I was diagnosed with schizoaffective in 1999. I was suffering mood swings, delusions and hallucinations about evil spirits. I felt like I was very much alone. There are times I still do think I’m uniquely singled out to suffer.
But thru the help of NAMI and other supports groups available to me at my mental health behavior provider, I see clearly the focus doesn’t have to be on myself anymore. Many people come to the meetings and get to share their struggles, which are a lot like mine. The meds help me a thousand times over, as well as pastoral care, counseling and case management. When I struggle now with feeling like I’m alone, I usually am able to use some of the skills I’ve learned within the support to realize I am not alone. For example, Cognitive Behavior Therapy has rewired my thought processes in a positive way, bringing hope and confidence, which both bring balance and happiness to my life.
Hello. I was diagnosed with Autism in late Aug. 1984. Over the years I’ve had panic attacks, strong unipolar depression and generalized anxiety condition. I later developed Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults in late August 2008.
I’ve wanted (on numerous occasions) to end my own suffering.
I was admitted to the psych ward seven times (Aug 2000-Dec 2013), four for the Genesis Medical Davenport, two at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and once at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
I’ve suffered dearly, though I hope something becomes better for me during the upcoming years. I’m wanting work for Autism Society or similar groups of Autism related networks to help others with Autism.
I’ve been dealing with anxiety since early 2012. Panic attacks, couldn’t leave home without freaking out, my social life was completely destroyed. Anxiety was due to hypochondria, an episode involving my health triggered it. Months ago I started cognitive conductual therapy, it’s slowly helping me, and I already managed to hang out with some of my friends again. I still felt extremely anxious before leaving, but I managed to do it and I’m getting out more often now. I’m also taking medications, and my psychiatrist says I’m making progress.
My parents have a history of mental illness on both sides including: bipolar, depression, anxiety, OCD and narcissism and borderline. There is also a heavy history of alcoholism on both sides. I feel that genetically given my biology I inherited genetics for my mental illnesses and was kinda screwed at the get go. I also grew up in a CRAZY abusive household. I was/am totally traumatized. So hereditary and environment—the double whammy.
I went to a highly regarded anxiety and depression center and was evaluated extensively. They told me the evaluation would take 5 hours. Mine took 11. ;-) I knew that was a sign.
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