Voices for Recovery
In 2009 I was in an abusive relationship. I developed depression and had a nervous breakdown as a result. I attempted suicide and was hospitalized as a result. A few months after I was held at gunpoint and assaulted by my then abusive boyfriend. Shortly thereafter I was also diagnosed with PTSD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. My family arranged individual psychotherapy and I also began seeing a psychiatrist. This was the absolute worst time of my life. I was despondent, suicidal, hypervigilant and always tearful. I felt dead inside and was unable to see hope or a future. I worked very hard to get well. I attended weekly counseling sessions, group sessions, psychiatry appointments and even domestic violence counseling. In June of 2010 (6 months after my assault) I began my graduate degree program in pursuit of becoming a counselor/therapist. Today I am working in a community agency as a Clinical Case Manager for troubled youth and will be taking my state licensure exam in the next 2 months. I am now proud of the road I have been on - both the dark days and the brighter days! I believe I am a success story and strive to help others become one, too.