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.

2 responses to “Jaqueline”

  1. Cathy C says:

    Good to know that others have the co-occurring disorders of ocd, anxiety, and depression. If you suffer, you may share, but even so it is hard for others to comprehend the complexity of your feelings and actions.
    thank you.

  2. Dayna says:

    You can do this! make this illness work for and with you instead of against you. You are amazing! everyday we wake up with OCD and tell our brain it is wrong and that is something that isn’t easy to do. I was diagnosed when i was 18, i am 35 now and feel more in control of my illness than ever before. I had hard times, but those hard times from the past make my present an even more beautiful gift. Never give up, always push on, and remember the amazing person you are!

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