Hi! I’m Jenni Elyse. I suffer from a whole host of mental illnesses. I have since I was a teenager. I experience lots of ups and downs. I have officially been 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 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.
Writing about mental illness* isn’t my concept for this blog, but it’ll definitely be part of this blog. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Hopefully, with what I have in mind, you and I’ll both learn something from this.
*As a trigger warning, some of my posts will be raw and emotional and not for the faint of heart.