I sometimes find it difficult to know where to begin when starting a new blog or post. And this is one of those times. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say. Far from it. It’s just that my inner critic is so much louder. Telling me that I’m not a writer, and don’t have a right to make my voice heard. But that’s not true.
We all have a story. And we have the right to tell those stories. One thing I have learned during my time writing a mental health blog is that our stories can be powerful. They can help others who struggle in the same way or relate to us somehow. Knowing that other’s can relate, and hearing their stories helps us to realize that we’re not as alone as we may have thought.
That’s why I have decided to start a new blog alongside my other one. I want to keep that blog focused on mental health. I don’t write there very often anymore, so the majority of my time will be spent writing here. This blog will be centered around my life since discovering that I’m on the spectrum.
That discovery happened this year, at 35 years old. For women on the spectrum, this is unfortunately a common occurrence. Due to the different ways in which autism presents in females compared to males, more women are being diagnosed only later in life. I’ll be sharing about this, as well as how I came to realize that I was autistic, in a later post.
In 2016 I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). I also started therapy. Little did I know just what a journey this would turn out to be. A lot has happened since then, both good and bad. I’ve been in a psychiatric clinic a couple of times, which was mainly due to burnout. During my time there, I met mental health professionals who all played a part in my recovery, some of whom still help me in some way today. I have also gained a lot of insight into my self and this has been so valuable.
I love animals (more than people), especially dogs, and am currently doing a dog behaviour course. This course covers dog behaviour, psychology and training. I’m in the process of getting my puppy for future service dog work (it’s still in the fundraising stage, but the deposit has been paid), which I’ll be training along with the help of a professional trainer. I’m excited about this, and will also be writing about this aspect of my life.
It’s not always easy for me to express myself verbally to others. Writing is easier as it gives me time to properly formulate and organize what I want to say in a more coherent way. And that’s what I’ll do here. For myself, and those in my life. But my hope is that this blog will help others out there as well.
So, will you join me on this journey?