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Kira VanWingerden

Country: United States

I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder when I was 11, and depression when I was 13. My family told me there was nothing really wrong with me, and all that meant was I was a sad, emotional, teenager. When I got to USF I realized that a lot of people went through the same thing I went through and am still going for and that it is a legitimate battle we have to fight everyday. I chose psychology as my major to try to understand my brain, and while it hasn't made the depression go away, it has helped me realize that this is in fact an illness. I try to encourage people in my life who also struggle with depression everyday, and I believe that the first step is realizing that yes it's a real thing and it's kind of scary, but it's also possible to fight it and you don't have to do that alone.