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Ashley's Story

Charleston, South Carolina USA

"I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder eight months ago. I am 23-years-old.


For years, my normal was waking up most days feeling sad for no reason, with a few happy days in-between. I considered myself to just be a 'worry wart' about everything.


I was an undergraduate psychology major and am now in graduate school for school psychology. My initial reasoning for pursuing a career in this field was because I thought I was strong enough to help people who could not help themselves. What I is discovered that real strength and courage is admitting that you need help.


In a few short months, I realized that my normal can be much happier and fulfilling. My normal is being equipped with tools and techniques to enjoy the ups and face the downs of life.


Truthfully, I am worried about how my story will be evaluated by others. Will I sound as deep and well-articulated as others? Does my story stand out in any way?


I am a work in progress still struggling with my disorders. The fight is never over, but I do feel a hell of a lot better in my own skin."