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Service Dog Training; Mentally Ill.

Organized by: hayley timmons

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Hello, My name is Hayley Timmons and I am a 22 year old from Georgia. I suffer from Bipolar disorder, Panic attacks, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and I'm a self injurer. Growing up was really hard for me due to the fact that my biological father would emotionally abuse us when we went to see him. Also for the fact that when I was in school I was constantly being bullied for being overweight. I didn't know that there was anything wrong with me mentally until I noticed that the things I thought wasn't normal. In middle school I was being bullied. I was called fat and ugly and every name in the book. I was always depressed and I never had any friends. Thats when I started to cut myself. I started hurting myself when I was only 11 years old and I am still trying to stop. Beyond the cutting and the bullying middle school went by without any other complications.. Then I graduated into high school. I didn't know at the time but this was the only type of graduating I would end up achieving. In high school the bullying got worse and so did the depression and the suicidal thinking. I started to skip class and lock myself in the bathroom during classes. I also ended up eating my lunch in the bathroom like in those really sappy sad movies. I hate high school and I hated being me. I ended up running away from school on more then one occasion and getting handcuffed by the school resource officer on more then one occasion. Finally, I had a nervous breakdown and my mom was told to take me to the hospital where they diagnosed me with bipolar disorder. I never went back to the school. After that I started to see and get passed around to different therapists, where I enventually was given these diagnoses. I also was having trouble staying at home at night. I would leave the house at like 3 in the morning and just roam around town with no intentions of going anywhere. I became friends with a few of the cops.. well not really friends as just being on first name basis. Eventually basically every cop in my home town knew me by name and the 911 dispatchers because I was having such bad suicial tendencies and thoughts that I called more then 30 times that I was going to commit suicide. I have been to 7 psychiatric wards and I have had to go to court due to my mental illness. The reason I am in need of a service dog is because when im out in public I have severe panic attacks and I runaway. I barely even leave the house because of my panic attacks and uncontrollable anxiety. I am at my wits end trying to find a solution to my problem so that I can finally go out in public without worrying about when im going to have a really severe panic attack. I also self injure and I need someone that can distract me from the self injurous behavoir. I know this may seem crazy but Im desparate to find something that works!


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