My life started to get chaotic, a first sign that something was not right. I was in my late twenties when I became ill, and this was my first of a total of three psychiatric hospital admissions. The first admission was hard, but necessary. 

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I was 14 years old. I was afraid. I wish they had not let me go...

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I have often felt a great shame about attaching myself so much to people who get paid to talk to me. After all, I was your job, but to me you were one of the only people I met in everyday life.

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When Gustav Koi (69) grew up in Arendal in the 1950s and 60s, no one talked about Asperger's syndrome. Only at the age of 59 did he get the diagnosis himself.

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Living with anxiety problems can be experienced as being in a constant storm of shame and fear. For Scott Stossel's part, anxiety acts as an evil, self-fulfilling prophecy, he tells. He is working on an autobiographical book about living with anxiety problems.

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- The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was the vitality that seemed to flow away from me at that time.

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Lars (49) lives with anxiety and depression. - I am not one of the successful ones who comes forward with my story; I'm still ill, he says. 

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Anne Marie was 51 years old when she was diagnosed with ADHD: - I was very relieved, but also sad, because I have struggled a lot.

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