In reply to muckakim45
Hello I am a 29 year old mother of three although I do not have the outside complications that your daughter does I do have Anxiety/panic attacks myself. One good thing about panic attacks is they are self limiting bad thing at least in my case is they can finish and then another starts right back up. Maybe she could find something to distract her? like reading a book at night? Have they check her physical anatomy for this first? such as the thyroid or things like that? this can sometimes be biological. If it gets bad enough you may be able to have her put into a healthcare setting at least temporarily to get her help faster? If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me. Also is an A-mazing tool that has message boards and a chat room all for anxiety/panic.
Replied By: joansinging on Mar 3, 2014, 1:40AM
We need to study the crminal mind and the criminally insane .  We need money put into humanity not more prisons or jails.  We need genetic, bio-chemical and neurological research.

This in return will find solutions to domestic violence and all violence that occures in the world today.  We need to start a foundation . 

Replied By: rachelisawesom on Feb 28, 2014, 10:57AM
Hello message boards!! I'm in need of others opinions on self help (or motivational, God based, mental health) books on alcohol addiction or addiction in general. My mom has a problem with mainly alcohol and she's currently in prison. I was wanting to send her some books to try help her out. So she can try and get in a sober mindframe. My problem is there are SOOO many books out there its overwhelming. So does anyone have any suggestions on some good ones? Or ones that have helped you? Thanx so much everyone!
Replied By: muckakim45 on Feb 19, 2014, 6:34AM
my 18 year old daughter has severe depression and panic disorder she goes to bed in a panic and stays awake all night till morning sleeps for a few hours then it starts over again in last few weeks it has become a nightmare . she weighs 52 kilos believes she is fat will only eat once a day. thinks she is going to die all the time scratches at her skin had scabs on her head and they got infected. from her scratching and picking. she believes she is going to die because of epilepsy attack she has not had seiure in 6 years and is no longer on medication. her pulse rate is high she believes she can not breathe. she has meltdowns in crowds. and am fearful for her. they have placed her on  antidreppressant today. and giving phenergan to help her sleep. these panic attacks are taking a toll on all of us. my health is not the best i have lupus and stress makes it worse my husband has heart problems and suffered stroke 4 years ago. we are finding it hard to cope my daughter also has aspergers and mild intellectual impairment. i am just feeling helpless in knowing what to do she is seeing phycologist but no calming techniques seem to be working.she going through hell and i just have to sit back and watch i feel so useless.i just do not know what else to do to help her. thankyou for listening to me.
Replied By: kymmlisa on Jan 21, 2014, 10:22AM
After a life changing waterskiing accident, which broke my neck and back over 30 years ago, I knew my life would never be the same and all my former dreams were no longer dreams, but impossiblities!  Since that day until this year I've had over 13 spinal surgeries, and now suffer from Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Scoliosis and Severe Chronic Pain.  After recovering the best I could is when the depression and anxiety set in bad!  I wanted to die, in fact I tried over 4 times in the first several years of my recovery.  My life would never be the same and I had a 9 month old little girl at the time.  My husband at the time, dropped me and my little one of at my mom's house and said, "I can't handle this", you take care of them.  I stayed there for several months, while my mom helped with the baby.  I became so depressed I started becoming angrier and angrier at God, how dare he allow this to happen to me!  I'm now 53 and just starting my new Spritual journeyto not being so angry anymore.  I still take medication daily for depression, and anxiety, it's still really bad and I'm still having surgeries, I had two last year.  I worry when my life seems good, because I just wait for the hammer to drop and bamm I'm back either in surgery or some other problem is over bearing to me!   I have a Bi-Polar sister and a sister with Social Anxiety disorder, so they understand my pain, but it's gotten to the point where I fear leaving my home.  I only do what I absolutely have to, and often make excuses why I can't attend an event.  I have no friends, they require time and attention, which  I just don't have the strenghth for now.  I left the one person who understood my pain, my husband due to him having what I would call a mid-life crisis, but now I've forgiven him and want him back, but he's happy living alone as he does.  No one understands living in pain, since no one can feel my pain.  I would never wish this on my worst enemy, but if for one day someone who doesn't believe the extent of my pain, could live with it, they would never question me again.  Anyway, I'm looking for a new psychiatrist, I've moved recently and it's not easy.  I don't think my meds are working anymore, I've been on them for years and they just don't make me feel the same way!  I wish I could snap my fingers and "just get over it".
Replied By: nattitude on Dec 19, 2013, 10:50AM
Soooo a lady at my office showed me the Dr. Phil episode with the 21year old who has a picking problem. She showed me because I have a picking problem and lately it has been out of control. Its crazy how much I enjoy it, I am not embarassed about it I kinda show people some things I pick I hide but others I don't hide. My problem is, I DONT KNOW WHAT MY PROBLEM IS!! I have been doing this since I was a kid, I come from a great family I have been involved in sports all my life, I did ok in school. I wasn't really bullied growing up I mean I had people who we weren't friends but most of the time I was a pretty strong person and I would spend my time defending my friends if they had issues. I would have the random person call me fat and I would laugh at them cause i knew I wasn't fat and they were. Nothing seem to ever really bother me. I just don't get what has happened that I have this horrible habit that I have a love hate relationship with!! I feel scabs and they are lumpy so in my mind they have to go, it feels good to pull them off and then it hurts afterwards. When scabs are finally heal I get sad that they are no longer there for me to pick!! I once sat on my bathroom counter picking underneath my nose till I felt it was all clean and smooth, it makes my eyes tear. Then when it was cleaned I put polysporin on and a bandaid and went to bed. People tell me to stop and I get irritated that they don't get why I can't stop......I guess cause I don't even get why I can't stop. Even as I am typing I have to pause to get a pick. I want to stop it cause as I get older the scars are more perminent now (although I convince myself that the sun gives me a tan and the scars dissapear) but I don't want to stop because I enjoy it. I also remember as a kid I had a fascination with ripping my toe nails off......something about having tiny toe nails makes that sooo easy and I enjoyed it but again it would hurt really bad after it was done.

Any thoughts on this???
Replied By: coultek on Nov 12, 2013, 11:10AM
Replied By: edmicequeen on Nov 6, 2013, 12:31PM
it scares me how well i can relate to michelles story being choked and abused sexually and mentally i went the same thing but in my own house from my own brother who seemed to have the same domented mind as ariel castro ....i dont know how she will ever get over this i know i have lived this nightmare in my head for over thirty years and it gets worse instead of better you remembe things you thought you forgot everyday heart goes out to michelle as i know how she is feeling in her head ....i have never been able to get helpp for whats in my head as my mother put a gag order on me and being i was abused by her aswell i have always been afraid to tell my story .........god bless those girls as i know for a fact the hell never goes away the scars never heal
Replied By: kirght on Nov 6, 2013, 10:24AM
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