I am a 19 year old girl, a college student, a daughter, a sister, a grandchild, a cousin, an employee, and a friend. I went to Catholic school, have held down a job since I was 14, and love reading, video games, and hanging out with friends. I took AP classes in high school, hated math, and hated waking up early for school. I was and am your everyday teenager. However, every day I struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, and anxiety. I’ve received years of therapy and, last year, even a couple months of electroconvulsive therapy. I’m going to McLean Hospital for a residential OCD treatment within the next few months. I want to get better and I’m hoping I will. I am combating mental illness one day at a time, but you’d never know it just by looking at me. Who knows? I could be YOUR friend, your child, your sister, your granddaughter, your employee, or your student. So don’t discriminate against those who struggle with mental illnesses. Instead, talk about it and educate yourself. Stop the stigma before it starts.