Today’s interview is with Wallis Hechler a student at Kay College and someone who is like a little sister to me. She discussed how she has dealt with her anxiety, depression as well as misophonia and overcoming anorexia. She is a strong warrior and I love hearing how she stays Forever Strong.
What do you suffer from?
Depression, anxiety, misophonia, and (almost five years free) anorexia
When were you diagnosed?
Anxiety: as long as I can remember, depression: 13, misophonia: 15 (though I’ve had it since 10), anorexia: 13
What was it like when you were diagnosed?
Definitely a relief for misophonia because my dad didn’t believe it was a thing and that I was actually suffering, so having a name for it to prove it to him felt so nice.
Did you know a lot about your condition?
Yes 🙂 I’m actually studying psych so I know from experience and from education.
What was your support system like? What is it like now?
My friends and my dog were my biggest support system in the beginning. My mom has been really supportive as well (though she joined a little later once she got sober) and my dad has been improving in his ability to be supportive.
What is the hardest part about dealing with (issue)?
The noises. My misophonia is absolutely horrible and it’s CONSTANT. It never stops.
What is a piece of advice you have for anyone who is just being diagnosed?
Your feelings and experiences are valid and you shouldn’t let ANYONE tell you differently.
What is a piece of advice you have for someone who doesn’t understand or believe?
Educate yourself. If you don’t understand it’s probably because you don’t know, and if you don’t believe it’s probably because you don’t know. Being ignorant is no excuse.
What helps to keep you Forever Strong?
My support system, especially my girlfriend and my dog. My dog was the only thing that kept me going for a long time so she’s extremely important to me.