She’s healthy, confident and lighting up rooms with her smile.
But the road to this point has not been easy. It’s taken hard work and the right resources at the right time for Jessica to get to this juncture in her recovery.
Diagnosed with depression and anxiety at age 14 and with Bipolar Disorder at 23, Jessica spent most of her adolescent and early adult years struggling with mental illness. Over the years she has spent time in hospitals and consulted with psychiatrists and mental health professionals. Sometimes things got better, but never for too long.
“It was chaotic, confusing and lonely,” admits Jessica. “Being so young and not knowing what was going on and being ashamed. I just wanted it to end.”
As mental illness took hold of her life, Jessica found herself making poor decisions.
“I was in an abusive relationship, detached from family, in debt and had addictions issues,” she notes.
Jessica’s fortunes began to change when she was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder at age 27 and was admitted to Ontario Shores’ Borderline Personality and Self-Regulation Clinic (BPSRC), which serves those who are experiencing difficulties managing their symptoms.
Through the BPSRC Jessica participated in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), which is a treatment specifically designed for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder. She credits medication management and individual therapy for aiding her recovery, but also found group therapy to be an impactful experience.
“You walk into a room and these people understand you like no one else I know,” she recalls of her first group therapy experience. “Before then, I felt like nobody took me seriously.”
Two years later Jessica feels like she is taking control of her life again. She has learned to manage her illness and is now focused on the future.
“I now feel like I can be successful in life,” she says.Back
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