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    Hi there, I wanted to share my thoughts and so here goes, I have hair on my body, pretty much all over, I am starting to think it's excessive, my ankle hair sometimes gets caught when I put my socks on in the morning, my bottom is also covered in hair and my scrotum is the same way as well, some say it's natural, but frankly it just annoys me to no end, I would just like all of it to just disappear. Penny for your thoughts?!





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    I like to think of our bodies in much the same way an architect has to think about a particular geographic site which someone has hired him or her to design a structure. Some sites are beside the ocean, some in the middle of a desert, some in mountains, some beside lakes. A great architect can take any of those sites and work with what's there naturally to create a truly great work of art. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that what's right for the side of a cliff is not right for the flat plains. Take the body you have and become a great architect with it, working with the assets and limitations you have.

    I have a dilemma, I am 16 and think I might have some form of depression but am too scared to admit anything is wrong and whether my life will become worse if I speak to anyone. I think it has been because of the deaths of my grandparents, but for 2 years since I have never cried or shown any emotion and have self-harmed on occasion. I also get these negative thoughts about death or illness 24/7 which put me in a miserable mood and makes it hard for me to stay positive around others. However these thoughts in particular seem to be the major problem as it leads me self-harming (but never too extreme) if they are really bad and are most dominant when I am alone or about to go to sleep, therefore I also have trouble with sleeping and rarely go to bed before 1am and I have also stopped eating (become cautious of what I am eating) in order to replace these thoughts. The longest this problem has gone away for is a month but it always seems to come back, and worse and I know deep down I should really do something as stress from exams does not help matters. I am too scared to tell friends, GP, parents as I am worried it will make the problem reality and I will get treated differently by everyone. What should I do?





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    Hello! I am 20 years old, suffer severe depression and self harm. I think, no matter how hard it seems at first that you should most definitely tell your doctor how you are feeling. I know its hard, I know its difficult admitting you're not well, but i waited 4 years before telling a doctor and i feel that is why I have deteriorated into the state i am now. Because you are sixteen, they can keep it confidential. The doctors can arrange to see a councilor. It takes aaages, but even knowing you're going to be seen by someone helps in the meantime. By the time i confessed my problem to my doctor, i just didn't care anymore. But, they were incredibly supportive. Depression is not something to be ashamed of, its a genuine illness. If people treat you differently its only because they don't understand the illness properly, and quite frankly i think they should. 1 in 4 people have a mental illness at some point in their lives. Chances are, everyone you know, knows someone who has struggled with a mental illness. My brother recently went to the doctor after splitting from his girlfriend however and broke down. He had been in denial for a long time. However, the doctor was very nice, explaining that he had to admit that he had depression and that he would help him. He was put on medication for a short period of time, and he is already more stable. Its a long road to recovery but please please trust me when i say its worth gathering your courage and telling your doctor. They will not judge you. The longer you leave it, the worse it will be. The fact you are not showing emotion is probably just an emotional barrier you are putting up. I did exactly the same when I was 15/16. I think its a lot more common than we realise. Everyone at school has their identity and they feel if they step out of it they will lose their friends. But, if you had a friend that abandoned you because you were feeling low, they are not a friend in the first place, and if you do confront your illness and you begin to feel better, you will not have to worry about their opinion changing. You don't have to tell them everything anyway! Just tell them you're feeling pretty low at the moment, but you're getting help and that you just want everything to still be as normal as possible. They will be there for you. In some ways being numb can be a blessing because its better to feel numb than in pain however, it will not last. There will come a day when you just break, and you need to get help before that happens. I know telling people takes a huge amount of courage. I still come out of the doctors shaking and exhausted. But, its necessary. I am also an imsomniac! If your doctor places you on anti depressants, or anti anxiety, you may have to take them at night. If this is the case they may help you sleep. You can also get herbal sleep aids. I'm not a fan of herbal medicine myself but Valerian tincture and tablets such as Kalms(especially the own brand from superdrug which is far stronger than Kalms) works brilliantly. I totally understand your fear of people treating you differently too. And to be brutally honest, some people might, but only for a very short while and not to the point that it would make your life more miserable than it feels already!! Also, as you improve, they will just stop thinking about it! A few months ago I cut myself very deep at university and ended up having an ambulance called. My friends cleaned me up in the meantime, and got the blood off my clothes and walls. They were shocked by the whole thing and trod on eggshells around me for a few days....but now, its all fine. They realised that I'm not insane, and we're back to how we were. The worst that will happen is that people will become more conscious about not upsetting you. I doubt anything will change for the worse. As someone who struggled with a secret depression for years I beg you to go to the doctors. You will be scared and worried but trust me you will feel better. Doctors tend to put you on anti depressants and give you therapy. They often give you a number of sessions of CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) however, if you think grievance councilling would benefit you more you can certainly ask for that. If you go to your doctors, you will not have to tell your friends or parents until you're ready. Chances are you will not feel the need to once you are feeling better. I often find its easier to tell people about something I've gone through, once I've got through it too. Perhaps that will happen with you. If and when you improve you will find everything slots into place. The anti depressants don't cure everything, but they make things bearable and allow you to face your problems without breaking down. If you are feeling better in yourself you should sleep better, if you're sleeping better it may help with your stress levels. But please please don't keep this in and try and deal with it yourself. You don't have to. On a positive note, you seem very mature and know what it is that is making you think these things, causing your sleeping and eating problems. The fact you already know this is a very good sign. I think you would be pleasantly surprised if you confided in a friend. They may not understand immediately, and they not understand straight away but they are your friends! I can safely say that telling my friends how i felt saved my life many a time. Your parents are probably aware that there is something wrong and are probably just waiting for you to come to them. They're your parents. They will not penalise you, they will want to help you. I know I sound like a hypocrite, because i didn't tell my parents at the time, but i really wish i had. Please please get to a GP as soon as possible. I usually write a list of all the things i want to say because i get so nervous and tongue tied. Trust me, the stigma surrounding depression has decreased greatly and doctors certainly don't have any prejudices about it. I really hope that you feel better soon. Hope i helped in some way... i wish you the best of luck. :)

