Personal Stories of Triumph

Learn how people living with anxiety disorders and depression have struggled, coped, and triumphed. Find out what led them toward hope and recovery:

  • Read their stories below.

Do you have a personal story of triumph? Describe your experience with an anxiety disorder and/or depression and how it has affected your life. Focus on the therapy or other treatments that have helped you manage or overcome your illness. We prefer that you use your real name.

Please limit your story to 500 words.

NOTE: ADAA reserves the right to edit for clarity, length, and editorial style. We do not guarantee that every submission will be published. If your story is accepted, you will be asked to supply a photo. Once your story is posted on this website, it is the property of ADAA. Contact us for more details.

Featured Story

“The church is not the only judgmental group out there when it comes to understanding mental illness. There are other religions and cultures that look on mental illness as something you should be able to overcome by shear will.”

I’m a Comedian, and I’m Depressed

Chonda Pierce, comedianEver wonder what depression feels like? Here’s a hint: Take a pillowcase full of rocks and strap it to the top of your head. Now put on a dark pair of sunglasses — indoors. Leave those things on for about a week. Until you begin to see the world through a dark film that never gets lighter, and it takes a very conscious effort to hold your head up. That is what depression feels like on a good day.


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