Mental Illness Journey

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Mental illness is intertwined with my life, and it has been this way for years. It is hard to describe my relationship and journey through mental illness because it is so much a part of me, that I don’t truly consider it a journey through, but my life journey itself. I was first diagnosed during eighth grade, though I had been living with mental illness for years prior. I was able to start medication and cognitive behavioral therapy during 2013, which seemed to help. My mental illness was manageable, however difficult, until March of 2014, during my freshman year. I was ready to commit suicide when I admitted myself to be hospitalized. I stayed in Miller Dwan for five days, where I received inpatient care. I was put on a new medication, started…show more content…
Despite my desire to throw the towel in, I have stayed strong, and even developed a “life worth living goal” to become an activist focusing on mental health, disability, and minorities’ rights. I am proud to say that so far I have done two separate successful fundraisers for those in need, the first when I was 14, the second this past year at age 17. It was July 20th, 2013 when I first shaved my head. I had done so to raise awareness for Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease that causes one to lose hair. I also did this fundraiser to stand in solidarity with cancer patients who go through chemotherapy. I raised a total of $640 and split it evenly between the American Cancer Society and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. During the summer of 2016 I began fundraising for my second head-shaving fundraiser. My goal was $650, and if I reached it my school allowed me to shave my head at an assembly. An in school fundraising competition plus a few kind souls who donated $100 each, I was able to raise $1000. I donated it to Circle of Hope, a local organization in Duluth, Minnesota that is dedicated to helping local breast cancer patients make ends meet. While I was fundraising and when I shaved my head, I took the opportunity to talk about how one of my mental illnesses affects me-dermatillomania. When I was completely bald the picking spots on my scalp were visible. I spoke about how compulsive
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