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Any of you have any disorders/mental illnesses/disabilities?
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Posted 10/5/14
I have tourettes syndrome (not to the degree of swearing) i mostly have small facial tics e.g. twitching and blinking hard. It was quite bad as a child as I couldn't control it as well and often made larger movements and little noises in my throat. For the moment all i have is small things but once every so often i pick up a new movement and it takes a while for me to get rid of. Most people just think I'm a meth addict or a crack baby.
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Nothing really wrong with me. I just have really bad anxiety and some depression. Also, some OCD.
Posted 10/5/14
A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Watched someone get killed, and another kill someone. I've spent time in psych wards, hospitals, psychiatrist offices. My family held an intervention for me at one point. I'm not sure how to really explain the feeling places like that, and knowing you belonged there was hard.


The only thing that saved me was music. I've made two self made albums that I made, one right after I relapsed terribly. I don't listen to them anymore because honestly I can't, but they helped me immensely.
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I've got alllergies. I've got the A 3 asthma, hayfever and eczema/dermatitis. I can't use soap and can only use mild fragrance free detergents to wash clothing. No perfumes/body sprays either. I have to be very careful when it comes to food colourings. I always walk around with travel rations of my creams. The skin is getting even more sensitive since I now face pain just having a bath or shower. Doc's shrugged her shoulders about that. Some call it water itch but its more like a painful insect bite than an itch. I don't bother with make-up because I'd be playing Russian roulette trying to use it. I'm attractive enough with out it anyway. I've found that even being with dates that wore cologne/body spray would see me break out in rash. If I'm walking in the street/outdoors and someone gets out one of those bubble soap bottles to blow bubbles, I've got to run for cover. A little boy once noticed my retreat when I was in a store and he decided to target me bubble hoop directed straight at me. I had to have words with him. Thankfully he listened and turned away to blow bubbles elsewhere.
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Well there's Social Anxiety, the one that supposedly everyone that doesn't go parties has.

I've been reading up on different mental illnesses lately because I have a family full of em, I've been thinking alot about Neurosis, alot of the symptoms on there i seem to show (anxiety, depression, inability to change one's personal lifestyle, all that jazz)

Now all I want to do is try to fight it, to try and see if there's a way to get out of it. Maybe if we catch this kind of stuff early on and really work at it we can escape.

Remember, the mind is not a separate entity. Everything in your body works as one, you have the power to make it behave the way you want
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Depression and anxiety. Tried to educate myself on the matters to cope better also trying to do more things outside my comfort zone but its hard. I got allergies too and some mild OCD. Staying strong as much as I can but having people understand u is very important sadly im a bit antisocial probably coming from bad experiences with people
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I was diagnosed like, 4 years ago with PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Severe Anxiety. and two years ago they upgraded (or downgraded???) me to Clinical depression and prolonged PTSD. i gave up trying to get help and not because it wasnt working. i just get into this mindset that ill be stuck there forever and start getting anxious and panicky every time i have to go so i stopped and just quit going altogether lol.
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I have depression and anxiety. I'm "OCD about things," but I wouldn't say I have OCD. My therapist said I might have ADD, but I keep forgetting to get that tested for....Things would make sense if i do though...ahhhaaa.... ;;;;
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I have really messed up eyes to the point where focusing on any one thing for more than a couple of seconds really hurts. I have to constantly look around a room to avoid pain and it makes eye contact impossible. I can pay attention just fine, but I can't visually focus on someone / something.
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I am interested to know how a baby starts off living life being depressed -"born with depression". but yes, I think it is more accurate to say that you may born with some genetic traits that may make you less prone to "happiness", such as inefficient dopamine re-uptake in the brain. Experiences socially and within the family probably are more important. Personality has no effect on happiness. People tend to make the mistake that introverts are less happier than extroverts which is completely untrue.
I have an issue with saying being born with depression. It makes it sound like depression is something you can not change and you have to live with it, which makes me feel really sorry for whatever you are going through. Depression is not something you are born with and have to live with, it is in fact reversible and something that is within your grasp to change but only if the situations around you change. Choose to find yourself with the right people, the right job, the right attitude. People are less likely to get depressed if they feel like they are doing something fulfilling with their lives, learning something that is worthwhile, etc. Talk with a counselor and with a family to help get over depression. Remove negative associations from past experiences from preventing you from enjoying future ones. These are all things available for help from any mental health center. There is also a negative stigma with mental health illness/disorders but in reality, just like we get physically ill, sometimes we need to monitor our mental health as well. So don't be afraid to seek help.
Additionally on the topic of ADD, there has been split controversy if this is a legitimate mental health disorder. I will say this however, because I don't want to take a part of it- Sometimes certain environments or having certain influences nearby will prevent one from focusing. All I can say is try removing yourself from things that will distract you and work in places that you know will make you better focused. I think the increase of diagnosis for ADD is inevitable due to the computer age era where we are surrounded by a fast moving and massive influx of technology. However, both these mental disorders can be reversed or largely accommodated.
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Emmerah wrote:

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, I started noticing symptoms early last year and was diagnosed at the end of last year. I walk with a cane, mostly don't leave the house. I need help showering and moving from sitting to standing. Can't stand for too long, my partner pushes me around in a wheelchair if we're going to be out for a while and otherwise I stop to rest every 5 - 10 minutes. Was mostly bedridden from pain when it started, bit better now that I'm on medication, though I still have some really really bad pain days. Currently doing weekly physio in a hot pool.