    I'm 13. I'm not entirely sure if I have OCD but I'm beggining to think I do. Sometimes I get annoyed and feel like stabbing or shooting someone and sometimes I don't even know why. I get suicidal thoughts all the time too although usually when I try to fall asleep which them results in me not sleeping and having huge headaches in the morning which then interferes with my normal routine. If I'm not thinking about killing myself I'm thinking about killing myself. I don't have any ordering or counting or hygeine issues or routines. Mainly just the thoughts. I also hoard a lot. I know I'm hoarding but I just can't help but think I'll need "this object" if "this happens." Sometimes I question my self. For a year I thought I was gay but now I don't but then I do and I just don't know. I don't want to tell my parents because they won't believe me and on the off chance that they do, they will think I'm disgusting. Do I have OCD or do I just worry too much?





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    I'm 18. The closes I have found on the Internet that fitted with was is happing to me was OCD so I don't really know if I OCD but any ways I get thoughts of hurting people, I really don't like them, they make me angry and sick. For example I would be standing near a teacher or something and have a sudden urge to hurt them and it's really strong, sometimes I have to make myself walk away even if I'm in the middle of a convo with them. I sometimes get it when I'm atound animals also which scares me a lot because I adore animals. I also get gross sexual thoughts like myself being rape by a stranger that is near me or even friends or family members,I don't really like being alone with people I don't really no, i also have the urge to always clean my hands, I hate having dirty hands. So could this be OCD??





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    Hey I know it may have been a few months since you posted this question about OCD, but I'm willing to answer it. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but yes. You do have OCD. I also personally think that OCD with thoughts like that is the hardest to get rid of, especially since it's not even your fault you have these thoughts. This does not however mean that it's impossible to cure. If you still have issues with this OCD, then feel free to reply to me, and I will give you my advice and tips that have worked perfectly for me when I was in the same condition you are in.

    yes I havent been told I have OCD by a doctor but I went councilling im only 14 and i halfto have the tv on an odd number and i get thoughts of hurting people i have alot of other symptoms like theese too if they are really getting to you i would advise you to see a doctor

    I have thoughts and fears of dying all the time do I have OCD?





