Hello all! I don't know if anyone has shared a similar experience about recovering and coping, but in case nobody has, I think that it would be a great idea to share my experience. First I would like you guys to get to know about my situation: I am a seventeen year old girl, who has always been easily upset or angered from a very young age. My mother never understood why I was so irritable, but I always knew that it was just because I never was really happy. As I got older, my closer friends realized that I was very unpredictable. One night I would be a happy flower, and the next night I would do something horrible, something that they didn't expect of me, something that was self-destructive. Most of the time, however, I was just stricken with a crippling emptiness that made me cry and made me irritable around everyone who knew me. I was unsanitary too; I wouldn't brush my teeth or change my clothes. I still have a hard time washing my clothes. Later on in life, I developed anorexia, and finally got help for my other mental illness along with that. I was diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, and generalized anxiety. What helped me cope with my mental illness was significantly changing my diet around. I eat healthier things, like things from whole foods. I also eat low carb (personal preference), but there is a gut-brain connection, and when your gut is happy, your brain is a little happier too. There even has been scientific research on it! If you struggle with your mental illness, try switching around your diet! It has made my mental illness a lot easier to cope with.