"Everyone's in the ocean together, and we're all treading water just trying to stay afloat. Everyone is going to have a hard time at some point, but the majority are great swimmers and a few of us have weights chained to our ankles." - Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Body Dysmorphia, Anorexia Nervosa. 20.
"It's not an easy job to support someone with depression. Mostly I just don't know what to do to make it better. It's not like catching a cold where you can drink a lot of tea and be healthy within a week. It's really hard because you know the pills are not a long term solution and you need to convince that person to go outside and do something while everything they just want is to never get out of bed. It's always a struggle, because you want to help and you try to help but sometimes it's just not working out." - Ally. 23.
"Sometimes I don't even realize anything is wrong, it just becomes your new normal. But then, when things start to get better, you realize how exhausting being stuck in your old normal was." - Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Body Dysmorphia, OSFED. 19.
"Living with OCD was extremely difficult when I first realized I has it. It is like having a constant weight on your shoulders that causes you to overthink and stress out about such small things that don't even matter. Ridding yourself of the unwanted thoughts is extremely difficult. But now that I have lived with it for years, I am able to cope with it so much easier and I have realized it is such a small part of who I am. - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety. 17.
"Living with mental illness is like not being able to breathe. Of course some people see you turning purple and they want to help you, but then once you do catch your breath they're on to do other things. It isn't like they're trying to forget you or anything, you're just breathing again so it isn't as important. However you start turning purple again and the longer you live with the mental illness, the more often you're turning purple, the less people can help you because they're already exhausted with resuscitating you. But then when you turn purple alone the first time you realize how dangerous and scary it is - but you also realize what you can do by yourself and with the people who stay. It feels like you're dying sometimes, but you get through it." - Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dermatillomania. 22.