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Posted 2/2/17 , edited 2/2/17
Just wondering if there's anyone here who is disordered or struggle with mental illness... most times I feel alone in this. Would be lovely to get to know anyone who "gets it" but that I have more in common with than just mental health problems, if that makes sense?

I'm struggling with an eating disorder (currently relapsing), depression, borderline and suspected psychosis. Idk if I forgot anything, maybe it wouldn't make such a big difference whether I did or not idk. Sorry for rambling... anyone who would like to be friends who's struggling with anything and likes anime/manga as well? Oh, I'm 20 y/o btw.
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I suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder (GID) is the dysphoria (distress) a person experiences as a result of the sex and gender they were assigned at birth. In these cases, the assigned sex and gender do not match the person's gender identity, and the person is transgender. I wrote a few paragraphs about it for people who want to know more:

First off, I would like to say that I am fully aware of the fact that the issues I face on a daily basis are not unique to my livelihood. Many other people find themselves faced with similar troubles that take a toll on both their physical and mental health alike. With that in mind, I am not going to picture my struggles as Herculean tasks that can only be overcome by the strongest of people. There are probably things on this plane of existence that easily trump the level of trauma I am currently experiencing. Fortunately, I intend to utilise rationality and reasonable conclusions over silly hyperbole, as amusing as it may be. This essay is dedicated to allowing people to get a look inside some of the personal parts of my life without having to ask questions continuously that wouldn't necessarily make anyone smarter. I need to note that most of this will be written from my point of view, meaning there is not going to be much objectivity.

Gender dysphoria is a condition that I have to put up with daily. According to the DSM-5, "people with gender dysphoria may be very uncomfortable with the gender they were assigned, sometimes described as being uncomfortable with their body." Thinking about my physique instantly causes distress because it does not align with my mind's perception of me as a girl. I would like to note that being transgender does not solely derive from the fact how a person feels about their appearance. A person suffering from gender dysphoria will feel uncomfortable if perceived as the gender they were assigned at birth by their social surrounding. This probably doesn't ring a bell to most people, but I think it's good to compare dysphoria to anxiety in the way that both put a lot of strain onto a person's psychological well-being. The only way to deal with that is by resorting to various tricks that diminish the effects of the mentioned pressure.

I would like to focus on one aspect of my gender dysphoria: its consistency. Sure, it tends to wax and wane, but it always manages to return. It is like a pain in the back that cannot be disposed of without the help of a professional. At first, a person will think that it is not a big deal. However, soon they realise the inaccuracy of their train of thought. Also, the longer the victim has to endure this pain, the more of a mental toll it is taking on them. What was seen as a benign bother that pops up every now and then and is easy to shrug off has become a serious issue that must not be ignored any longer. From this point on, failing to do something about it will have drastic consequences. It's detrimental to ask for help, as carrying a burden is not necessarily a task one wants to do by themselves, but people who lack the experience of having struggled with dysphoria will be unable to understand the severity of this condition. Gaining an ally is possible by consistent persuasion and willingness to educate the person. However, it is not always an option. That is just how life is.


I apologise if my articulation sounds a bit arrogant or stiff in the paragraphs above, but I did not feel like writing a similar story again.
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Posted 2/2/17
I have bipolar affective disorder axis I, I was involved with mental health for over 5 years on this kind of stuff
Posted 2/3/17 , edited 2/3/17
I've been going to a few different therapists and psychologists over the last 4 years or so. I've been diagnosed with several personality disorders. For a few years they just thought it was OCD and anxiety, but not too long ago they said it's probably a personality disorder with OCD-like symptoms. I've yet to actually get a proper diagnosis on what's actually wrong and likely won't get one until late this year.
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Posted 2/7/17
One would say I lost my mind a long long time ago.

years and years of mental torture made me who I am. Despite all the depression and psychosis, I have since learned to embrace it.
Posted 2/7/17 , edited 2/7/17
I've never been diagnosed with a mental illness. I've heard it is something that you cannot truly understand unless you've been through something similar yourself.
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Was in therapy for depression and suicidal tendencies.
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Posted 3/21/17
Dysthymia
ADHD
Severe Anxiety Disorder
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Adhd
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The OP's statement kinda strikes home for me as a person who's struggled with a mental illness for over 11 years.

I was almost diagnosed with Incipient Psychosis back when i was 18 and struggling at College. Though in those following 11 years of fighting with British NHS and multiple Psychiatry personnel I finally got a correct Diagnosis ASD. (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
ASD is such a broad condition in an of itself and can link in to god knows how many other conditions.

My own ASD is the root cause for:

GAD : General Anxiety Disorder
UC / IBS : Ulcerative Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Non-organic Seizures : Similar in fashion to epileptic seizures, but can last for up to two hours.

Basically its a terrible situation to find your self in cause depending on the people you have a round you for support, your either left isolated and alone or feeling defective and a burden.

Its to easy for people to label and categorize mental illness and disorder in one go and get treated as a second class person.
Sadly awareness and willingness to learn about this stuff is essentially none existent as in truth most people don't care as they think it will never happen to them or their loved ones...until it does.
This wont change until people stop looking at mental illness likes its something to be ashamed of and hurried off to a dark corner to be hidden out the way.

Sorry for the rantish style post lol

We can still be friendly weebs, just like anyone else..
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Posted 3/23/17
Diagnosed with and got treatment for:

ASD (autism spectrum disorder)
Anxiety/panic attacks
Depression (in remission)
OCD (in remission)

I also struggle with paranoia and intrusive thoughts.
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Posted 3/23/17 , edited 3/23/17
Diagnosed with:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Anxiety Disorder
Verbal Tic Disorder.

All chronic. I go to therapy biweekly and stay with my treatment. I'm a recluse and don't leave my house, really.

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I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when I was three years old.
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