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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.

If you believe you need immediate assistance, please call your local emergency number or the mental health crisis hotline listed in your local phone book's government pages.

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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
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.
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