Jennell, 36, US

Jennell“I have had mental health issues all my life. My mother said she saw changes in me as young as 4 years of age. I was officially diagnosed with severe depression at the age of 10. With Bipolar at the age of 19.

Since that time there has been a whole slew of other diagnoses come my way. Panic Attack Disorder, MST (military sexual trauma), PTSD, Severe Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and Borderline Personality Disorder. Also, I am working on getting an official diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder.

I am one of the 10% of the population that is mostly drug resistant. By that I mean, it doesn’t work on me like it is supposed to. Often times making things worse. So other than taking a highly addictive medication for my anxiety, I have to use other methods of dealing with my illnesses.

I go to therapy and find it very helpful. I also use a ton of coping methods. You will often see pictures of me with headphones or earbuds in. I use music to block out noises that set my anxiety off.

You will also most always see me wearing little fingerless gloves, as touch is a huge issue with me. I also always have some type of fidget toy and my worry stone with me. I am very open as to what I deal with on a daily basis and have a Facebook page called Into the Mind of Dragon, where I talk about not only my own journey with my mental health but try to do a lot of education too. I also post things from time to time on my Instagram account @intothemindofdragon. Both are public pages and I welcome everyone to come check them out and say Hi.

I have a lot of crap days and some good days. My little man, my mom, my best friend, and my fur babies help me be stronger than I can be on my own. I love hearing from others who deal with the same things I do. As it makes me feel not so alone!!”





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