Maddy, 21, British Columbia, Canada

“I suffer from multiple mental illnesses, but the one that has affected me the most in my life is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In July 2016, I witnessed a horrible terror attack in Nice, France where 86 people were killed.

Since then I have suffered from nightmares, flashbacks, depression, and constant anxiety. I have also struggled with self harm and intense suicidal thoughts as a result of the attack and have received inpatient psychiatric care. There have been times when my PTSD has left me feeling completely hopeless, however with the help of my family, friends, doctors and therapists, I am slowly healing. Medication and therapy have been extremely helpful for me- however it has taken several years to finally connect with the right counsellor and find that perfect balance for my medication. I encourage anybody who is seeking treatment not to give up, the road to recovery can be long and the healing process is certainly not linear. Therapy and medication aren’t easy fixes, but they can make living with mental illness more bearable. Although working towards health and wellness can be a challenge, I truly believe it is worth it. Trauma can leave you feeling totally isolated, but I have learned to accept that negative thoughts and feelings come and go, and that with the right treatment, recovery is possible.”

You can follow Maddy’s healing journey on her instagram.


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