I've actually suffered from varying degrees of mental illness since i was a child. I didn't know it then, as I was never diagnosed, but I used to experience hallucinations, racing thoughts and an almost out of body experience where I felt like I was floating and I couldn't feel my limbs...it was like I didn't have a body anymore. So scary. I was too young to explain it to my mum, and she didn't take me seriously. I now know this to be symptoms related to schizophrenia. I also remember being obsessive compulsive about my daily activities, always driven by extreme fear. I was ridiculously hyperactive and disobedient and if the ADHD label had been around then I would have had it stuck on my head for sure! As I aged the schizophrenic episodes stopped at around 16, about the same time I got into heavy drug/alcohol abuse. I have suffered from intense anxiety, panic attacks and depression my whole adult life and it wasn't until recently it was discovered by my nutritionist that I had a genetic condition, known as Pyroluria. This biochemical imbalance was at the root of my mental illness. Since beginning a nutritional program, changing my diet, and incorporating new lifetstyle habits, I'm finally finding some peace in my life. I'm not 100% but I no longer have panic attacks, my anxiety levels are minimal and mostly aggravated after a really rough few nights sleep with my kids. Sleep deprivation is a killer! Anyway I wanted to share my story, not that I believe my answer is everyones answer, but it's definately food for thought.