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

  • Read their stories below.
  • Check out the ADAA page on The Mighty: Make your voice heard and submit your story. “We face disability, disease, and mental illness together.”

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 require you to 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

"Becoming educated about mental illness taught me about my life and living better."

MikeReagan_personal-story.jpgI wish my breakthrough moment wasn’t when I thought "I'd pay good money if I could feel better." I am cheap, so the path became clearer once cost was no longer a concern. After I decided to get help for my depression, one challenge was telling a…

Stories by Disorder

Anxiety

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Panic Attacks

Panic Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder

Specific Phobias

Depression

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Eating Disorders

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Substance Use Disorders