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The stories below have been submitted by readers who have had contact with the mental health system and wanted to tell their story.
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They Call This “Help”: One Man’s Tears and the Horrors of Canadian Institutional Psychiatry

July 20, 2016

I am an inmate of St. Joseph’s Psychiatric Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario. Although I am still trapped in the intricate web of the forensic “mental health” system, I consider myself a psychiatric survivor. After all, I’ve made it this far, but I realize that more time is needed before I’m finally able to extricate myself from […]

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On Ex Mental health betterment

July 13, 2016

Despite a long debated idea about the abolishment of psychiatry and the futuristic dream for the once known mentally ill and ex mental health population of America and elsewhere, has left me dazed and confused about a lot of things. As Ex mental health patient culture to me wasn’t very helpful, I was expecting more of a professional environment, […]

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My Fixed Delusion

July 6, 2016

I’ve spent my adult life working in mental health services.  I worked for 15 years in residential treatment with adolescents, and another 15 years in large outpatient programs with adults.  I’ve been in clinical roles and leadership roles, primarily as a group therapist. I am a strident cognitive behaviorist. I’ve been a passionate and sincere […]

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bipolar disorder

April 27, 2016

It saddens me that there appears to be 6 distinct camps on mental illness’s validity. I am convinced that Camp 1, the APA and their DSM, allow or add so many disorders, and constantly rewrite diagnosis criteria to pump up business. Camp 2: The “worried well” that feed this machine by seeking help for normal human behaviors that disturb them […]

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Klonopin and prozac withdrawal

April 25, 2016

          It’s been almost 3 months since I have ingested any antidepressants or benzos. Almost died after drinking a large amount of vodka with the daily does of pills. Went to a rehab for a month and have been clean since. This is after over 27 years of benzos and prozac. I am 60 […]

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Write for Health

February 1, 2016

I am a college student who has experienced several various mentally challenging roadblocks. My mental and health issues stemmed from a previous eating disorder. I have experienced stages of anxiety, depression and eating disorder relapses. My own self harm also resulted in medical conditions that I will live with and need to be treated for for the rest of my […]

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Life Sentence: Life behind bars of the Mental Healthcare system

January 25, 2016

I received my ‘life sentence’ from a Montana psychiatrist at the tender age of 22. I was diagnosed with Bipolar because I had what he called a ‘chemical imbalance’ in my brain and would need to take medicine to treat it for the rest of my life. At the time I was struggling to deal with the aftermath of […]

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Bipolar 2 research

January 5, 2016

I am a 58 year old male. I was born into a dysfunctional family with issues of shame and guilt.  I believe that this affected my psychological state. I had severe Asthma and I was unintentionally put in front of an open fire and out in a cold street in my pram where I was exposed to […]

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Another Life Story

December 7, 2015

  As third born of four children, I was pretty much invisible. My brother, 3 years older than me, would come home from school and we would play school and he would teach me everything he learned that day. I was five, he was eight. I idolized my big brother. I followed him everywhere. When I was in the […]

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Need Advice for my Troubling Life

October 27, 2015

I have been struggling with bullying since middle school and I find it hard.  I will start from the beginning. I started getting bullied in middle school because i looked different. I decided to create coping skills, like watching anime and playing video games.  Indeed these skills helped me get through hard times when i was young. Middle school was […]

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My Story

October 2, 2015

I too have been digonisoed with bi- polar 11. and hve been taken lithium for the last twney four years, since 1991 nd I find that iam bter off and can fuction better without them   A Reader

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Depleted to Undefeated: PTSD and Me

September 16, 2015

The basis of my story is rooted in my own, unique experience with medical and psychiatric treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This writing is not intended to convince or influence the necessity or use of mental health professionals. Rather, it is my perspective of what did, is, or will contribute to my personal journey towards a permanently healthier […]

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The way we were brought up and now

July 15, 2015

I have written before in this. I am hoping to make something all known for you who have worked hard for freedoms we may not always get. Also i have seen some anger from the members who rightfully get angry and want to get through to the people who are not getting what the drugs can do to many. […]

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You Are Stronger Than What You Think

June 4, 2015

          No, I’ve never used the services of psychologists, never took a “pill.” But I have felt under sudden Depression and Anxiety, like any of you. Self awareness is necessary. To know when you are not acting “normal.” If we keep hoping for something to happen in an unrealistic way, on […]

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A Disease or a Decision? My Journey From Pain to Peace.

