My name is Kailey. I’m a New Media Studies student at Eastern Connecticut State University. I’m someone who suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, all of which can make life a bit difficult at times. I’m starting this blog to share some of my personal stories and what I have learned on my journey of healing so far. I’m hoping that by sharing my personal story, I can help others who are suffering from similar things.
When I was first diagnosed, I wish I had someone I could go to for guidance because I just felt completely lost. I was afraid to share what I was going through. I feared that I was going to be looked at differently if I opened up about my struggles. It was easier to just isolate myself. Feeling like I was alone was awful, so I’m here to show you that there are others who understand and know what you’re going through.
I also hope to bring awareness for people who don’t fully understand what it’s like to live with mental illness. Speaking out about the struggles of mental health issues isn’t the taboo it used to be, but I still feel like it’s something not a lot of people are open to discussing. There are still people who truly believe that mental illness is not real, which is just not true.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend like this life-long journey of living with mental illness is easy because it’s not. It’s definitely one of those things you take day by day. There will be good days and there will be bad days. I have spent years in and out of therapy and while I have made so much progress, I still have so much to work on. There are days where I feel like I can do anything, but there’s also days where I feel like I can’t go on. But I’m here to tell you, and myself, it does get better.