I blog about mental health stigma, struggles, and tips for living life to its fullest potential. The content on this blog comes from research, interviews, and my personal experiences with mental illness.
Who Am I?
I’m a 22-year-old college student who was born and raised in New York (no, not New York City. New York State). Throughout my life, I’ve struggled with a lot. Even though my life has always been full of promise and opportunity, it didn’t always feel that way. I’ve felt alone, worthless, and hopeless. I’ve been in therapy since I was 11 years old, and have been prescribed so many different medications in hopes that something would make me feel better. For years, I felt like a burden to those around me, even though my goal was to always make a positive impact on the world. Eventually, I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Add in generalized anxiety, PTSD, and trichotillomania (chronic hair-pulling), and things can get pretty hectic for me. However, once I understood what was going on with me, I was able to begin proper treatment.
Although I have my ups and downs, I celebrate my successes and try to live each day to its fullest. If the meaning of life is to give life meaning, I’ve found my life’s meaning. I’m determined to use my successes and failures to help other people who are struggling with mental illness.
How Am I Doing?
Blogging has helped to give my life some meaning and purpose, but it’s not the only thing that’s helped me. Once I found a therapy program that addressed my issues in a way that resonated with me, I saw major improvements in my outlook on life. In addition, finding a medication that suits me well has helped to keep me at ease.
That’s how long it’s been since I last self-harmed. On December 3rd, 2016, I reached my 1-year milestone of being free from hurting myself. I’m so proud of this accomplishment, and I know that recovery is possible for anyone, anywhere.