From a confident, sociable workaholic, Karen felt she changed overnight into a shy individual that wanted to hide away from the outside world. Diagnosed with PTSD, she struggled with memories of old traumas that she had previously blocked out. Finding that running away and hiding was easier than facing the reality of the problem, Karen started self-harming in an attempt to bring herself back to some sort of normality. With the support of others, Karen learnt to lead a better life and understand that what happened to her is not unusual and she is not alone. Though admittedly, as someone who was previously independent and stubborn, Karen found listening to others who were trying to help a real challenge at first! Karen still has her ‘off’ days but has developed coping mechanisms and wishes to let others know that there is a life outside social anxiety and depression.