Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I had interesting and compelling stories to share. I also aim to inspire others to self reflect and seek the help that they need.
Where can I find you on social media?
By far, I am the most active on Instagram. You can click on an Instagram post on the Home page or you can click here @PassionateDirection
What are you diagnosed with?
Formally, I am diagnosed with PTSD and panic disorder. I struggle with depression and general anxiety as well. I am outspoken about my panic being mostly centered around relationships and diseases.
How can I find a Therapist or Psychiatrist?
I would suggest checking with your insurance carrier via their website to search for an in network provider. If you are looking for someone specific or want to browse, check out Psychology Today.
What medications do you take?
In the past I tried Zoloft and Topamax. When I finally met with a psychiatrist that ran a series of tests to be able to determine an accurate diagnosis, I was prescribed Ativan and Pristiq. I now take Pristiq (daily) Xanax (as needed) and Trazadone (to sleep). I also take a few herbal and natural supplements of Evening Primrose Oil, DHA fish oil and calcium.
How did you get comfortable with your body?
It has been a long journey. At 19, I probably would have been disgusted with how I look. Now, I feel like being curvy, thick and natural is what makes me unique. I love the way I look and I hope to inspire others to embrace what they look like today. My advice is spend time with yourself, stop the negative self talk and see a therapist if your body issues are overtaking your life.
What is your day job?
I work in facilities management. Currently, I work for a major eye care company.