I am a 26 year old female with severe debilitating mental health issues. I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar, ptsd, anorexia, anxiety, and borderline since the age of 17.
I have not been able to work due to these conditions for over 3 years and have been hospitalized over 25 times.
At the end of March 2021 I am hoping to go visit my best friend who lives in a different state for a week. I haven’t seen her in over 2.5 years due to COVID-19 and my mental instability and hospitalizations.
My support team believes that if I have the opportunity to see my friend it will allow a break from always having to focus on “just preventing the next mental health flare- up episode.” It will also be good to connect in person to someone who I so deeply care about. this would also allow me the opportunity to not be the center of unwanted attention, but give my love and compassion to someone else who has their own difficulties.
I plan to become an art therapist for those who have either or both mental illness/ physical disabilities. I want to give back to others and show that through all art forms, you can express the things you cannot say. But to do this I need to not be so sick.
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