A 15-year-old high school senior from Kansas told The Huffington Press in an exclusive interview she’s “a little bit lonely” in her life.
The teen, who is named by friends and her family as Sophia and is currently enrolled at North High School in St. Louis, Missouri, said she has been dealing with PTSD since she was 14 years old.
She said her father and her grandfather have been supportive and have helped her deal with the stress and trauma of growing up.
“My mom is a very, very strong, loving person and I’ve never had any problems with her,” she said.
“She’s always been very supportive of me.”
She added she didn’t have a specific diagnosis when she was diagnosed, but said she’s a strong believer in mental health and has been diagnosed with PTSD several times.
Sophia’s father, Michael, told The Associated Press he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at age 12.
He said he has struggled with depression and anxiety for the past four years.
Sophia, who’s currently enrolled in an online course, said her PTSD symptoms began about six months ago.
She started having panic attacks and was diagnosed as a PTSD patient in April.
Her father said he is currently on medication for anxiety and depression, but has struggled to find a treatment for PTSD.
He told the AP his anxiety has worsened over the past few months.
He told The AP he hopes to graduate this year, but would not give an exact date.
Sophia said she hopes to become a veterinarian and has no plans to become homeless.
Sophy’s father said Sophia has an active Facebook page with more than 25,000 likes.
He added he has not seen her in a few months, but he hopes she can find someone who will help her through her mental health struggles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.