Personal Story: Dealing With Mental Illness

by Aria Charlene Valdez, Newburgh NY

Dear friends,

Mental illness can be treated with therapy and medication, but it does not cure it. It simply manages the symptoms. When you have any form of mental illness it lingers every single day of your waking life. You can have the best life and it will wait for you. It will break you down until one day you’re vulnerable…and then IT WILL GET TO YOU.

Personal Story_ Dealing With Mental Illness

You can have all the self-awareness in the world, support from family and friends, you can do the research for coping mechanisms, you can even talk to others that share the same forms of mental illness and it will still be there.

THIS IS FOR SOMEONE I LOVED AND LOST TO MENTAL ILLNESS. I underestimated his mental illness, WHILE SUFFERING FROM THE SAME ONE, “Chronic anxiety disorder.”

Do your research guys. People have a major misconception about anxiety disorder. It can escalate quickly and unexpectedly.

People that ARE UNAWARE of the symptoms or choose to ignore them can find themselves SELF MEDICATING and soon develop a substance abuse problem.

DO RESEARCH, become aware, and talk to people you can trust. You need to talk. It may be a burden in some instances, but do you know what your friends and family will go through if you end up dead from an overdose or commit suicide?

Mental illness is exhausting. It’s a chemical imbalance. It’s a neurological problem. It’s not something to be ashamed of. It can be a result of genetics or it can be triggered by chronic stress, or even be triggered by traumatic events.

You are not alone. There is someone out there who will take the time to help you figure this out. It can even be a stranger!

TWO, I spent the last 4 years of my life coping with PTSD. It took me two years to identify this little devil. I soon learned that it can be triggered by unexpected death, rape, and verbal or physical abuse! I read that a lack of SUPPORT during these traumatic events will increase your chances of developing PTSD.

There are ways to cope! Trust me. With self-awareness and support, you CAN BEAT THIS.

You’re not alone, we treat co-occurring disorders


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