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Michaela’s Story

“It has to get worse before it gets better.”

Share your stigma experience.

From age 5 until 17 I had so many negative things impact me and tried antidepressants and therapy, both of which at the time didn’t work for me. My mom didnt want to believe I had depression because to her that meant she failed as a mother and that was more important to her. I started cutting and thinking of my suicide note and how I would end my life. It got so bad I scared myself into stopping and then my parents pulled me out of the hole I’d dug.

How did you overcome this experience?

I haven’t fully overcome any of it but I am working with a specialist to get my medications On Track and am back in a new therapist office to work through my stuff. It has been no easy ride. It always seems to be getting worse.

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It has to get worse before it gets better.
There’s always at least one person in your life so look for them and hang on to them.
We are only human. We do our best, and that looks different to everyone. Your life, your story.

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