I wanted to share with you all a project that I made for my graduate program to help you understand my background. I put the link in our bio. Thank you for your continued support and we hope you can find beauty in my struggle. -Ivonne 💕
"I suffer with Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), but until 6 months ago, was only seen as depressed. Since the age of 13, I have been through 'mental hell'. I’ve had four serious depression crashes, but until November last year, no one had linked my periods to my mental health... My general practitioner referred me to a psychiatrist, who, after adjusting all my medications for depression, asked me to start tracking both my periods and moods. After doing this for about 6 weeks, he mentioned this thing called PMDD. I’d never heard of it, so I went home, started Googling, and just felt this enormous sense of relief. Suddenly, I was reading stories of women who sounded just like me. Symptoms that fit exactly with the last 20 years of my life. It all made sense... I still have both good and bad days, and when the injections wear off, it can set-off my mood, but overall, I feel amazing."
Click the link in our bio to read Ruth’s full story.
Day 2 of #intersectionalmentalhealthawareness week!
Many of us have heard of mental health but we don’t exactly know the various types of diagnoses and what they actually mean. Swipe ➡️ to find out more about the various types of #mentalhealth diagnoses.
When we have an #intersectional lens to these diagnoses we can quickly understand that things like race, class, gender and sexuality can impact not only how we experience our diagnoses, but also if and how we get diagnosed.
For example, as a black woman who has been diagnosed with anxiety since I was 11, my anxiety is constantly read as me being rude, instead of being anxiety.
In what ways has your identity in the world impacted how you not only experience #mentalhealth or how you have NOT been able to experience your mental health.