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    No

    If at the age of 16/17 I go to my doctor about my self harm will he tell my parents? and what about my suicidal thoughts?





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    no the doctors are not allowed to tell your parents if its private,but if you tell your teachers at school the have to tell your parents as it can be life threatening,hope this answered your questions and i hope you will be ok,good luck

    hi i have realy bad strech marks on my boobs and they sagg i am a doboule d and im only 15 any thoughts on what could could help there apirance ???





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    Thank you for visiting our web site and for discussing your problem so openly. If you would like the opportunity to be seen by one of the Embarrassing Bodies Doctors and have your problems assessed and treated by a specialist, then why not apply for the chance to take part in the programme. Please visit the following link and click ‘Apply to be on the show’ where you can fill in an application form: http://www.channel4embarrassingillnesses.com/features/be-on-embarrassing-bodies/

    I have developed a brown semi circle on the bottom of my right thumb, its not a bruise, any thoughts what this might be?





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    My partner is totally disinterested in sex.He says he has no sexual feelings ever about anyone or anything. Surely that's not normal male thoughts,is it?





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    Hello, I am 35, and I have a hard lump on the upper portion of my labia minoria, alittle larger than a pea. and thoughts or suggestions?





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    Hi, I have had something similar very recently and my g.p. told me it was a "cyst", treatable and gave me antibiotics, I was also told to check it over the next few weeks and if it did not go, to make another appointment with my g.p. - I hope this helps.

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    I very much disagree with and dislike the medicalisation of Autism portrayed here. At what point do you feel it is ok to start labelling people who are neurologically different as disordered? Have a look at GCHQ, they employ 100 neurodivergent people and have the insight and good manners to call them neurodivergent. You may recall how homosexual people were once called "disordered" or that they had "a condition" Take care, emabarrasing bodies, history may judge you harshly here. Do your homework and do not de-humanise Autistic human beings in your speech and in your minds.





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    I have just watched a documentary about OCD and its been a very strange experience. I have experienced really instrusive thoughts for several years, thoughts/images that are so awful and frightening i am ashamed to share them. The thoughts and images I get are typically about hurting other people, people I love. Also when travelling in a vehicle I get these thoughts, to a point that I haven't driven for 6 years through fear of my thoughts becoming real. There are several rituals i carry out connected to the dread of hurting someone and making sure if doesn't happen, I have constant urges to ' confess' to mistakes and need reassurance that what I'm doing is ok. All of the above is so 'normal' to me I wasn't overly concerned, they frighten me but I have kind of learned to live with it, do you think I am OCD?





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    From an OCD sufferer it sounds like yes, you definitely do, though you should go to a doctor for a diagnosis if you want. The good news is there are thousands of people out there (myself included) who suffer from ocd-including frightening and unwanted bad thoughts, rituals and the urge to confess everything, as well as other symptoms. Not only can you talk to fellow sufferers on boards like this but counselling has been shown to dramatically help along with prescription medication (although not my cup of tea). I take the supplement 5-htp from holland and Barrett and find it helps. Whatever you decide-remember this is a condition many people suffer from, you are not alone and you shouldn't let these thoughts frighten you.

    I have had intrusive thoughts which resulted in me feeling suicidal due to being on the constant treadmill of intrusive thoughts. It is hard to explain your thoughts to people as I felt very ashamed and embarrassed. In the end i was admitted to hospital for a couple of weeks. I was lucky enough to have a great phyciatric nurse who did daily sessions of Cognitive Behavoural Therapy with me. CBT is hard at first but its definately worth trying. Without it, life would have been unbareable. Fortunately i obtained CBT very quickly after being diagnosed and i can say that i am 95% better and lead a failry normal life. CBT has also allowed me to control by habits such as cleaning etc.

    ive been told that i suffer with SAD the thing i need to know is i have thoughts through the winter like im going to die if i have a headache i think ive got a brain tumor if i have a pain in my leg i thing ive got a blood clot i dont sleep in mt bed as i think that im not going to wake up and many more is this a symptom of SAD i have this from oct to feb in the summer i rarely have these thoughts and my life is normal??xx





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    I'm sixteen and i used to self harm and have suicidal thoughts. It went on for months on end. I did tell a friend but she didn't help. You're better off telling an adult you trust. I used to just scrape the skin where it bled a bit, but i once went too far and now i will have a permenant scar. i stopped because of that, but also i realised i could either sit in my room all day and cry or i could start to live my life. I'll hopefully be seeing a counsuller soon to clear up my thoughts. Music helped me greatly.





