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I never thought that I would become a victim of mental illness. I had a wonderful childhood, and I come from a loving family, and up until my freshman year in high school, my life was a fairy tale.

I’ve always been an anxious person. It didn’t start to get out of control until my freshman year of high school. I began to constantly get nauseous after I ate and I was always terrified that I was going to get sick. Soon after, I developed emetophobia, an extreme fear of vomiting. My emetophobia crippled me. I was so scared of getting sick that I barely ate, took Tums constantly, and was always anxious about whether the people around me were contagious with illnesses that could possibly make me sick. On top of my emetophobia, I eventually developed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder about germs and panic disorder. Not a day went by when I didn’t have a panic attack. I was barely eating or sleeping. I had hit rock bottom.

My best friend knew that I needed help and she contacted my parents. I am now in therapy and on medication, and life is so much better. Some days are still difficult, but I am ten times better than I used to be. My friends are incredibly supportive of me and are always there for me when I need them. I am now living my life to the fullest, and I thank my best friend every day for getting me help.

My mental illness made me a stronger person and I am using that strength to reach out to others who may also be suffering. My advice is to never give up because you are so much stronger than you think you are.

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    Unnamed

    I suffer from anxiety as well, though it’s more so social anxiety when it comes towards interacting with other people. It’s great to see that there’s others who can relate and yes my anxiety was triggered more so in my freshmen year as well. Stay strong.

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    carpediem

    Thats incredible, your story is very motivating. The power we have within and with the help of others is unbearable to describe. Glad to hear your on a much healthier track and you set a great example with others. I grew up in high school with the popular crowd and several of my friends had some of the same problems but kept it to them self. My best friend blew up a year ago and when he shared how he really felt, it helped get him on the right track with some support. Keep being positive and a great person.

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