Something I’m Proud Of:

When I was 20 years old, I experienced my first panic attack, and for 7 years, I’ve struggled with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Last year, I suffered my first psychosis episode and was admitted into a psychiatric center, a place that is not so pleasant where I live in Mexico. I hit rock bottom and the only thing left was my family and my faith. But, I’m proud of myself, because no matter how hard a situation can be, I don’t give up. Despite the criticism and social pressure, I was able to continue with my life, and thanks to that I was reborn, and I can be myself again

Advice for Newly Diagnosed:

I’ve been in treatment for 1 year, and while it’s been a long process with a long way to go, now I see my “illness” as a gift, a gift from God and an advantage that I must learn to master. I just want to tell those people that are going through the same thing – don’t be scared, don’t be afraid to express what you’re feeling, and don’t be scared to ask for help or take your medication. Remember, you’re not alone, and there are many of us who go through the same challenges.

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