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maria's story

Updated: Nov 8, 2022

i have struggled immensely for over a decade now with my mental health. but as a Licensed Professional Counselor, i have pride in sharing my story. i definitely have sugar-coated what i’ve gone through and what i currently go through because i think that’s part of the stigma. i told myself that this year i am going to be more compassionate with myself and validate that my mental health is not okay. i struggle with severe anxiety and depression (possibly Bipolar II Disorder). each day is a new journey for me. i never know what’s going to happen or what to expect. 2021 was probably one of the worst years for me mentally. i have a good life, but mental illness doesn’t care. i sometimes feel like no one understands me or that i’ll never get “better.” if you resonate with this, please know you’re not alone. i know that’s a typical saying; “you’re not alone,” but you are not.


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