One in five American adults have experienced a mental health issue, and one in twenty-five Americans have lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also states studies show that individuals with mental health problems get better and may even recover completely, where they can live a healthy life, with the help of treatments, services, and community systems. I, myself am one of the twenty-five. I am Tatyana, and you may or may not know who I am, but either way, after reading this, you will.
Ten years ago, I was nine years old, going to an elementary school on the East Coast, seemingly happy and enjoying life, or was I? Growing up, I never lived in a steady household. Due to the abuse she endured and the divorce she eventually finalized (and then went back on), my mother moved my siblings and I from state to state, had different men coming in and out of our lives, and threatened to end her life countless of times, leaving my siblings to take the reins, and not only take care of themselves, and the house, but me as well. None of us had it easy, but being the youngest, and the only one who lived at home until I was eighteen, I seemed to bear the brunt of it all, and to say I was distraught was not even the half of it.
At such a young age, I began to become less and less happy, no longer enjoying the finer things in life. Due to my emotions plummeting, not only did my opinion of myself began to change, but apparently so did the opinion of others, resulting in a major shift in appearance. Fast forward some years later, and the “happy” nine-year-old everyone thought I was, was now a suicidal thirteen-y...
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...e from two very important players in this game called life, I managed to give it all up, and find healthier outlets.
Today, it is the (blank) day of August of the year 2016, and I am still alive.
I am Tatyana, an almost nineteen-year-old, alive and still fighting. Living with an illness of any kind, whether it would be a physical or mental, is difficult. Yes, there are still obstacles I face on a daily basis, and yes, sometimes I want to throw in the towel, but I do not. I do not because I know that my story is far from over. There are still things for me to accomplish, and I will be damned if I allow myself to leave this world before I do so. Today, I am alive, and I am ever grateful of that.
If you, or anyone you know is suffering from a mental illness, and wants to take the next step, check out the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You will not regret it.
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