Please Note: The topic discussed in this blog post and video (link listed below) is not to discourage anyone from seeking professional help. Which may or may not include the use of medications this blog post only shares the personal opinions and experiences of the guest and not the opinion of the general public on this specific topic.
At 15, Tylia suffers the loss of her best friend Daniel. At the age of 22 Tylia struggles to find herself. She then goes to find out what’s going on and gets told she has anxiety and depression, shortly thereafter she gets put on the medication, Fluoxetine. Shortly after going on this medication, and the breakup of her five-year relationship Tylia’s symptoms worsened. Personally, therapy was not the best fit for Tylia so she turned to her circle of friends and support via social media where she began writing again. In September of 2018, Tylia was diagnosed with adjustment disorder.
Tylia describes it as having difficulty with dealing with change or situations that require a big change. Such as job interview or move ETC. She also goes onto say that 28% of people with Cerebral Palsy have depression.
Structure Is Key
Tylia also talks about how important structure is. She talks about how she struggled from being in the school system from kindergarten through tenth grade and then the transition to homeschooling to finish out her high school years. Going from a structured environment to limited resources state-wise is also daunting and frustrating for anyone, but in particular for someone that deals with anxiety and or depression. Tylia goes on to say, The whole thing with having a disability, is that you have to adapt to your situation.”
Tylia goes on to tell us that her chronic pain concerning her cerebral palsy does play a role in her depression, but this is when she adapts to the situation as best as she can. She relies on the following things to help her get through on the difficult days.
Her service dog
Country music, in particular, Blake Shelton
The Angry Grandpa on Youtube (for mature audiences)
Tylia reminds those struggling that “nothing that is seen as an obstacle lasts forever.” She also goes onto say,”that with a great support team, someone to guide you that you will be okay.”
What Tylia hopes society accomplishes by talking about mental health amongst the various disability communities
Tammy also adds to the conversation that within 1-3 year of becoming a caregiver an average of about 70% of caregivers are in great in of mental health support and help. In addition, there definitely is a huge pool of mental health issues in the various disability communities that desperately need mental health and supportive resources.
Tammy’s Final Thoughts
Where you can find Tylia online
Her website: www.tyliaflores.com
Facebook: stomping on cp with tylia
To read her various articles you can do a simple google search. You can also watch the full-length interview with Tylia here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwUnV980y_Y