Long Beach, CA USA
“My name is Anna. I have severe ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD).
I have always felt this constant pain in my life, but never knew if it was real or if it was something that no one else had. I was always told that whatever I was feeling was an over-exaggeration and that my feelings were not valid.
But, I'm here to tell you that no one can tell you what you're feeling. No one sees the world in the way that you do. You know yourself best.
Your feelings are valid and real.
Growing up with all these chemical imbalances and learning to cope has been inexplicably difficult. But, what has been even more difficult is learning to accept myself the way that I am and not over-criticize the parts of myself that I cannot change.
I believe that those of us with mental illnesses see the world in a different light than neurotypical people do. We see the good and the bad, and we are forced to accept both. We are always exposed to the darkness and the light, but we can learn to put up with it; we have to.
I hope one day the world will see that our chemical imbalances give us different perspectives that are unique to us; perspectives that are valuable, new, refreshing, and creative."