I wanted to talk about women’s mental health and the symptoms we ignore that become a problem. Mental health deals with someone’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also plays a role in how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. I have experienced multiple behaviors associated with mental health problems. All very common, but what most don’t know is, you can get help and those problems can get better and many people recover completely. Throughout my life, I have battled PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. At 15 years old, I was walking down the street to a nearby restaurant, a car pulled up, a man jumped out and grabbed me and at that moment I became a victim of sexual assault, my life changed forever. I’ve also experienced Postpartum Depression. When my first son was born he had baby colic for about two and a half months. I felt incapable of consoling him and it sent me into a sad place. Next, Anxiety would follow. I endured two home burglaries and just two years ago the attempt of one. This one was the hardest on me because I actually looked the intruder in his eyes and the look I’ll never forget. He was determined to get into my home and commit some kind of crime. He was eventually arrested and taken to jail however, the anxiety it caused within me still remains. I also suffer from a great deal of OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. I need things in a specific order, I obsess about things constantly, and I will do things over and over uncontrollably. Lastly, what I feel has been the biggest struggle for me is Prolonged Grief. In 2011 I lost my firstborn son. Years later I find myself still in shock and in denial. I often get drawn into reminders that would affect my daily routine. I would also avoid activities that remind me of my loss. While it’s normal to feel sadness and grief the prolonged intensity of the symptoms after years have gone by should be addressed and possibly treated. I decided to share this to help me because I was ashamed, and these major turn of events I’ve tried so hard to forget, But we fall silent to the very same things that take us down every day. It’s our nature to compete and prove to others that we are doing well. This is my truth and I have discovered the tools I need to cope with my symptoms. It’s not easy and it takes time. Through the grace of God, I have recovered from most of my mental problems, and I can honestly say, Today I’m thriving!