Katherine is a small-town girl who grew up in Mocksville, North Carolina and has long been a strong advocate for those with mental health struggles. She has had extensive involvement in Crisis Text Line as a Crisis Counselor, and while she plans to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology, she is also a professional advocate for abuse survivors and those with mental illnesses. This is her first published piece, but she has always yearned to be a writer, healer, and advocate for those without a voice. Katherine hopes to have many more publications to come and experiences great fulfillment in sharing her story. When she is not studying for her Graduate Reentry Examination, she is writing poetry, delving into the arts, reading inspirational books about resilience, and dedicating her time to helping others and herself.
by Katherine Sims
I am what clinicians may refer to as “comorbid,” meaning I experience simultaneous disorders at once. With my history of diagnoses of major depressive, post-traumatic stress, panic, generalized anxiety, illness anxiety, body dysmorphic, and social anxiety disorders, I have had an overwhelming journey.