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relationships are impaired. "Our purpose is to give information.. We can not, and are not, assuming
the role of your physician or therapist in any of our replies.
Self-help is useful, but it is not a substitute for
professional assistance. Emotional and behavioral problems can be
debilitating and dangerous. Please seek professional help:
if you have thoughts of killing yourself or harming others;
if you feel depressed, anxious, guilty or down on yourself frequently;
if you are abusing substances; if your
We also do not know your other medical problems and psychiatric diagnoses,
which usually have a dramatic effect on medication (and other treatment)
recommendations. You must make a medical and treatment plan with your
physician and therapist(s).
1) Though I am only 24 years old, I feel I've had quite a bit of
experience in the field of mental illness. Diagnosed with Major Depression and
Bipolar II disorder in 1997, I am also in recovery from Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (a survivor of both childhood physical and sexual abuse), A.D.D. as
well as several compulsive and addictive personality disorders around food, sex
My one suicide attempt occurred while attending one of the most prestigious
Universities in the Country -- so I can relate very much to school and work
pressure, perfectionism and failure.
Since my diagnosis I have had the opportunity to attend several treatment
centers that specialized in addiction, mood disorder and most recently Trauma.
It was at these centers that I was able to forgive my family for their part in
my distress, learn to accept their love and support, but most importantly,
identify myself as something other than the victim I had recklessly become-- a
survivor and a space-taking deserving, powerful human being.
Of course I still struggle here and there- I work a very stressful job on the
Stock Exchange, live alone in New York City and even find myself having
difficulty getting out of bed on rainy days; But every day I learn something
more about my true self.. and this keeps me away from falling to the demons
I hope I can be of some use to your service. I am very open and willing and
would feel very grateful to help in any way that I can.
I look forward to hearing from you as well as answering any questions you might
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