My name is Lizz & I’ve got O.C.D.
- O.C.D or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or That Naughty Monster on my shoulder, whispering sweet worry into my ear…….
- Depression or The Black Dog or In My Case That Smiley Faced Mask I put on each and every day!
- 450 Million Adults Worldwide have a Mental Health Problem.(World Health Organisation 2001)
- 1 in 4 Adults in the UK experience at least one diagnosable Mental Health problem in any one year.(The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)
(I know, I’m so funny!!)
But seriously, I am not a number, a label, anything.
I am Lizz and I am one of many human beings on this beautiful planet who ‘they’ would like to put into their statistics.
I’m 34 years old, though feel 17!
I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when I was 11 years old, somewhere along the line I was also given the label ‘depressed’ as well.
I’m a mum of two miracles, my beautiful son and daughter, they are my reason for fighting~ they are my reason to get up each day & between them, they have saved me from myself.
I’m an Artist, I’ve always been an artist, I can remember when I was little I had about a million pencil cases filled with pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers crayons and more.
Art has always been my thing!
(seriously my mum will tell you! I think it drove her bat shit crazy!)
Now I’m older I’m still addicted to
all stationary (who doesn’t love the smell of a new fresh notebook, yet to be written in) but I’ve also gone from pencil cases~ to full on draws of art materials!! ooh and I love buying handbags! some girls love shoes (my best friend needs a whole house for her shoes!seriously!) I adore handbags, big ones, little ones, funky ones, posh ones, you name it I want it,nay, need it!
Any way I digress….What I’m trying to say is that none of us are just the sum of a label put on us by Psychiatrists and Doctors. We are people, bloody awesome people, With Hopes and Dreams and Goals! We want to live a fulfilled and happy life, just like the rest of ’em (I’m talking about the elusive ‘normals’ . Still haven’t met one yet!) I want to live an amazing life, I want to make an impact, I want to rise far above the uncertainty that was my earlier years, and you know something? I AM! AND SO CAN YOU!!!