My name is Martha Lueck and I’m very excited to be writing for the blog Getting Through Tough Times. I have experienced symptoms of depression and anxiety all my life, but I wasn’t officially diagnosed with these conditions until after college. Throughout my education, I struggled with severe test anxiety. I also had learning disabilities which caused me to feel stupid compared to my peers. When I was 17, I lost my father who was my best friend. This loss affected my outlook on life, relationships, and even self-esteem.
Martha Lueck Succeeded Despite Mental Health Challenges
Despite my challenges, I got into Northern Illinois University and majored in journalism. I enjoyed making new friends, walking around the campus, and trying new things. But academically, I found myself worrying about whether I’d fail. I also continued to struggle with the void from losing my father. These hardships got really bad, and, at times, I felt them ripping apart my social life. I sought counseling senior year and continued to seek help when I moved back home.
Why Martha Lueck Writes ‘Getting Through Tough Times’
In writing for Getting Through Tough Times, I want to help millennials with mental health conditions overcome life’s trials and reach their full potential. Some of the topics I will be discussing include coping skills, self-love, advocacy, and mental health stigma and etiquette. By discussing my own experiences as well as the lessons I have learned, I hope my readers will know that they’re not alone and that, no matter what they’re going through, they can get through it. Even in times of weakness, we are all stronger than we think we are. We are all loved, and we all have a purpose in this life.
More on Martha Lueck
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