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Mia ([personal profile] kittehmia) wrote in [community profile] friendlysupport2016-08-01 04:59 pm
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Welcome to Mental Illness Support.

This community was set up as a place where people with mental illness can find a place to express themselves, discuss mental illnesses, and find support. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL, AND I DO NOT RECOMMEND USING THIS COMMUNITY AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL HELP! I have the philosophy that given the right kind of environment, people can and will come together to help each other. As someone with a mental illness, I have faced the negative stigma and longed for support, and I'm sure I'm not the only one out there with these feelings. I want this to be a place where people feel comfortable enough to tell their stories, to come forward and give support to others if they can, and just to give people some hope that they can make it through each day.

I DO NOT CLAIM TO BE AN EXPERT!! I can only speak from my own experiences, and I'm still ignorant about many different kinds of mental illnesses. I hope that I can learn more from you and I offer you a chance to tell your own story so we can have a better understanding of what we're dealing with and provide each other with support. I FULLY ADMIT that I'm probably way in over my head about this, but I figured that this might be a good place to start.

I hope that this community grows as a place where people can come to support each other. Even if I only help a single other person, I'll regard this as a success. Please feel free to comment and post your own thoughts, and if you're going through a difficult time, I hope that I can provide some sort of comfort for you. Even if I never learn your real name or ever see your face, I care. There ARE people out there that care about you. You're NOT useless, and the fact that you're still alive shows that you have the strength to overcome your problems. Let's help each other find our happiness.



I'm Mia, and I was diagnosed with
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Welcome to Mental Illness Support.

This community was set up as a place where people with mental illness can find a place to express themselves, discuss mental illnesses, and find support. <u><b>I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL, AND I DO <i>NOT</i> RECOMMEND USING THIS COMMUNITY AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL HELP!</u></b> I have the philosophy that given the right kind of environment, people can and will come together to help each other. As someone with a mental illness, I have faced the negative stigma and longed for support, and I'm sure I'm not the only one out there with these feelings. I want this to be a place where people feel comfortable enough to tell their stories, to come forward and give support to others if they can, and just to give people some hope that they can make it through each day.

<b><u>I DO NOT CLAIM TO BE AN EXPERT!!</u></b> I can only speak from my own experiences, and I'm still ignorant about many different kinds of mental illnesses. I hope that I can learn more from you and I offer you a chance to tell your own story so we can have a better understanding of what we're dealing with and provide each other with support. I FULLY ADMIT that I'm probably way in over my head about this, but I figured that this might be a good place to start.

I hope that this community grows as a place where people can come to support each other. Even if I only help a single other person, I'll regard this as a success. Please feel free to comment and post your own thoughts, and if you're going through a difficult time, I hope that I can provide some sort of comfort for you. Even if I never learn your real name or ever see your face, I care. There ARE people out there that care about you. You're NOT useless, and the fact that you're still alive shows that you have the strength to overcome your problems. Let's help each other find our happiness.

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I'm Mia, and I was diagnosed with <a href="Generalized Anxiety Disorder>https://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad</a> when I was twelve years old and have been taking anti-depressants ever since. Most of my anxiety is about finances and my future, which I'm still really uncertain about, but with the help of my therapist and my friends, I think I'm moving forward. My anxiety still causes a lot of problems for me though, as anxiety attacks are more or less a daily thing for me and sometimes I can't help but have a breakdown.

My past isn't a happy one, and when I was a teenager I had suicidal thoughts and came really close to attempting suicide a couple of times. My family provided very little support in the form of finding a therapist for me, and I saw a lot of different people until I found the person I see now. As I got older, my family's support dwindled to the point where I couldn't rely on them for help, but I was fortunate enough to have a friend "adopt" me, and she and her family have been very kind to me in helping me get up on my feet.

Even though it's been a long time since I've considered suicide, I still have bouts of really deep depression from time to time. I think the worst thing I deal with sometimes is my anxiety attacking me when I'm in public or at work. I'm constantly afraid of people finding out that I have a mental illness, especially my boss since I have no idea how she would react if she found out, especially since there isn't really any good protection for people with mental illnesses in regard to workplace discrimination.

I battle with my anxiety every day, and sometimes it's unbearable. Still, I've managed to find small comforts in my life and I'm fortunate enough to have friends that are willing to support me, even if I don't think I deserve it. I try to take each day as it comes, and sometimes even surprise myself by having a good day where I feel genuinely happy.

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