Besides RA I have Depression and Anxiety. The depression is genetic and I've had it my whole life. The Anxiety was caused by home life circumstances. Both are a lot better than they were a few years ago, though I still have bad relapses every now and then.

It's nice to see threads like this, even if there aren't a whole lot of people responding.

Edit: I almost forgot, I have asthma. Was severe when I was a kid, but these days it's more of an occasional annoyance.



sorry to hear that, its horrible isnt it ...

I love hydrotherapy! the pool is sooooo warm and it helps ease my joints... I can move better in the water :)

what DMARD's are you taking?

have they mentioned any surgeries that might help?

They have discussed the possibility of a tens machine in the future for me.

They have to watch what meds they put me on because of my neurofibromatosis symtoms

I end up having long hot baths to help with the pain... I have the laptop on a table in the bathroom so I can watch anime, films ect... because it gets annoying and boring lol but smooths the pain (doesnt take it away but can make it bearable) especially helpful on major flare up days

with my condition I can develop life threatening stuff, cancer, severe bone and muscle issues worse than now, I can still develop deformities though its less likely now I am reaching 30 with no signs the trigger and symptoms of that.

But if I spent my time worrying what could happen I would never live, so I dont think about it. I deal with each difficulty as I comes otherwise I would be consumed and overwhelmed


Yeah, Hydrotherapy is great. Love the pool... about the only place I can move around freely. I wish I could stay in there forever!

DMARD's I'm taking are Hydroxychloroquine and Sulfasalazine. I was also on the NSAID Naproxen, but it makes me really sick so they took me off of it. For pain I take Panadol Osteo, but it doesn't really work.. Gonna talk to the specialist next appointment and ask for a different pain med.

No surgeries have been suggested or talked about.

I'd never heard of a Tens Machine before now... that thing seems handy! I wonder how many working people there are using them.

I love hot baths too! Though this house doesn't have any baths. It'd be so nice to just sit and read in a good hot bath for a while... As it is, on my worst days I bundle myself up in bed and my partner potters around and gets things for me. I've got the TV for entertainment, and I can have a book brought over if I need it... It'd be luxurious if it weren't so painful.

I think there's a bunch of other stuff that can go wrong with RA, too... I read up on all of it when I was first diagnosed and scared myself senseless... but it's as you said, if you spend all your time worried and consumed by your illness, life will get away from you.
Posted 10/5/14 , edited 10/5/14

aquavent wrote:

I am interested to know how a baby starts off living life being depressed -"born with depression". but yes, I think it is more accurate to say that you may born with some genetic traits that may make you less prone to "happiness", such as inefficient dopamine re-uptake in the brain. Experiences socially and within the family probably are more important. Personality has no effect on happiness. People tend to make the mistake that introverts are less happier than extroverts which is completely untrue.
I have an issue with saying being born with depression. It makes it sound like depression is something you can not change and you have to live with it, which makes me feel really sorry for whatever you are going through. Depression is not something you are born with and have to live with, it is in fact reversible and something that is within your grasp to change but only if the situations around you change. Choose to find yourself with the right people, the right job, the right attitude. People are less likely to get depressed if they feel like they are doing something fulfilling with their lives, learning something that is worthwhile, etc. Talk with a counselor and with a family to help get over depression. Remove negative associations from past experiences from preventing you from enjoying future ones. These are all things available for help from any mental health center. There is also a negative stigma with mental health illness/disorders but in reality, just like we get physically ill, sometimes we need to monitor our mental health as well. So don't be afraid to seek help.
Additionally on the topic of ADD, there has been split controversy if this is a legitimate mental health disorder. I will say this however, because I don't want to take a part of it- Sometimes certain environments or having certain influences nearby will prevent one from focusing. All I can say is try removing yourself from things that will distract you and work in places that you know will make you better focused. I think the increase of diagnosis for ADD is inevitable due to the computer age era where we are surrounded by a fast moving and massive influx of technology. However, both these mental disorders can be reversed or largely accommodated.


