Learn how people living with anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders 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

"The worst era of my anxiety disorder was the time before I knew I had it. I knew something was wrong, but not what."

Meredith-Arthur-websize.jpgGeneralized anxiety disorder can be hard to recognize because you may not think of yourself as worried or anxious. But if you are having physical pain, or waking up in the night, or sensitive to sounds, or overthinking things, you may have GAD. That's what…

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