Hi! I’m Jenni Elyse. I’ve decided to blog about what it’s like to live with mental illness.

I know there are many people who live with mental illness like I do. I also know there are many people who don’t. And, I know there are people who think mental illness is something to be ashamed of because of the stigma surrounding it. Mental illness is a disease, a sickness. It should be treated the same as a physical disease. I hope that one day the world and, especially employers, will see it that way.

I have been officially diagnosed with:

  • Fibromyalgia (not a mental illness but it does affect how I feel)
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

My husband and I also suspect I have Asperger Syndrome (now called Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder). I’m currently in the diagnostic stage.

I am also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormon church.*

I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Hopefully, you and I can both learn something from this. If I can destigmatize mental illness for even one person, then I feel as if I’ve done what I set out to do.

As a warning, I’m sure that some of my posts will be raw and emotional and not for the faint of heart.

*My religion influences many of my personal views. That’s the only reason I mention it. I don’t have an agenda in converting you. It’s important to me that you believe what you want to believe. I welcome all schools of thought as long as you’re courteous and respectful to those that differ from you.