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Mental Illness

ReachOut Stories are written by young people for young people. If you want to share your own story, we encourage you to do so in the ReachOut Forums.

Living with paranoid schizophrenia

Here is a young person's story of dealing with schizophrenia and the bullying that followed the diagnosis.

Living with bipolar disorder

This is Cheyenne’s story of how she learned to cope with the side effects of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar and hospitalization: my experience

A story by a 17 year old girl's experience of bipolar disorder.

Overcoming my obsessive compulsive disorder

A story by Daniel, age 16, about obsessive compulsive disorder.

Secret battles with Anxiety

Read how Bekah's overcame her anxiety, OCD and eating disorder by building a support network.

Advice from a depression survivor

On the path to recovering from self-harm, relapses can happen. This is Jalen's story of coping with a setback by seeking help.

Embarrassed to empowered—speaking out about my illness

A young adult talks about getting through the stigma of mental illness.

Winning my battle with OCD

This is a young woman's story of how she recovered from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

My story of coping with PTSD

Here’s Samantha’s story of how she discovered the strength to cope with a difficult loss.

Climbing the OCD mountain

A poem about obsessive compulsive disorder and one person's struggle to overcome the irrational worries.