My Aria — Mental Illness & Addiction Awareness

Hi! Welcome to MyAria. 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. Through therapy and medication I’m finally able to see things clearly. After stabilizing, 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 was inspired to go back to college after nearly a decade of soul-searching. I absolutely love learning about the science behind mental illness and I’m so thankful to have the resources to study the physiological processes experienced by those of us with a mental illness. I plan to document my journey, though being in school full-time while my husband works full-time (in the mental health field) with a two-year-old daughter (Aria) on top of it all, doesn’t really leave me with much extra time! My blog started out as a jounal of sorts and somewhere along the way transformed. Often, because I have little time beyond family and school, I simply share what I have been learning in college.

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Thank you all!