June 2, 2015

I’m impressed with your site Phil. You are highly intelligent and an excellent writer. Some others here also state their thoughts in a clear eloquent fashion. This place is like a breath of fresh air. It’s not often I see critical thinking and logic employed. I’ve dealt with depression, anxiety, and addiction most of my life.  I’m at […]

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Recurring Depression

February 9, 2015

I am 46 years old and have taken antidepressants (Lexapro, Paxil, now Zoloft) for 10 years.  But the reason I began taking them wasn’t due to my own need for relief from depression or anxiety.  It was actually an effort to improve my relationship with my husband at the time.  He suffered from depression and took medication, but said […]

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25 years of depression

October 18, 2014

I am 44 years old now and it took me over 25 years to conclude that I have depression caused by a physiological issue. I think it started when I was 15, I cannot be absolutely sure as it crept up very slowly – just like failing eyesight. Like many teenagers I would come home […]

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potential lawsuit

October 6, 2014

To sue or not to sue. I welcome any thoughts . . . lay and/or psych opinions about the following matter. Most of the following was taken from a statement written by the patient’s daughter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . my mother and […]

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September 23, 2014

I have had a severe depression since I was in high school. I’ve never had a bad life. I have had heart break and not very many good friends.  I lost my virginity to a guy after three dates at 21. and i don’t love him or anyone else right now. I dont’ want to talk to […]

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Walk in mile in my shoes

September 17, 2014

My name is vishalatchi arunagiri, I am a 22 year old girl diagnosed with a learning disability and schizophrenia. I am now recovering very well and have written many articles and published a book online. I am now forming my own meetup group. During the illness i was sleeping and studying makeup which helped me and i started making […]

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Depression/ ADHD

September 1, 2014

I was searching Google for effects of propaganda on the human psych, and stumbled upon this site. After reading a few stories, I felt I had to share my own.  When I was in high school I was depressed. To the point where I was a walking text book definition. Failing grades, poor hygiene, isolation. All the signs were […]

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August 20, 2014

I’d been seeing an NHS clinical psychologist for thirteen years.  Let’s call her Marie and me Sarah (all names are changed in my story). We talked about what had happened to me and how it had affected me, we looked at what I found difficult. We considered strategies to manage my distress that sometimes manifested as profound anxiety and […]

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What If You Should Be Depressed?

July 9, 2014

i have been very depressed three or four times. always it was the same cause. i’ve never had the experience of being depressed for no reason. i’ve never gone to bed feeling fine and woke up feeling depressed.i think i’ve acquired enough sophistication to say:i can’t imagine anyone under the same circumstances not becoming very depressed, crying constantly, […]

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My Story

July 1, 2014

My story starts over ten years ago when I was brought into the psych system by a ob/gyn dooctor who thought I needed some help with my mental health issues. I had just had my son and was probably just dealing with post partem depression, which can be lessened by medications or maybe other ways. I do not know […]

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Antidepressants: A Reader’s Story

June 18, 2014

  Good afternoon I live in São Paulo, Brazil, I’m 35 years old, single, and always said I had depression. Was considered slow, sad, spoke little, called donkey and cold, and all this time I thought it was true and should see a psychiatrist. I searched, the psychiatrist asked a few questions, and used antidepressants, […]

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Social Service and Psychiatry

June 14, 2014

I and my daughter are both victims of false sexual abuse allegations.  During , the now, five year long ordeal I have witness abysmal and unethical behavior by the psychologists and psychiatrists involved in my case.The behavior witnessed includes the withholding of retractions by the Social Services hand-picked psychologist The professionals act without regard to the child.The psychologists/psychiatrists that […]

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From Hell to Hope

June 12, 2014 tell I have a cat just by looking at me?  Can you tell I have a mental illness just by looking at me?I began to change in my early teens, be it hormones and my shifting brain chemistry, or the stress of my parents seperating. Something stressor from the outside flipped on the switch to […]