Assuming you're replying to me... When I said I was "born with depression", I was trying to say that my depression is genetic, and wasn't caused by a "traumatic childhood experience" as some might say. As my therapist said to me "Someone in your family, possibly an ancestor, had depression, and that was passed down to you." I guess I can't really say I was BORN with it. I was always a crybaby, and every little thing would send me bursting into tears. My depression wasn't really noticeable until about 5th grade. I was probably the most negative, depressing person I knew at the time. I take medication for most of the things I listed in my first post. Therapists are never very helpful to me... Anyways, speaking about the depression, I'm much better than I was a year ago. Music, friends, family, and hobbies helped me take my mind off those depressing thoughts. As for the ADD, I focus pretty well for someone with ADD. It usually takes me a few minutes or so to get concentrated on my work, but other than that, I'm fine. I think I'm doing pretty well right now.
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Reading though all these posts has reminded me that people are resilient. Even when your kicked down and pushed around you want to get back up and show what you can do. I know that I've felt this way.

Being diagnosed with Bipolar Type-2, Circadian rhythm sleep disorder, and a tentative Avoidant personality disorder really makes it feel like your body is fighting it's self. These kind of disorders build off each other and tend to make it suck for the person with them. For example in my case Bipolar Type-2 is a form of depression where you experience really low depressive episodes and mild hypo-mania episodes. Basically I have really low mood swings and then a feeling of "normal". This I've noticed goes hand in hand with my Circadian rhythm sleep disorder.

Circadian rhythm sleep disorder is when your circadian rhythm is not running on a normal 24-hour clock. With a healthy sleep rhythm you wake up in the morning and go to bed at night. People with a Circadian rhythm sleep disorder have a more difficult time adhering to this 24-hour rhythm. Lets think of a day of someone who is just having a normal day.

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"You wake up to the sunshine beaming into your room. Going downstairs you prepare some breakfast for yourself. Grab a bowl of cereal and think I should get some more milk before I run out. After breakfast you take a shower, grab your stuff you will need for the day and head out the door. Its bright outside and realize it was later then you thought. So you hurry off to your destination. When you arrive you continue with your day doing all the stuff you need to do. As you return home you feel tired. So you grab a snack, turn on the TV, sit down, and relax. You grab dinner later on after your favorite show has finished. After dinner you notice it's dark outside, so you brush your teeth, put on your sleep attire, lie down in your bed, and sleep."

This long winded story just explained how your body knows when to wake up and go to bed. As light reaches your eyes and your brain picks up that its morning it starts to release chemicals that start up the wake up process. As you start to wake up your brain starts to think what to do, it's becoming active. As it becomes later it gets darker and colder. Your body picks up on these ques and tells you it's time to go to bed. With a Circadian rhythm sleep disorder your body doesn't pick up on some of these ques. So it's harder for the mind to calm down to sleep.

This kind of disorder feeds off of my "Avoidant personalty". When I experience something that causes me discomfort I tend to close in on myself. Maybe just spend all day doing nothing, barely leaving my room, keep all the windows shut, turn off all the lights. You can see what kind of result will occur.

All this stuff has been a constant battle for the past 8 years. But I look at myself back then and say "Look at me now!" My depression is for the most part under control, learning how to fend off my Avoidant personalty, and starting to understand my sleep disorder much better. And when these three obstacles push me down I get up and try again.
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i have anemia :c and borderline disorder ...
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I'm just saying depression itself as a condition is not something you are born with. yes, there are genes that make one more prone to be depressed in their lifetime, that is genetic indeed, but for some people these genes never reach activation and they live happily. Depression itself is therefore not genetic. You need certain conditions to reach that level to classify it as depression.
Yes there have been studies showing the difference between different personalities in kids, where one focuses on "happy" events and one focuses more on "negative" events. However there is no link between personality and depression. It is a common misunderstanding to think quiet introverted kids are more miserable than non-collectivist outgoing kids. In fact both have equal rates of depression. Those who tend to view negative aspects in life are analytical, tend to self -improve in those areas. The other focus on other areas and explore alternatives to the weak area.
Being depressed does not often result from "a traumatic childhood experience". Traumatic depression only constitutes a small number of depression cases and often has its own label in PTSD. That is another misunderstanding. Depression can result from result from everyday experiences and minor quips that occur that one may not even think about. In fact this is the most common form. Depression isn't even considered a personality trait, it is classified as a mental health disorder so characterizing yourself as being a depressing person really just means you just need help, not that it is an inevitable part of you.
Negativity often occurs due to self esteem issues and being unable to fulfill your level of self identification. Like I said, therapy only helps but it does not do anything for you if your situation does not change. Both need to occuring- of course what difference does therapy make if nothing else in your life improves. Only makes sense. Good for you. continue taking therapy. i hope you get better. and maybe take psychology because you will learn a lot more about your own depression and improve that way
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