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  • Area of Lived Experience: MDD, GAD, PTSD
  • Focus: Medication, Affirmations, developing strong relationships, panic attacks, biblical therapy, childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, coping skills, and choosing a therapist.
  • Resources Used: Counseling at college (christian counseling), depression/ anxiety medicine, exercise, church, talking to friends, and writing or writing poems.
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My name is Psalm and I am from Philly! I love Grey's Anatomy, and I have watched every season at least three times, I am a vegetarian that occasionally misses the taste of cheesesteaks, and I go thrifting every chance I get even if I don't have any money for it lol I have a bachelors in Psychology, and I minored in social work. I have experience in crisis counseling, and active listening. I have always been a personal therapist for my friends and family However, I also have my own struggles. I was diagnosed with PTSD, and MDD. Even through the difficulties I face, I know that things can get better for me and for you as well! 

What are your diagnoses? How do you feel about them?

MDD, GAD, PTSD. I am not ashamed of it, I used to be. It is okay to not be okay and I try to eliminate the stigma that others associate with mental illnesses.

Have you ever experienced stigma?

Yes! I have been told that I overreact, that I should just get over things, and think positive. I truly appreciate people that recognize that it is not always that easy, but encourage me to move at my own speed as well as supporting me.

How has your life been affected by your illness?

Things that are emotionally easy for others are not emotionally easy for me. This has negatively affected the way that I communicate with others, my coping skills, and deal with life on a daily basis. However, it has positively affected the way that I help others, and my increased my sensitivity to others.

When did you realize what you were experiencing wasn't typical?

I have anxiety since I was a child. I noticed the depression when I was in college. I saw how other people functioned and lived happily, and I did not have that.

Early on, why didn't you seek help?

I didn't think it was a big deal at the time. 

What type of reactions are not easy for you to hear? What reactions do you appreciate when sharing that you live with a mental illness?

That medication isn't needed, that I should just stay positive, and get over it. I appreciate when people tell me that my feelings are validated, and that I am not my mental illness but a person facing my illness.

What do you wish people would understand in regards to mental health/illness?

I wish people would understand that you can not control a mental illness. We can not control physical illnesses, so how can we control mental illnesses? People that suffer from mental illnesses do not choose to have a mental illness. If we could just get over it, or think positive or change our thinking, we would.

What treatment or coping skills are most effective for you?

I currently take medication for my MDD and GAD. I also find it helpful going to church, and reading the Bible. I love watching Grey's Anatomy, and it gets my mind off of things for a while. Writing helps me process my thoughts, and let out my emotions.

What are a few goals regarding your mental health?

To be consistently happy, and to learn to better communicate with others how I am feeling.

What does progress look like to you?

Progress for me would starting to have better days more often than bad days. Recovery to me means being healthy and happy. Coping with my illnesses and living life.

"I am an African-American woman. The black community has even more stigma. As a group of people we are told to be tough and get over things. Having a problem is seen as weakness."