I have struggled with mental health since I was very young. At age 4, my mother would pry knives from my chubby kid fingers whenever I'd try to kill myself. I've had auditory and visual hallucinations since as long as I can remember. At age 14, my depression and anxiety became so bad I began self-harming, sometimes without my control. Over a year ago, I had to drop out of college because my depression was overwhelming me to the point I couldn't get out of bed. When my family found my suicide note, my therapist suggested residential treatment.Since then, I have attended partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care, and am currently in dialectical behavior therapy. I have always assumed I would kill myself before I was 25. Now, I finally have...
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