Saturday, January 14, 2017

An Interview (mental health) - Jenna!

My name is Jenna

I'm from Las Vegas, NV

I have Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Panic Disorder, Chronic Clinical Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and I also struggle daily with selfharm.

I've been aware of mental illness since I was 10 because I was sent to a psychward but I have had it ever since I was young.. the first signs started to show when I was 7.

Yes, I have tried therapy. When I was 12 I was sent to a long term treatment center that was located out of state where I lived for 1 year and 21 days. That program was completely centered around DBT. I have been going to therapy ever since but I have recently started CBT. Overall I wouldn't say it really helped me but it did teach me some good skills and ways I can try to manage my emotions.

My coping skills are listening to music, taking walks, colouring, writing, drawing, playing with slime, deep breathing, and sometimes talking with a friend.

Yes, I have a support system. My family and friends. My boyfriend used to be my main support system but we have broken up recently.

Yes, I am not the only one who struggles with mental illness in my family. We are all aware, understanding, and supportive of eachother.

Mental illness has made my life extremely difficult. The obstacles I face can be so overwhelming. I am being pulled from school because my Panic Disorder is so intense. I cannot order my own food. All of my relationships have gone down hill. It seems my life is constantly spiraling out of control.

In 10 years I hope to be married with children and be working as a preschool teacher.

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