Feel free to write any of the volunteers below.
1) My name is Katy and I'm 21 year old Christian
living in South Dakota with my husband and two cats Dax and C.J.
(They are my children, lol). I am a recovering addict and have been
diagnosed with borderline personality disorder ,DID, bipolar 2, PTSD
due to several types of abuse growing up, anorexia and bulimia,
chronic depression, agoraphobia, and panic disorder.
I was abused by family from a very early age until
around fourteen. I began self harming to seek attention and to call
for help, and was hospitalized numerous times. I felt safe nowhere
because no one in my family protected me. By the age of sixteen I
was heavy into drugs, become a prostitute, and ran away from home
several times only to end up coming back. I soon hated myself, and
felt there was no way out. Thankfully I decided to get help.
I love my family dearly in spite of their many
problems, but I had to step away and find my own sanity and sense of
safety. I'm active in therapy and a twice a month depression group
at my hospital where I often lead/ moderate discussion. I also help
run NA, AA, and SA groups in my local town. I've gone through DBT
and found it to be quite helpful, as well as other therapy classes
(Courage to Heal, etc.).
Anyone who needs or wants to talk can contact me at email@example.com
2) I am 25 years old and have my own small business.
Currently, I am working on my second degree degree and am studying
I have OCD and in the past have suffered from depression. It has
been several years since my depression was severe. However, I
certainly understand what it is like to be depressed and to feel
helpless and hopeless. I survived my depression and am doing nearly
100% better today. I wish to reach out to others who are also
depression and other problems.
3) I used to work for askme.com but they shut down. I
am 14 a female (of course lol) and am from Tennessee I was diagnosed with depression
February 14th 2003 and have had it for all my life but it went undetected. I now try to help people who have problems such as suicidal thoughts and depression cope with their problems because I know exactly what they are going through
I have one brother and I live with both of my parents and 2 handicapped people live with us also I was adopted at birth and do not know my real parents and really
don't want to I take care of animals that were abandoned and sometimes find them new home I at the moment have 4 rescued cats 3 rescued guinea pigs and a dog (which
I've had since I was 6).
4) Hi, My name is Terri and i am a 41 year old
female who has been through the rampant of the mental health
illnesses. I live in Ohio, and have a house filled with
animals, to me they are good therapy, and i also have a very
supportive husband. My illness have consisted of Major
Depression, panic disorder, anorexia, OCD, which is under control
for about 10 years now, Schizoaffective bipolar and alcoholism.
I was once misdiagnosed as borderline personality disorder, i
had a bad experience with that diagnosis, a misinformed doctor.
At this point in my life i battle mainly with the schizoaffective
bipolar and also PTSD from childhood abuse, which i forgot to add,
sorry. I have been managing my panic disorder and am not
longer practicing any anorexic behavior in 15 years. One thing
i have been doing for a long time is researching all of these mental
illnesses and others to find out as much as i can to help myself and
keep up on new treatments. I have spent time in the hospitals,
mainly the Veterans Administration hospital, I was in the Air Force
for 6 years where I began to drink heavily to cover up the
depression and anxiety i was feeling. I have also been going
to college for a long time studying social work and psychology and
am at a senior level but the courses don't go towards one degree and
i do not have the money to finish. Someday i know i will.
At one point in time i was a drug/alcohol counselor in the military,
if you can believe it and a peer counselor when i got out. By
the way i no longer drink for a number of years. It was
strange, but once i finally got the right treatment i just quit
drinking, i never tried to quit, it just happened, and now the smell
of it makes me sick. I am here to answer the questions i
can, and if i don't know i will try and find them for you, or if you
just want to chat about an mental health issue also.
We all need to become knowledgeable of mental health
issues so society will hopefully someday remove the stigma that
still exists. With that have a good day.
5) Bernadette Graham
As a former active duty military member and a single mom, I have first hand experience in matters of stress in the day-to-day life of family but also the joys. I've lost close friends and family but in that I've found the appreciation of close relationships. They are powerful. Presently, I am a graduate student in a professional counseling program but honestly like many others, I think I've been counseling all my life. Counselors are people too. We hurt, we suffer, most importantly we feel and we understand. I can offer a great amount of support but only if you reach out, it's actually easier done than said.
Presently, I am a graduate student in a professional counseling program in the Washington dc area.
6) My name is Thomas, I recently got out of the US
Coast Guard do to medical related issues. I was in basic training
for 3 months and now I have a lot of options in front of me as far
as what I want to do in my life. Right now I am deciding what I
really want to do with my life. Before I joined the CG I was helping
others online. It was hard for me to leave them all when I went to
basic, but if it wasn't for me leaving I wouldn't of known how much
I have really helped some of them. Because I have helped so many
people online I'm thinking of taking up psychology as a career. I
feel that by volunteering I will be able to get a better idea of
what it's like to be a psychologist and really see what I am capable
For my hobbies I enjoy chatting online, programming and repairing
computers, and watching anime. I also enjoy learning new things. I
guess you can say I'm one of those people who are never happy unless
they are doing something to better them selves in some way.
I don't drink and I never smoked before in my life. I have though
talked to many people who smoke a lot but I am not as experienced
with drinking. I am always willing to take the time to listen to
people and I've been told many of times that one thing people always
liked about me was that I was always able to find the good in people
no matter how bad they may seem. I take pride in my ability to
understand someone to the level were I can truly understand there
pain and truly help them work it out together. I also still talk to
many of the people I have helped online. Most of which are my
closest friends and I often come to them at times as well.
So if you feel like emailing me don't hesitate!
7) 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 and
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
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
8) Hello, My name is ReaJeania, I am suffering from depression, panic attacks and self harm
tendencies. I have been married for 10 years. I have no children. Just my pets. I have been recovering from the depression, panic attacks and self harm now for 1 yr. I feel it would be a honor to be able to help someone else through the road to recovery. Thank you ReaJeania
My email address is
9) I am interested in becoming an email volunteer. I am 22 years old, currently living in North Carolina. I have suffered from clinical depression, anxiety disorder with mild OCD and anorexia. Currently I am very stable under treatment and have not had anorexic behavior for 8 years. I would love the chance to help others who may need an empathetic listener who will understand without
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