Kiara’s Story: “My mom told me to figure it out on my own.”

Mental health became important to me when I was diagnosed with anxiety in 2019.”

Throughout my years, I always said I had anxiety but in September 2019 it was confirmed. After being diagnosed, I was put on medicine per my doctor’s suggestion. I gave her hell before even considering it.

After a while, I found myself doing well until I noticed that the medicine made me too aggressive or spaced out. Before I spoke to my doctor, I confided in my mother about speaking to a therapist. As one can imagine she did not take the news well. In fact, she had an attitude about it and told me to confide in my friends and/or figure it out on my own. 

After that moment, I knew that I must get in control of my mental health. Since then, I’ve been listening to jazz music, coloring in my adult coloring book, writing, talking to my boyfriend, and reflecting. I allow myself space to be alone.

As you can imagine, I have good and bad days. Some days things are good and others I want to shut down completely. However, I’m still here and taking everything one day at a time.

You are still here too! Do not allow anyone to stop you from seeking the help that you need. You got this!

See what’s in Kiara’s self-care tool box.

Fun and Funky Coloring Book Treasury: Designs to energize and inspire by Thaneeya McArdle


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