Hello! My name is Thuli Mazwi.
I want to share my story to help shake the stigma associated with sexual abuse victims and mental health issues.
Eventually, my mind rebelled against me, and I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), extreme anxiety and depression.
I didn’t know what depression felt like, what anxiety felt like. I thought I could somehow snap out of whatever I was struggling with. I thought with a little more effort I could get better. When it didn’t work, I started feeling useless and such a failure. It didn’t help at all, I got worse.
However, through lots of hours in therapy and prayer, in December 2016, for the first time, I dared to hope for a better future.
I still have some ground to cover, but I see the light. There is no shame in suffering with depression, anxiety… If only we could all learn to shake the negative stereotypes that concerning mental struggles, we would break down barriers and people will get help sooner. There are a lot of hurting people out there.
I have to say, since I started sharing my story I have been overwhelmed by the incredible love and support from family, friends, and work… even from people I don’t even know.
It saddens me that my story is not unique – it saddens me that more and more children suffer abuse daily.
Thuli shares more about her journey to recovery and regaining her self esteem on her website here.
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