Please welcome first-time contributor Sonya Leon, a 20-something young professional living and working in Montana. Sonya was misdiagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder at the age of 22. She struggled to identify with this disorder, and after just a handful of visits with the psychiatrist she abandoned all hope of ever getting “better” and discontinued therapy. Less than a year later when things became unmanageable again, she visited a new psychologist who diagnosed her with depression and PTSD. She went through months of intensive EMDR therapy (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) that pushed her to her breaking point, but she refused to give up. Then one day she woke up (literally and figuratively) and life was somehow different. The EMDR therapy worked. She felt like a new person. The crippling fears she once dealt with on a daily basis had been tapered down to only a few episodes, here and there. She now manages her depression through relaxation exercises, practicing mindfulness, and photography.
About this photo: “This photograph was taken one morning after I had experienced a small episode. I stayed home from work, still exhausted and depressed, just wanting to be alone. I’ve become fairly accustomed to chugging down my tea among the normal hustle and bustle of the morning routine. But that morning I woke up slowly; sipped and savored each drink. In those few minutes, life seemed a little easier.“
Find more from Sonya at her blog.