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Recovery Stories


John

I’ve been in therapy continuously and have worked on developing better coping skills to help me keep going!

Born into an abusive and dysfunctional family, my struggles with mental illness go back as far as I can remember. I was often shamed, manipulated, and physically assaulted by multiple family members – often for no reason whatsoever.

The trauma I experienced during my formative years would develop into multiple diagnoses including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I suffered in silence well into my late twenties, never telling anyone about my struggles as a child and how they affected me as an adult.

Even after sharing my story with a handful of close friends, I mostly tried to deal with my mental health issues on my own. Without a healthy outlet to talk about and manage my emotions, I struggled to keep a job due to extreme episodes of depression and anxiety.

In February of 2012, I attempted to take my own life.

In the years that followed, my struggles continued. It wasn’t until I was admitted to a mental health facility in November 2015 that I began to dedicate myself full-time to my recovery. Since then, I’ve been in therapy continuously and have worked on developing better coping skills to help me keep going.

My desire to become a peer support specialist was born from wanting to prevent others from feeling the same feelings of isolation and hopelessness that I felt during the darkest times of my life. It is my hope that what I do will help others to be successful in their personal recovery journeys.

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