Living With A Mental Illness

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I have been living in recovery from depression and anxiety since November 17, 2006. While living with a mental illness has been a daunting task, I am happy to say that my road to recovery has made me who I am today. Thanks to the love and support of my family, friends, and pastors, I have been able to live a well-balanced meaningful life. By adopting a lifestyle of discipline as well as self- awareness, I have been able to develop an appreciation for all of life’s complexities. These experiences shaped my life and despite the obstacles facing me with law school, I now know that I can face them with both fear and courage. These characteristics are not mutually exclusive. In fact, in those times of my greatest fears and vulnerabilities I discovered my greatest strengths, which has adequately prepared me for the rigorous demands of a legal education.
The sad truth is that we live in a society that refuses to treat illness above the neck the same way we treat illnesses below the neck, and my family is no exception. I remembered my dad’s failed suicide attempt, brought upon by years of alcoholism and chronic depression. My Nana’s schizophrenic institutionalization, after she mistakenly beat my cousin with a baseball bat. The life sentence rendered against my sociopathic Grandfather, whose uncontrollable desire to commit murder was manifested as an enforcer in the Winter Hill Gang under James “Whitey” Bulger. His criminal cruelty cultivated my Mothers struggles with post-traumatic

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