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Life in the Stigma

Mental health may be getting more publicity, but is the stigma getting better? Anyone who suffers with mental health issues knows the importance of this statement. I have suffered with borderline personality disorder since I was a child. It has been an uphill battle. Until recently, hiding this little fact from the world was even more of a battle. It took all of my effort to act normal. It occurred to me, finally, that I shouldn’t need to. No one should. We are all human. Having anxiety, depression, bipolar ect. does not make you a failure.

15 Years Without a Shower

I filmed this 15 Years Without a Shower - Story Time video to shed light on the existence of medical malodor disorder condition. And also to try to raise awareness of isolating and ostracizing rare diseases such as trimethylaminuria malodor condition ( also known as tmau). My goal is that with enough awareness, creating a tmau cure might be put into motion, allowing people who have suffered in silence for untold years to finally have a chance at normal lives.

My name is Sophie

From birth, you could tell there was something different about me. I would always cry and never sleep as a baby.  As the years went by, things just got harder and more complicated. Doctors refused to diagnose me with anything. Later in life, I struggled to overcome heroin and alcohol addiction. After a suicide attempt, I was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder which changed my life for the best. The medications and therapy finally gave me a taste what it’s like to be happy. I made this video to increase awareness about mental illness.

My sensitivity became my strength, and my asset

In my late teens and early 20s, I did everything to keep up with the fast-paced world I was living in – I worked as a server, went to college full time, and spent every other waking moment socializing with friends, being there for my family, and spending time with my boyfriend at the time. I felt pulled in every direction. I never spent time alone and I paid no attention to my inner life. The few times that I did try and look inward I became utterly confused and scared.

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