I have PTSD and Psychosis. I am not ashamed to say that and neither should anyone with a mental illness. Having a mental illness doesn't make you less, horrible, evil, unable to achieve your dreams nor so many negative things that people correlate mental illness to. Many people with a mental illness can be, have been, and will be successful people. There are people with severe mental illness that require more assistance than others but that still doesn't make them any less that anyone else.
Since 2011 I have used my pain, struggles and recovery to be a voice for those who still need help and a shoulder for those who need continous support. If I am able to help at least one person every so often, than I am happy and feel accomplished.
I was told by so many professionals to get SSI and forget about going back to school. I couldn't do it because I had psychosis. When I didn't listen to them and still attended school in 2015, the advisor told me to drop out because the "university is too highly academic for people like you". Well!. Let me tell you something...
I have been on the Dean's list since 2015, EVERY single semester!. And my last two semester I had a 4.0!. Those 4.0 were ALL upper 300 and 400 classes and what that means is that those are extremely hard classes, requiring insane amount of work and people usually mix it with lower level (100 level) classes to reduce the work load and the difficulty. That let's you know how hard I worked. I don't feel I have had to prove myself to anyone but what I do feel is.... Don't tell me what I can and cannot do!. Don't tell me what I can and cannot be!. And most of all, who the heck are you to tell me I can't achieve, especially! because I have a mental illness???.
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