by Grace in New Jersey
I work for a public school system as a substitute teacher and teacher's aide and have been doing the same job for over three years. I have my own apartment and writing business. The two pets that I have are a hamster and a goldfish, which is all I can handle right now. I have been dating the same man for over 11 years and he has helped me tremendously through my recovery.
If you saw me seven years ago, you would not believe your eyes. I was a wreck. I was experiencing the first symptoms of an illness unknown to me. What started out as anxiety and depression turned out to be something more serious. This is how everything went downhill. It was my junior year at college. I started to experience severe anxiety and depression over my classes. I told my mother my symptoms. She did something you don't do to someone with a mental illness. She ignored the problem.