My culture and childhood has greatly influenced my mental health.
I am adopted, and I have no clue who my biological parents are. My family and friends are supportive and caring. I was malnourished, which may contribute to my mental health conditions.
I do not remember exactly when my symptoms started appearing.
They began in my teens, and eventually dominated my life over the years.
While my family indicated that I am experiencing symptoms, I usually ignored them. My denial is rooted in the stigma attached to mental health. I believe I am crazy when I am not and belong in a psychiatric hospital when I am stable.