Milly, 23, UK

“I’ve suffered from various mental illnesses my entire young adult-adult life. I’ve had anorexia, body dysmorphia, depression and borderline personality disorder.

In the picture on the left, I was starving. I was consumed by anorexia, body dysmorphia, self-loathing and severe depression. Continue reading “Milly, 23, UK”

Jodie, 20, UK

“I was badly bullied at school from about the age of 6, picked on and teased for little things. When I was 8 my beloved Grandad died alongside my parents divorcing which followed my dad developing depression. I developed an eating disorder at 9, then soon after self-harming which led to multiple suicide attempts and more severe self-harm. I was diagnosed with anorexia and depression at 15. Since then I’ve been hospitalised 6 times and in the very short spaces of time between the admissions spending most in a general hospital. I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder nearly … Continue reading Jodie, 20, UK

Sean, 29, Georgia, US

“Dealing and coping with paranoid schizophrenia, BPD and social anxiety are daily tasks that require a great deal of self-discipline, accompanied with positive self-talk. I have found the most important and most responsible thing you can do is to stay on your medication. Staying on my medication has helped me reintegrate back into society smoothly after my first psychotic break and psychosis. Having a strong support system has also been key. A support system which whom you can share and express yourself openly and honestly free of judgment is very necessary.   Try to stay positive, find something that is worth … Continue reading Sean, 29, Georgia, US

Stacey, 23, UK

“I’m a student and childminder from the UK. I suffer from anxiety, borderline personality disorder and depression. I have struggled for around 7 years, self-harming, attempting suicide and generally trying to cope. Unfortunately, my local NHS will not give me any treatment, as they believe I’m not ready to accept it. This makes life more difficult, but with an amazing finance and my anti-depressants, I generally make it through 🙂 To anyone out there struggling, I would tell you to find one person you can confide in. Tell them everything and let them hold you up when your down. Also, … Continue reading Stacey, 23, UK

Jaydun, 21, UK

“I’m Female to Male and have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and more recently with PTSD. I began seeing the local mental health team when I was 13 after school picked up on my self-harm. Since then I’ve been in and out of the system and spent a night in a psych ward after a suicide attempt. Every day is a struggle, with extreme mood swings, hallucinations, and dissociations. I am about to start EMDR therapy and I am slowly seeing that things will get better. Currently, I’m taking Lamotrigine and Diazepam to help with stabilising my moods and … Continue reading Jaydun, 21, UK

Jon, 42, West Midlands, UK

“Back in June 2013 I had a mental breakdown and like far too many people initially I was let down by the NHS. To cut a long story short I started a blog and on the 24th October 2013, I published this page. Since this page, I have posted many posts always being as honest as I possibly can even about the really painful stuff. I am very honoured that people from all over the world have sent me messages saying my words and honesty have helped them. I have my daily struggles, I have my ups and downs and … Continue reading Jon, 42, West Midlands, UK

Rebecca, 43, Michigan, US

“I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 19. I suffer from borderline personality disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, panic disorder, agoraphobia and I’m currently in recovery from self-injury. Every day is different for me. I can experience several days where I feel fine and then suddenly the depression will just take over. I experience anxiety regularly and without my medications, it would be impossible to manage. I deal with insomnia every night and at times, I’ll go days without sleeping. I often find that my manic episodes will result in several days without sleep as well. I’ve been self-injury … Continue reading Rebecca, 43, Michigan, US