I was officially diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was 17, although previously (throughout high school) I had been to see mental health services for adolescents. Different psychology techniques were used to try and help deal with my mood and my early warni
My name is Amy and I experience CPTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety and depression. I have lived with these issues for the last seven years: it mostly began at 16 during my college years.
I was very young the time I first noticed changes in myself but it wasn’t until much later on that I was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I’m 50 now so, at that time, mental health was much less talked about. I have developed methods of coping by learning about schizophrenia through talking with others.
Now you’ve started reading, I first want to thank you for having the courage to make it this far. It would be wrong, and furthermore reckless, for me to try and guess where you’ve been, what you’ve suffered, and where you’re going in life. I can’t do that. What I can do is offer my blessing that you’ll never be alone in your suffering, even if that seems impossible. Even in the very darkest of moments, the greatest strength WE have is each other. The greatest strength your demons have is SILENCE. Don’t ever forget that.