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    Is there any such thing as pure obsessive disorder? I have problems with obsessional thoughts but don't have the compulsions to go with it. I am currently taking citalopram 40mg and engaging in CBT. I don't feel that any of these treatments are working for me, and my obsessional thoughts are taking over my life.





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    22 years of suffering and finally I find people that understand and know.... love the full blown thoughts shared about the aliens above. Im 37 now and have been bothered by "aliens" since 15... I've been avoiding surgery but seriously considering the option now, as I can't be doing with this forever, especially as its so debilitating! I would be interested to hear anyones' thoughts / experiences with Radiotherapy, as a possible solution... recovery time etc... Thanks. :o)





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    hello, I had a near death experience after taking ecstasy 4yrs ago. When I was released from hospital I had severe derealization and depersonalization, I had fears of no escape terrified of my own thoughts. Now 4yrs since that day I am still suffering everyday, Its like I cant accept life and whats going on in it..I constantly strain over things like how do we have thoughts? What are thoughts? how do the words we speak register in my head to mean what they mean..who am I? what am I? there are no definitive answers to this?? I am extremely traumatised and feel like freaking out everyday just running into the corner screaming and shouting because nothing adds up I just cannot cope. Ive been to see a psychiatrist over a period of time and in the end he told me to do breathing techniques, that I am not that bad and do not need medication...but I feel like hes not grasping everything I tell him..I dont hear voices or have delusions but I am in serious doubt whether or not I can overcome this considering the circumstances. Anyone with any help I would be so grateful. Thank you





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    you can ask to see a different psychiatrist, get a second opinion if you dont think that the one you're seeing is helping. with drug issues it can take a long time for your brain to reset itself, sometimes it doesnt. have they suggested any kind of therapy? it sounds to me more like a thought problem than a psychotic one - you're over thinking things and getting anxious about it which feeds back into the cycle. drugs arent the only solution to problems like these. be open to what they're suggesting but if you dont agree with them then dont be afraid to ask for another opinion.

    Yes i agree i think it is a thought problem. it seems to me it could be more like post traumatic stress. Its like i have traumatic and disturbing thoughts which emerge and then submerge which i need to get out. I have been to see a nurse councillor who works along side my psychiatrist and she had no reason to be worried about me she thought the same thing, that im just a bit of a hypercondriac and need to turn this on its head. I have went up to the hospital before to ask to speak to my doctor when i felt i couldnt go on anymore but he just sent out one of his junior doctors to take info from me and when it was passed onto my psychiatrist he said he still wasnt concerned about me and i do not need medication. I am grateful that he thinks its nothing to worry about and it is reassuring but it doesnt change the fact that i am suffering and feel like i cant go on everyday..my breathing is all over the place aswell i have great difficulty with it on a daily basis. I would love to try some kind of specialised councilling like CBT or psychotherapy...Its not right for psychiatrists to turn people away like this, it makes me feel alone and helpless, but i no there is some type of therapy out there which will take the edge off this there has to be.

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    First, "normal" is non existent! Homosexual thoughts are normal. Nothing means your homosexual unless you are ready to act on those thoughts and follow through. If you are homosexual or gay, then thats just how you are. Most likely, its just a phase you are going through and it will pass.

    hi ive been told i have ocd as im 6 months pregnant and i get intrusive thoughts which i go over n over in my head till i carnt concentrate on anything i feel guiltb like ive done something wrong the thoughts make me feel sick then i have anxiety atacks and feel like im goin mad ive currently started sertraline 4 weeks ago they have helped abit well my family have nioticed a difference but my psycitrist wants me to up my dose as he sed im still very anxiouse i have a 6 year old aswell so its very hard to deal with this illness but knowing ur not alone helps loads x





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    ocd is awful. im glad you're getting help.

