Hello All, This is the very first thread i'm starting (other than my introductory post), and i'm sorry to do it with such heavy subject matter. I've noticed a lot of people on this site who've large issues with insecurity. In fact, i was recently reading a post by a lad who i think is QUITE attractive and has a lot going for him, and he seems to think his life is shit. I know from personal experience that strong issues of self-confidence are often an indicator of underlying mental illness. I thought it might be healthy to start a thread about this rather common problem and share some of our personal experiences. There are many misconceptions in society about MI, and it is often belittled. Let's keep this thread as possitive and supportive as possible, please. I shall start: My own experiences with MI started when i was very young. By the time i was 16 i had somewhat regular panic attacks, and was developing a mad case of social anxiety disorder. I was misdiagnosed 3 times, with various maladies, all of which were treated with horrible meds that, i think, made me sicker than better. By the time i was 25 i had attempted suicide 3 times. I am currently doing well, and am being treated for Unipolar Depression. When they hear of my history, people often say things like "but you're so (cute, smart, successful, etc) why could you possibly be so sad?" If only it were always that simple! In fact, every time i heard something like that it only made me feel worse! I've learned though, that responce comes from benign ignorance, and he best thing to do is educate people, and so, i do! Anyway, i could go on for hours about my experiences: i want to hear from you. Have you been diagnosed with an MI? How have you handled it? What advice do you have for others?