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Mental Health

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: gothicmiku2345 on Sep 30, 2014, 9:40PM
i want to commit suicide because I'm being abused by my mom,she tells me that I'm crazy,stupid,tells me to shut up everyday, and makes threats to not to talk to me anymore,threatens to leave my dad if i move out, dad yells at me and says no every time and won't listen , my therapist yells at me and won't listen to my problems, i want to die i have no friends, no job, and get hated online for my art work, I'm getting less traffic on etsy, getting hurtful messages, brother says he doesn't miss me, please don't call the police because i get yelled at anyways
Replied By: maneesha2210 on Sep 30, 2014, 6:50PM - In reply to chaoticmind14
Hi Mary I'm so glad to read your post. I'm actually studying to become a psychologist one day and I love giving advice to people who are ill. Firstly, you are not an alien. Secondly you cannot speak to the dead humans don't have the power to do such things. Are you somebody that likes to keep to yourself or do you hang out with friends because sometimes when we are alone with our thoughts for  enough time it's our thoughts that start to control us. I believe that you are your own best councler because you know yourself more than others know you just like how I'm my best councler. Unfortunately there is no cure for you thinking your inhuman or seeing the dead amongst you or have conversations with them. The best advice I can give you is get some hobbies: cooking, music, hiking etc. Anything basically because the only way you can overcome such thoughts are by avoiding them. If you that you have a passion for topics such as these you might want to consider studying religion or demonology because maybe your not ill but just interested in learning about topics as those. I hope everything works out for you and if you want to get back to me you can reply back or follow me on twitter @ Maneesha Grewal
Replied By: chaoticmind14 on Sep 18, 2014, 5:43PM
Hi my name is Mary and I am 23 years old. I was diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder with acute exacerbation in February of 2014 which later turned to chronic Schizoaffective in August 2014. I see, hear and feel things that others cannot. I see people, dead and alive, all the time. I hear voices all the time. I take meds but they're not helping me. I believe I am an alien from Outer Space and that I can communicate with my birthmother through thought. I have delusions every day that are very real to me and have had them and seen things since I was 4 or 5 years old. Every year, they become more prominent and controlling. I need Dr. Phil's help. I don't know how to live with this at all. If any of you have suggestions or advice, please feel free to comment. I have posted my dark drawings on my page so anyone can see how unwell I really am. I also posted something about some of my spirits in my spiritual family (hallucinations) so you can read that as well. The voices in my head tell me to attack my fiance or myself and I have to do what they say or else I will never see my birthmother again.  I just need help and I dont know where to go or who to turn to anymore. Please help me.
Replied By: kmcmahan on Aug 29, 2014, 4:10PM
I tape and watch Dr. Phil daily, I respect him as a person and MD,  I use his advice in my life daily. However, I only have one complaint and that is, when parents are struggling with a teen, one with mental health issues,  it's not always the parents fault for the "mess ups", behavior issues and the values and behavior of their children. There is always another side of the story, he does often expose the background and what led to the problems they have now but (this is where Dr. Phil would say, "forget everything else I Just said!) We all need a "but" in our sentence once in a while anyways,  what if the parent uses her past life experiences as learning tool and has down all and more than she should for her child and still fails?! I know first hand, I have done all I can and my daughter's mental illness usually wins. Not everything is black and white, not everything is textbook, oh how I wish it was that easy! I still love Dr. Phil and all his advice, BUT sometimes we mothers need a break, an A for effort!
Replied By: findsusanbach on Aug 17, 2014, 12:58PM
On July 4, 2014, Susan Bachman, a woman from Centre County, PA jumped out of a moving vehicle off route I-80 when she was being transported by her parents to a psychiatric hospital appointment. She then fled into the woods, and a five-hour search and rescue effort by the state police failed to find her.

The family has taken multiple steps and received broad community support in their efforts to find Susan. Three national outdoor advertising companies donated space on their digital billboards. The family engaged a specialist search-and-rescue canine team to do a second search of the area. The family received the help of several national truck stop chains in spreading the word.

They had no news until last week. A security guard at a Pilot Flying J in Lake Station, IN received the flyer in early August and recognized Susan as a woman who had created a disturbance at his location on July 11. This woman appeared sober but was delusional, claiming that the location was supposed to be shut down because all the people there had been murdered four years earlier. At the time, the security guard escorted the woman off the property. When he saw the flyer and learned that she was a missing person, he immediately reported the sighting to Pennsylvania State Police, who then informed the family.

This is the first and only confirmed sighting of Susan since she disappeared. Thinking this may be the last chance to find their daughter, Bill and Nancy, both in their 70s, embarked on a journey on I-80 to post up flyers and to encourage others to do the same.

The family is documenting their journey and their efforts via a webpage, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Vine.
Links to all these are on their website:

Their website has received over 80,000 views and their Facebook page has around 1400 followers.

I think your news audience might be interested in hearing about this family's efforts and I know the family is available for interviews. They have been interviewed by local TV news stations in Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Also Wyoming newspaper & Utah public Radio are covering their story. As they passed through I-80, they stopped at rest stops and truck stops, posting the Missing flyer and asking the public to help spread awareness.

I encourage you to contact them at or via their various social media pages. Also please share to your followers or email list. Thank you on behalf of the Bachman family.
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
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