    Practice "stop and go" during solitary masturbation. When you feel yourself getting close, then stop all motion. Don't push yourself over the edge of ejaculatory inevitability. Some guys have learned to control ejaculation with their minds. If you can bring yourself to the point when you "have the feeling," then stop all activity and focus on your mind. Imagine anything you want and see if you can bring yourself up and take yourself down purely with your thoughts. It's rather difficult to be turned on if you're thinking disgusting thoughts, but by doing so you can learn better control.

    hello i have had ibs from the age of 12 im 44 now and back then no one ever told me nothing and thought i was a pain ,i every day am worrying about how to get to the loo or if anyone is going to be in the toilet alot of my problem is all in my head,im putting thoughts of worry on how to get to the loo there myself and cant stop this feeling .i cant travel cant be with new people cant visit cant stand in long ques all sorts of things like this ,but if i was outside my own persanal toilet with no one allowed in i wouldnt want to go,it feels like two people arguing in my head to whats right and putting obsticles in my thoughts.is there a cure PLEASE





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    From an OCD sufferer it sounds like yes, you definitely do, though you should go to a doctor for a diagnosis if you want. The good news is there are thousands of people out there (myself included) who suffer from ocd-including frightening and unwanted bad thoughts, rituals and the urge to confess everything, as well as other symptoms. Not only can you talk to fellow sufferers on boards like this but counselling has been shown to dramatically help along with prescription medication (although not my cup of tea). I take the supplement 5-htp from holland and Barrett and find it helps. Whatever you decide-remember this is a condition many people suffer from, you are not alone and you shouldn't let these thoughts frighten you.

    Obsessive compulsive disorder is a type of the anxiety disorder. People with the OCD become preoccupied with whether something could be harmful and dangerous. If you have OCD, you have repeated, upsetting thoughts called obsessions. You do the same thing over and over again to try to make the thoughts go away. Those repeated actions are called the compulsions. http://www.thebrainhealth.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder.html





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    After reading the stories on this page I finally feel a least a bit grateful that other people have the same awful condition as me. I have only just recently realised this is what my problem is. After going on various contraceptives during my 20's and having treatment for anxiety I really hope I can one day find the help I need. My GP merely gave me transexamic (see comments below) and when I asked to be refered the female doctor told me that the NHS does not have unlimited budget to look into things! I am not sure what the next step is for me but its so hard that the suicidal; thoughts have taken over the last 6-12 months and affecting my 3 year old daughter as I struggle with depression and thoughts of leaving my family. One day maybe this condition will be more widely recognised and help available.

    Hello Bridget. Thanks for your thoughts. It's nice to know I'm not the only one going through this and you have my total sympathy. It is so distressing and embarrassing. Yes this is the same problem I am having. The smell of wind/fecal matter is particular worse if I have eaten a heavy meal/constipated or feeling tense/nervous however it does occur even without out the foregoing. I do feel that the problem may in part be due to the fact that the muscles are weak or in someway compromised and are putting too much pressure on the rectum. I am somewhat overweight and so am trying to reduce. I have also wondered if it could be something to do with my lymph or glands? Not sure. I have tried doing a few enemas myself but it has not solved the problem. I have also wondered if it could be to do with leaky gut syndrome? I am going to try and eat as healthy as possible and look after myself. Please let me know if you have any new thoughts yourself or can relate to anything I've mentioned. Regards.

    I completely empathise with everyone that's written on here as I too have this. It didn't bother me so much when I was younger, guys didn't seem to make an issue out of it and neither did I but in recent years my feelings/thoughts have gotten worse. I'm 24 this year, have been single the majority of the last 4 years and I have now come to the point where I feel like every male I have even remotely got involved with has rejected me because of this. My confidence is practically non existent, I freak out at the thought of even getting into a relationship now and have constant thoughts that I'm not good enough and that no man should have to be stuck with me. In short, I just feel disgusting and worthless and have no idea how to even feel remotely happy. Yet, at the same time, feel totally pathetic for letting something so shallow rule my life. I don't know where to even start in trying to feel confident again while I have this.





