Marie, 45, Ascot, Berkshire

“I had a breakdown in 2009 triggered by the financial crash. The family home was repossessed after my husband’s plastering business failed and we could…

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2020: This Is the Beginning of Everything You’ve Ever Wanted

“I was sitting on the bus the other day, listening to music, writing down fragments of my latest poem on my phone; ‘What a life,…

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Dr. Darin Bergen, 39, Portland, US

“Growing up I had a lot of emotions, many of them painful, and didn’t really know what to do with them. I was bullied in…

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Chris, 42, Arizona, USA

*** TRIGGER WARNING: MENTIONS SUICIDE *** “I battle depression and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. One year ago today, I shuffled out of the psych ward. They…

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Melissa, 28, Lincolnshire, UK

“I’m Melissa, 28 and living in Lincolnshire in the UK. I have been through depression, with a side order of crippling anxiety and dermatillomania (skin…

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Alexis, 27, Glasgow/Scotland

“Having grown up with a dysfunctional family and turbulent background I found myself struggling to avoid trouble and stay on the straight and narrow up…

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Amy, 24, United Kingdom

“‘Why can’t I just be like everyone else?’. An expression most prominent in my mind when I’m in public with my heart racing and sweating.…

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