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It’s no warmer on the inside

May 8, 2014

I’m a 29-year-old man with a story I’ve been wanting to share for a while now.  It’s not a story of misery or desperation, for which I am every day grateful.  More a story of dissatisfaction, occasional crisis, and a desire to understand this whole affair of mental health.My upbringing was all a person could ask for, a […]

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Another Survivor’s Tale

April 29, 2014

My Story I tried to commit suicide for the first time when I was 15. I spent my 16th birthday locked up in Dammasch State Mental Hospital, I freaked out when I was told I was going to have to stay so my clothes were ripped off me, by male aids and I was thrown naked in a […]

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Acquiring a Label of ODD

April 23, 2014

Oppositional Defiant Disorder has to be the cruellest label, stigmatization of all. Allegedly caused by “inconsistent Parenting” routinely misinterpreted to mean “different parenting styles” children who are bored in school, whose coping mechanisms, eg. zoning out, messing in class, who are unable and or unwilling to learn unchallenging material, who question, who are more advanced than their peer age group are […]

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Life Is Bipolar

February 2, 2014

  I am a 30 year man who finally realized a few months ago (after finding this website) that he is not mentally ill but just an adult who often acts like a child. I dabbled with some “official” drugs (meaning prescribed) in the last few years when I was first diagnosed  with depression (was put on anti […]

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Recovery Model: A Reader’s Story

January 14, 2014

    Very interested to read some of your very clearly reasoned, explained and referenced posts. I am familiarising myself with the status of the Recovery Model of mental health for my new job and have repeatedly come across critiques of modern psychiatry and the DSM diagnosis. I am encouraged by this line of questioning because I have 7 […]

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My Story: Schizoid Personality

December 16, 2013

  During my teenage years I met the World Health Organization’s criteria for “schizoid personality disorder”.  At the time, I did not consider the possibility that there might be anything wrong with me. Instead, I believed that my isolation was a result of a lack of social understanding. So at age eighteen, when I left […]

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December 6, 2013

A Norwegian psychiatrist has written a book for children with the title «Pappa’n min er syk i tankene sine», which translates into «My daddy is ill in his thoughts». I applaud her wish to help children understand what is going on when a parent is having mental problems. I also disagree with the belief system she […]

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The Galvanizing of a POOR HISTORIAN

November 5, 2013

In hospital ED records from 2007, there is a mention made by a doctor who was dictating his activities, observations of and involvement with me during 5 hours, that I am a”poor historian.” Ironically, I have to this day never met with or even seen this doctor, and vice versa. The conclusion was followed by a little post-script stating […]

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Dead from Meds

August 12, 2013

My sister was diagnosed at that difficult time when she had to get a job after college. She was shy and fearful too, about life but not growing up in the cocoon of a large family, the youngest of 6 children. I was the oldest girl and required to work at the family business every summer starting at 9 […]

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Why dont you tell the truth about being a Scientologist?

March 26, 2013

The following post is a part of our “Tell Your Story” category, where our readers submit their stories about their contact with the mental health system. This was originally a submission in our forum by Jaymax, before we changed to the new submission format: Jaymax Why dont you tell the truth about being a Scientologist? on: February 15, 2013, […]

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Hello Phil

March 26, 2013

The following post is a part of our “Tell Your Story” category, where our readers submit their stories about their contact with the mental health system. This was originally a submission in our forum by normac, before we changed to the new submission format: normac Hello Phil on: September 11, 2012, 16:31 I happened upon your blog a few […]

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Schizophrenia is a broken spirit

March 26, 2013

The following post is a part of our “Tell Your Story” category, where our readers submit their stories about their contact with the mental health system. This was originally a submission in our forum by lonewolf, before we changed to the new submission format: lonewolf   Schizophrenia is a broken spirit on: March 22, 2012, 12:24 My younger […]

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One guys story.

March 26, 2013

The following post is a part of our “Tell Your Story” category, where our readers submit their stories about their contact with the mental health system. This was originally a submission in our forum by jonnyworthington, before we changed to the new submission format: jonnyworth- ington One guys story. on: August 8, 2011, 02:59 What can I say, […]

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