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    Men are not rejecting you over your breasts my darling, you seem to be stuck in a place of deep self loathing and perhaps this is why men dont seem to be interested. Remember you need to learn to love yourself before anyone else can love you- cliche i know i hope it offers you some comfort though.

    Robbert, suffered with the same problem for years and you are not alone, It is normally associated with social anxiety disorder. Social Anxiety disorder is little known about because people can easily confuse it with shyness. I found school a horrible experience because I felt uncomfortable with every situation that involved people, whenever i entered a room i would instantly feel everyone was laughing at me, and this would cause me to go bright red. And like you said if people talked about love, or relationships I would blush, not because i'm shy, but because i knew it would be a really inconvenient time to go red! And that's just it... it's the thoughts in your head that say "i really dont want to go red right now because everyone will notice and laugh at me" which cause this problem. So two big tips which will solve this problem for you: distract your mind from the thoughts of going red (this will seem hard at first but it is the solution) and NEVER avoid situations because of your problem, you will thank me for it!

    hi reading this was like i had written it!!! this is exactly how i feel! i was diagnosed when i was 17 and im now 22. ive been told by doctors that im lying and im in and out of hospital having operations and test done all the time i see a gyne twise a yr but in 5 yrs only seem to have managed putting me on the pill!! before all this started i was the happiest most outgoing person u would ever meet, but now i am depressed all the time take everything out on the people closest to me an get sooo low somtimes that i have terrible stupid thoughts of suiside i have never attempted it just get the thoughts but again the doctor told me to stop being so "dramatic" im in the process of changing doctors and have specifically asked for a male doctor as i have found they are alot more helpful as female ones always say "well its just period pain". i am also like you as i would love to settle down wit a guy but i cnt bring myself to even have sex unless im drunk! i hate the way i am and at 22 feel my life is ruined by PCOS, i just wanna scream!!

    Hi I was told a little over 5 years ago that I had CD and I have been to many doctors and they all say the same. I have become withdrawn from my friends and my family. The condition is very painful and my trips to the ER are too many to mention. Stress does play a big part in CD I got where I couldn't function in my day to day routines. I have found it very difficult to work, I have lost everything because I can't work long enough to get a pay check so my stress level is high. I have been hospitalized in a mental hospital because of what comes along with CD the depression, anxiety and the pain I started having thoughts of killing myself because I didn't want to live if I had to live with the pain. Now not only do I live with the pain and still the suicidal thoughts I must now live with the fact that my family and friends still don't understand how much pain I'm in and now they think I'm crazy. I just want the pain to stop and for my family to be able to truly love me and not judge me because they don't know what it is like to be trapped in a body that has turned against you and you have no control over it.





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    I had neck dystonia 16 yrs ago and the pain was horrific it seemed to hav just dissapeard wen.i fell pregnant with my daughter now after 16 yrs its starting to cum bk im tottaly devestated and dont think i can cope with it again x

    Hi, I know how you feel and I did get to the point of ending my life, and as you know others don't know the hell we live with when we are in one of our crises or storms. But if you will allow me to tell you the reasons for living out weigh the reason not to life. Our life is not ours alone, our family and friends may not know and understand but they are our family and friends and if we are to expect them to respect us for our differences then we must respect them for theirs. In most cases it is the lack of knowledge and we don't live in a perfect world, but if you have just one person in your life that you know love you unconditionally then that is your reason to carry on. I am a strong believer in that we are only given what we can handle and every time I am in my horrific pain I think of my kids and grandkids and the pain I would be causing them so I will suffer with my pain. As I stated before I have lost everything, my vehicle and I haven't been to work in weeks I have lost my independence but those thing are all secondary and can be accomplished again right now I'm sitting here watching my 3 year old play and for me that is worth all the pain , though she is only 3 but I know she loves me because she tell me all the time. I wish you all best in the world but remember I'm here if you need me to respond.

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