Hi! Welcome to MyAria. When I started this blog, it was really more of a journal–a tool that I used to cope. Over the past two years my blog as evolved with me and it has been read in over 61 different countries. I’m so happy to see people taking an interest in mental illness and addiction awareness!

I was diagnosed with bipolar I, anxiety disorder and PTSD almost 6 years ago. After my diagnosis I was immediately prescribed a mood stabilizer and started seeing a therapist once a week. After gaining stability, I started a support group called My Aria–Mental Illness & Addiction Awareness. The group met in person once per week and I started a Facebook page for the group as well. I decided to return to college which has helped me grow and evolve; I absolutely love learning about the science behind mental illness and I’m so thankful to have the resources to study the physiological processes associated with mental illness, and human behavior in general. I haven’t had as much time for blogging as of recent but I want to continue sharing my journey and my knowledge. What I share has been less about my personal struggles and triumphs and more about what I am learning and how it is helping me grow as a person. Learning about the brain, anatomy and physiology, and biology in general has helped me cope in many ways. Knowledge is power!

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comment directly on my blog! I would love to see you on Facebook, join my group by searching: MyAria–Mental Illness & Addiction Awareness!