After months of trying to get back on my feet after some health issues…I have finally decided on my first step and the direction I am going.
I have a huge passion for blowing the stigma of mental illness out of the water. This needs to be talked about more. Mental illness can be so isolating. People need to understand that they are not alone and there is help.
I realize that I can’t expect others to talk about their struggles if I do not do it myself. So, here I am world.
My name is Andria Parrott.
I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2012.
I am a fully functioning member of society.
I pay my bills.
I pay taxes.
I am married.
I have children.
I make decisions on my own.
I have hobbies.
I clean house.
I absolutely love my life.
I do just about everything that everyone else does.
Am hypersensitive to smells and sounds at times.
Have flashbacks and night terrors.
Practice self-care so that I am able to function normally.
See a counselor in a program for victims of domestic violence, domestic abuse, and crime.
Have to have deep pressure hugs from my husband if something has triggered me and I cannot calm myself down on my own.
Had to change work environments from a negative to a more positive environment.
Enjoy helping people come up with ways to take care of themselves so they can do the things they want to do.
Want everyone to know that having a mental illness does not mean you are broken and do not deserve to live life to the fullest.
I am not ashamed of my diagnoses. It does not define me. It is just one of the hundreds of threads that have been woven together in the fabric of me.