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.

ADAA reserves the right to edit for clarity and length. We do not guarantee that every submission will be published. If your story is accepted, you will be asked to supply a photo. Contact us for more details.

Featured Story

“I advise anyone dealing with OCD to find a competent therapist who specializes in this illness.”

The Throes of Severe OCD: a Mother’s Perspective

Janet Singer-OCD-personal-storyMy son Dan was in college, and by the time I arrived at his dorm, he had not eaten in more than a week. He was spending hours at a time sitting in one particular chair, hunched over with his head in his hands, doing absolutely nothing. He could not enter most of the buildings on campus and could only do minimal amounts of work at specific times. To top it all off, he was self-injuring. My son was in the throes of severe OCD.

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