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Young Adult Stories

The personal stories in this section have been written by real young adults who attend GROW Mental Health weekly support groups. All have had direct experience of dealing with mental health problems. They wanted to share their stories in order to offer hope to other young adults who might be currently experiencing similar problems. Some names have been changed to protect anonymity.

Drug Use by Paul

My story is about the effects that recreational drugs had on my mental health. I always thought that a drug problem meant that you had to be addicted to drugs. I never had any addiction, but social drug use really had a negative effect on me. That's why I think it's important to tell my story to others. After secondary school I got a place studying science at university. At...

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Anxiety by Dave

Anxiety began for me when I started college. I started to feel withdrawn not interested in finishing. Normally I would always finish what I started. The trigger was in part due to being interested in someone fromclass. I got really infatuated. I made myself become too intense about this person and self-harmed myself. It was during my time there that I started to feel people were talking about me after...

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Anxiety by Matthew

I've always had an anxious personality, but when I started college a couple of years ago it turned into a real problem. I don't know how it started, but I began to feel more and more uncomfortable in public situations. I had panic attacks sometimes, and I was afraid that if I had an attack in front of other people, I wouldcompletely embarrass myself. This stopped me from doing...

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Family Problems by Amy

Family problems became a difficulty for me at the age of 13. My relationship with my Mum deteriorated about this time. The problems started when my Mum's partner moved into the family home. My parents split up a few years earlier when I was 8. We were still living in the same house but we barely talked. I couldn't accept any affection from her. I was under a lot of...

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Bi-Polar by David

t all started for me from being in situations which would put me under a lot of pressure. I would become elated, confused and paranoid. Things which I could do before became harder to achieve. I would set my personal goals and standards up so high that before I reached them I would have a break down. During College I went to America for a summer and while I was...

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Bereavement by Alan

From the age of 16 I had experienced depression and anxiety regularly. I also experienced some bullying. I used to drink alcohol occasionally to overcome these feelings. Overall though, I felt mentally and emotionally okay. However, last year my best friend died due to suicide. After the suicide, things went downhill pretty much straight away. I immediately started feeling very guilty about it and had loads of self-blame. These thoughts...

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Bullying by Tom

Bullying started for me when I was about 7 years old. In Primary School my classmates used to pin me up against the wall and kick my legs. While doing this they would laugh at me. This really affected my confidence. Luckily it stopped when I went to Secondary School. However after Secondary School I began to get bullied when I started working in a new job. This time the...

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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 me. By the time I was in 5th year, I had no friends inside...

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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 Cert. I got a place in college and passed the first year. I got an...

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