Art by Megan Rahm
My symptoms started very early in childhood. In fact, for years I believed I could communicate with the dead. I wasn’t diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder until I was 22, but when I did get diagnosed it came as a relief. I couldn’t believe that there was a name for what I was experiencing, and better yet, a way to treat it. Today I take my medications regularly, and I usually only have symptoms when I am feeling stressed. I turned to drawing and painting very early on in my recovery as a form of expression. Now I work on my art on a daily basis. I also work full time for Harbor Behavioral Healthcare in Toledo, OH as a peer support specialist. Helping others with mental health issues has made me feel really connected to my community.
Check out Megan's work here.