Debbie, 49, UK

“I have suffered from panic disorder since I was 4 years old. I suffered in silence for many years thinking I’m going to die or be put away… I have PTSD and OCD, my mind races… I take meds to help slow my thoughts down. I am a licensed Massage Therapist. I have noticed healing in many ways, mostly by opening up and helping others. I love my job and what I do as I help in many ways through therapy. I have a beautiful daughter who understands me..even at her young teenage years. I can spot someone by their … Continue reading Debbie, 49, UK

Brandy, 43, Kansas, US

“I should start at the beginning. I was born with a chemical imbalance. My mother was a victim of domestic violence at the hand of my father. So from birth, I had a problem with extreme emotional fluctuations. I was often abused and severely chastised for not being in control of “myself”. Let me make it clear I do not blame my mother at all for any of my “issues”. I suffered from excessive digestive issues from trying to internalize everything and at 10 was diagnosed with a spastic colon (very painful “contraction” like pains). I found my safe place … Continue reading Brandy, 43, Kansas, US

Rich, 65, Texas, US

“I have both emotional and mental problems. My main mental conditions are OCD, depression, and anxiety. Perhaps the major component of these conditions is genetic. But I also have emotional issues which I trace to my mother, who was harsh, judgmental, and critical. Nothing was ever good enough for her. If I brought home a report card with 5 A’s and 2 B’s, she would say, “That’s a lot of B’s, Richard.” It was from her that I learned the debilitating personality trait of perfectionism. And she gave me very negative messages about girls and sexuality. She seemed particularly unhappy … Continue reading Rich, 65, Texas, US

MY FIRST RADIO SHOW!!!

As some of you who follow me on twitter might know, this past week has been extremely difficult for me and my whole family. & I have finally started to open up more abou t the domestic abuse I’ve experienced/experience my whole life! I am currently working on the post about it. But this is the first time I’m actually speaking it and I’m planning to do it a lot more! On another note, in the middle of this chaos, I was asked by the lovely Tiffany to be a guest on her radio show; Moments Of Clarity! I’m extremely … Continue reading MY FIRST RADIO SHOW!!!

Erika, 29, Chicago, US

“I live with D.I.D. (Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) depression, anxiety, OCD, some severe sleep issues, PTSD and one of my parts (or alters, if you prefer, though we don’t care for that term) has struggled with addiction and an ED… On top of my physical health problems. Every day is difficult. One of my parts, let’s call her B (she prefers not to use her full name) had worked for MANY years to get us help. I had no idea what was happening to me. All I knew have I had “blackouts.” Some were only … Continue reading Erika, 29, Chicago, US

Hope

That’s the only thing that keeps me going. Sort of scared me a little when I realised that. Like, there’s no one there that I go on for. Or nothing else, but myself. There are some people out there that do help to restore my hope in moments of its loss. Even if I haven’t even met those people. Knowing of all these stories that have been shared on this blog, knowing how many of these people have gone through so much, but remained stronger than ever, knowing that it did get better for them. Knowing all this, it gives me hope. … Continue reading Hope