Hello :) First of all, thank you for visiting my blog. As you may have read, I am a college student that studies Autism Spectrum Disorder. I struggle with my own diagnoses which are Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder and Executive Functioning Disorder. You might be thinking, "Wow that is a lot of labels!" and you are right, but they didn't all happen at once.
When I was a child I had seen multiple therapists for help through family transitions, but had stopped once those transitions passed. It was not until I was in high school that I began having severe anxiety, to the point where I could not go through a full school day without going home and constantly bursting into tears. After seeing multiple specialists, I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Following years of treatment, I no longer go to therapy (though I often question if I should go back). To me, anxiety is something I will always struggle with and that isn't necessarily a bad thing. My anxiety has pushed me to limits I do not think I ever would have reached without it. One of which being my academic accomplishments.
In my freshman year of college, experiences led me to want to get my bachelor's degree in three years, instead of the typical four year track. I wanted to be able to help others as soon as possible and gain as much knowledge as I could, as soon as possible. This started out okay, but got to be overwhelming pretty quickly. As I got farther in my education, I started to notice that my homework would take me almost twice as long as my peers and that I could not retain any information that I read. My boyfriend would joke that I had the worst memory because I could watch a TV show I had already seen and genuinely would not remember the ending. So I decided to see a specialist (thinking I had a memory impairment). After a lot of testing, I was diagnosed with ADD and an Executive Functioning Disorder. At first, I thought no way. But after the specialist explained that my memory problems were because of my attention deficit, it finally all made sense.
Of course, I am much more than these diagnoses. But unfortunately, for a lot of us with mental health issues, our labels define who we are to the rest of the world. I started this blog in an effort to change that. I want to create a community that shares tips, tragedies and joys. Most of all, I want society to shift it's view of mental health because to me, "we are more alike than different".