Testimonies

Lindsay-Ann Opitz Testimony

Lindsay-Ann Opitz Testimony

“Yes, terrible things happen, but sometimes those terrible things- they save you.'” -Chuck Palahniuk My life had pretty much been unmanageable from age 16 on, maybe even before. My first addiction was food, or the controlling of it. When I graduated high school I was 5’11 and around 120 pounds. It doesn’t seem ‘all that’ skinny but the reality was I had been living off a daily intake of about 500 calories, weed and bad decisions. I hung out with men almost double my age that were a gateway into worse decisions. This mindset and way of living was the...


Melisa Alonso

Leah Casciano

Melisa Alonso

I first became interested in psychology and how the mind works back in high school. I found myself constantly thinking about the human mind and why it is that we process things the way we do. For instance, why is it so easy to think negatively but so challenging to think positively? I took a couple of psychology classes during this period and decided it was the right fit. I went to Florida International University and obtained a Bachelors in this field. However, I still was not sure which route I wanted to take. Did I want to burry my...


Melanie Ent Testimony

Melanie Ent Testimony

I've experienced anxiety and panic attacks for as long as I can remember, even as a child. At 17 I went to my doctor and said I was sad all the time and didn't want to do anything because I was scared to leave the house. She promptly told me I was depressed and tossed me a prescription. I hated the idea of being dependent on a pill so I never took it. Fast forward 4 years--I wasted a lot of my time in college feeling too depressed to make myself go to class or even get out of bed...


Tyler Owens Testimony

Leah Casciano

Tags anxiety, awareness, life in recovery, mental health, overcome, recovery, sobriety

Tyler Owens Testimony

High school for me was hell, but not for the “usual” reasons. I was never picked on and had many friends. I got straight A’s and graduated salutatorian of my class. My home life was great. My parents gave me everything I needed and most of the things I wanted. I was prom and homecoming king. And I was a three sport athlete. I don’t say this to brag, but to show how seemingly perfect my life was. But here’s what others didn’t see. Depression consumed my life and had from a fairly young age. I started going to a...


Demi Lishman Testimony

Leah Casciano

Tags anxiety, awareness, life in recovery, mental health, overcome, recovery, sobriety

Demi Lishman Testimony

I always had an excessive nature even as a kid; I remember turning light switches on and off fourteen times before I could leave a room, push coasters in two inches from each corner of the coffee table, and counted all the silver cars on our street every morning.At 14 I developed an eating disorder which was all-consuming in every aspect of my daily life. I missed out on every social event, every date, every first kiss I should have had with someone because instead, I was too busy counting calories on the back of a box of raisins. I...