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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: xojennyxo on Jul 25, 2014, 4:47PM
I am a 32 year old female and I have been struggling with mental health since I was about 12 years old.. I have borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety.. I have struggled with bulimia and anorexia, gambling addiction, shopping addiction, self injury - hitting, cutting, poking.., internet addiction.. I have attempted suicide over 10 times.. I have been in the hospital many times.. I have been through about 12 therapists (I am on on my 4th therapist in 2 years)..

I am also dealing with some legal issues.. about 4 years ago I had a boyfriend and he was mentally abusive towards me.. I didn't want to believe he was bad for me since I thought I could help him.. anyways, we were being harassed by a former friend of ours and it got extreme so we decided to get a restraining order against him.. I liked the attention I was getting from my boyfriend and we were also on the verge of breaking up and I didn't want to lose him so I started sending myself and my ex boyfriend harassing e-mails pretending to be someone else.. I falsely reported these messages to the police and other professionals..  eventually I stopped and the case was closed.. then about 2 years ago I posted an ad on Craigslist looking for someone to kill me.. it was reported to police  and then the investigator of the case that was closed confronted me and told me to confess because she knew I was guilty..  in March of 2012 I was charged with 6 felonies and one misdemeanor.. my charges make me look like a complete monster.. :( I lost my job, I lost friends, I was expelled from grad school and banned from campus, etc.. after being fired from my PCA job I went to the casino to try to win some money so I could be financially stable for a few months.. I ended up writing checks worth 4,000.. I was in the casino for 12 hours! I drove home which took about an hour and decided I was done with life and I was going to kill myself.. I took a bunch of Tylenol PM and Melatonin..  my dad had to drive me to the ER that morning.. I couldn't walk.. I couldn't move.. it was my 2nd time in the hospital in about 2 weeks since a few weeks prior I cut myself and was sent to the hospital..  after this hospital stay I was referred to an IRT facility (Intensive Residential Treatment).. I have been in treatment 3 times since December 2012.. 4 month stay each time.. I had suicide attempts since then (some in treatment).. I was in adult foster care (horrible experience).. I was last discharged in April 2014 and I relapsed agian in May.. I was hoping to get an apartment but I was denied because my background check showed my legal charges.. I got impulsive and decided to fire all my providers because I saw no point in getting help anymore because I didn't think it would work anymore since my legal issues were ruining everything for me. :(   I was then in the ER after threatening suicide and the police came to pick me up to bring me to the ER.. the plan was for me to go to another IRT facility.. but this time to a inpatient DBT facility but they wouldn't take me because they weren't sure what they could do for me since I was in treatment so many times recently.. I am now seeing a new therapist since the therapist I "fired" won't see me anymore..  I am hoping to get housing with help from a company.. my legal issues are still going on and it's been really hard.. I also don't have any friends really and it's hard to attract decent men.. most want to abuse me and use me.. but I won't fall for that..

anyways, that is my story.. most professionals who have worked with me tell me that what I did to my ex boyfriend was based on me being mentally ill and what I did was not something I should be punished for.. they say I have been punished enough and that there are two victims in this case - me and my ex boyfriend..

I also have been dealing with online bullies on Facebook.. about 5 people have messaged me and when I try to take action to block them then more start to write me.. they tell me I look like Jay Leno and that I'm ugly and no one cares about me.. they also tell me other mean things. it really hurts because they pick at my insecurities and I question who I can trust.

I hope I can find some support..
Replied By: jahbowha1 on Jul 21, 2014, 3:27PM
ey i have bipolar since last year, i need help with it.
Replied By: jasmineholtze on Jul 2, 2014, 3:14AM
Hey everyone, I am almost 28 and have Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), I have been on and off of treatment for the past 8 years and I find it difficult to stay on a program as I often self sabortage most things I start, before it turns it's back on me. I really want help and need it, before I really start making life impossible for myself and others.
Replied By: corpsmanmom911 on Jun 27, 2014, 5:52PM - In reply to muckakim45
I saw your post and just wanted to reach out as I too have Posterial Orthostatic Tachycardia and can relate to many aspects of the emotional toll it takes on a person. Ive had it for almost 9yrs along with anxiety and depression for over 20. It is not a common physical condition so I am always willing to reach out to somebody who may feel they are not understood. it sucks, if I may be so blunt, and often people cant understand the effort it takes to simply move from one spot to another, not to mention, trying to just get through a normal day.
Always here for support.
Replied By: corpsmanmom911 on Jun 27, 2014, 5:48PM
So I was in the medical field for 20yrs and, for a period of time,worked in the mental health field. I worked in a long term facility where we assisted in teaching skills to residents who had some pretty severe, but managable, mental health struggles.
I have suffered from severe depression myself, for over 25yrs. For the last year, a little longer, I have been paying attention,to what I reffer to as, cycles. I have months where I feel fantastic and am able to function like others but then I go months with feeling severly depressed, tired, no motivation to do anything, and almost defeated by life. I have recenty noticed that these cycles are similar to what I had seen at work. I am not suicidal but can say,prior to being a mom, it was often a thought in my head. I have had physcal and sexual abuse as a part of my history and will need to leave it at that.
I am wondering if anyone can relate to these "cycles" and if it tends to be something other than the ups and downs of stictly depression? Please know that I am not asking for anyone to respond if they are not comfortable. Just looking for input on others life experieces and not specifically your story, but rather, if anyone can educate me through any general knowledge they may have.
Thank you
Replied By: jennpessagno74 on Jun 27, 2014, 5:19PM - In reply to muckakim45
I just wanted to let you know that your family are not alone in this situation.  I'm a 40-year-old single mom & I have mental health diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder Type 1, PTSD, & I've suffered from anxiety/panic attacks that sent me to the ER via ambulance & the one time, I thought I was having a heart attack because of the sweaty palms, they gave me a monitor to wear over night for monitoring the chest pains.  I truly feel for all of you, especially for your daughter.  She needs more than a psychiatrist/psychologist..She needs a therapist to help her just by listening.  I would also advise that you seek family counseling to help you understand how one another is being affected by her health.  I wish you the very best of luck & will keep you and your family in my prayers.  God Bless you!...Jenn
Replied By: muckakim45 on May 18, 2014, 5:50AM - In reply to roxchic
thankyou for your concern she is on antideppressants and under phycologist who is working with her we are taking one day at a time . we have also discovered she has a disorder called postural orthastic tacychardia syndrome which means her heart races and her blood pressure drops very low when standing so she is now on propranol for heart. this affects her moods and her anxiety this disorder can do alot to you,
Replied By: mmkcb20 on Apr 24, 2014, 10:09AM
Hi Melissa,
I am turning 30 this year and have suffered from OCD since I was 12 years old.
I pull my hair out on a daily basis, I count things constantly, recite words and numbers over and over in my head, and the list goes on and on.
I just finished watching your show and balled my eyes out because it was like I was watching myself on Dr. Phils stage.
I have so much more I want to share with you because I want you to know you are SO not alone in this.
Thank you from the bottom on my heart for having the courage to share your story with the world, and please know I am so proud of you.
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.
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