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Your Story - Your Voice: Stories of Triumph


Explore ADAA's community's stories of triumph to learn how people living with anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders have struggled, coped, and triumphed. 


Do you have a story of triumph? Your voice and your story can help transform the lives of many, help decrease stigma, and make one feel less alone. We would love to hear from you.


We welcome written stories and short 2-3 minute videos, or a 1-2 minute recording, that we will share on the ADAA website, through our Triumph e-newsletter, and across our social media platforms. 


In a story of 500 -750 words (or a 2-3 minute video), please describe your experience with an anxiety disorder and/or depression and how it has affected your life. Please provide a brief title and focus on the therapy or other treatments that have helped you manage or overcome your illness. Please include how ADAA's website or resources have helped you. In order to publish you story on our website and to share it on our social media platforms, we require that you use your real name and include a photo.


Please note that we do not accept advertorials (these stories should not include any call-outs for personal websites or publications or sell any products). We reserve the right to reject any story that we do not feel is appropriate to share. 




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 notified. If you have not heard from ADAA within one week of submission that means that your story has not been accepted. Once your story is posted on this website, it is the property of ADAA.


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by Kellene Diana

Sept 11th 2001 was the onset of my anxiety, depression, PTSD panic disorder and Hypochondriasis. Although I did not have any family or friends in the world trade center or at the Pentagon, I was still so traumatized by the number of lives lost in a matter of minutes. As an empath, we are often burdened by the hurt and devastation of others.

by Beth
Without my present therapist I doubt I would have made it this far. And ADAA's website has helped me with coping mechanisms for my anxiety and depression. Am hoping the next remission will last longer and I can once again enjoy life.
by Jaymes Haugen
Trigger Warning: Suicide, Self-Harm | Included is part of my story and a small video about my experiences with anxiety and depression. I also discuss traumatic events I have been through which resulted in PTSD.
by Oscar Mora
I miss my best friend. This is a given. But I cannot let his death keep me down. I must use it as an incentive to shoot farther than I ever have. And even though I wish everyday that he was still here, I know I will see him again one day, and when I do, I can tell him all about the things I accomplished in our name. Long Live the King.
by Katrina Stone
I am very thankful for the friends I have, they have always been supportive and listened to me. I have educated them on mental health. They used to always say “It’s all in your head” until I educated them on my own mental illnesses.
by Angela

"Angela - Depression Personal Story"On June 17th, 2019 I founded The Tea Giver Project in the middle of the night while battling depression.

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