Sarah, 23. Pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Hope Virgo, 26. Anorexia Survivor and Author.
"I was diagnosed by the psychiatrist in the unit with Bipolar Disorder, but my parents noticed that there was a correlation with me getting ill and my menstrual cycle..."
Lauren, 23. Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa.
"You’re a manipulative bitch who lied to me, tried to be my friend, but in reality you made me nearly lose everything. We are SO over."
Liz, 42. Eating Disorders
"With a BMI of less than 17, they said I needed to inform the DVLA, because I shouldn’t be driving. Ah, the many things I didn’t know about being seriously underweight!"
Richard, 30. Anxiety and Panic attacks.
"I could tell you the calorie content of an individual grape picked under a full moon in a month that starts with J. I basically did a mini degree in the physics, chemistry and biology of Getting Thinner. And grapes."
Amy, 23. OCD
"I didn’t feel like myself. I’m a very rational person, so when my body and mind reacted to the smallest accident or mistake in such a crippling manner, it was totally alien and against what I knew...which made me feel even worse."
Natasha, 42. Health Anxiety.
"I thought OCD was just about handwashing. I remember coming across an article in a magazine a few years after it started and feeling a rush of relief to know that this was a ‘thing’ – that I wasn’t the only one who had these thoughts or did these things."
Kieran, 35. Bipolar Type 1.
"I thought I was going to die or go totally insane. It was terrifying. I wish I could go back in time and reassure myself that I would be ok."
Gabrielle, 19. Anxiety, insomnia, depression, Mindbody syndrome.
" During manic episodes, which were predominant, I remember feeling as though I was watching myself, but was unable to control what I was doing. I had, and still have, feelings of invincibility."
Anonymous, 22. Anorexia nervosa, OCD and severe anxiety
"I was utterly terrified. I felt so alone, hopeless, and ashamed. I felt guilty for not being stronger and more composed."
"When I realised that I didn't need to feel like this all the time, that there was help out there, that I didn't need to be this way forever....it felt like such a relief."
"It’s very easy to get stuck in “this is now and forever”, but there’s so much more you can find and get into."
"Strength isn't being physically strong, it's being strong enough to love yourself"