From panic attacks to peace of mind

By Jim Three years after I got married my wife became mentally unwell. I thought I could handle all this pressure myself, as my wife did not want anyone to know about it. Additionally, I also was very private about this myself. The secrecy of that all caused me lots of stress and panic attacks.  […]

Depression by Lorraine

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“I spent 35 years of my life taking different amounts and types of mental health medications. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression in my early twenties and back then they would just prescribe tablets. It felt like a hit and miss thing from them. If I still felt bad or began to feel bad […]

Social Anxiety by Mike

1/3 “Looking back, I suffered from my mental health from my early teens, only that I could never articulate it because I didn’t know what it was. I always felt like the whole village was aware of me and I had this intense fear of people. I thought things would get better after I left […]

Suicidal Thoughts by Maureen

“It feels like I am locked into a frozen state of fear. Even the most basic things, like getting up and boiling the kettle requires a huge effort. I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. I can’t have a proper conversation. I can’t laugh…. and when it became more serious, I had the feeling of being […]

Psychosis by Jonathan

“I was in my third year in college when I had my first psychotic episode. I always knew that I was different. I felt alienated in a lot of ways from my peers. For a long time, I was trying to find answers to the ‘why’, but all too often in the wrong places. In […]

Cripling Anxiety

“I can’t even remember a time when I didn’t have issues with anxiety or panic attacks. I suffered with my mental health most of my life. There was a time when I had 27 panic attacks in one day. It feels like having a heart attack. I would lose control of my body. Sometimes, I […]

Self-Harm

“I was driving home with my three kids. They were fast asleep on the back seat when I felt it again. This big hole in my chest opened up again and I couldn’t bear it anymore. By this time, I was regularly self-harming, but it wasn’t working anymore. The tension didn’t stop building inside me. […]

Drugs and Alcohol

“I tried cocaine on a college trip when I was 18. I thought I would give it a try, sure look! What bad could happen? This single decision started a cycle that lasted up until I was 25. I was surprised to realise that it took away all my inadequacies, my low self-esteem and lack […]

Suicidal Thoughts by Anthony

Through national school and the first two years of secondary, I was happy, but then things started to get bad. Nothing particular happened or changed apart from my own feelings. I started to lack confidence. I began to feel different, and I had low self-esteem. Despite this, I got through Secondary and passed the Leaving […]

Depression by Mary

My first dealings with depression began very slowly and gradually when I was in transition year of school. In “TY”, while everyone was growing in confidence and making new friends, I was becoming more introverted and had very low self-esteem. As an outsider looking in, you would never suspect or believe anything was wrong with […]