Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your consideration to support me. I'll try to make this as short as I can.
At a very young age I was diagnosed with Selective Mutism. I would not talk to anyone but my parents, sister, and very few other people. I wouldn't talk to any other kids, teachers, or even most of my family members. I went to multiple therapists, but none of them were ever able to help me.
At the age of 11 is when I started to slightly open up to some people. At that point, I had developed severe Social Anxiety Disorder. I am now going into my second year of High School at age 15, and I still have very bad social anxiety. I haven't made any 'long-term' friends throughout my life because of my anxiety. If I'm put in a social situation that I'm very uncomfortable with, I will sometimes go completely mute and it will feel as if my entire body has shut down. I stopped going to therapy because it made me nervous and just miserable, but I feel that I will be more confident about going again when I have my service dog (SD). I am taking medication, although it hasn't been helping as much as I'd like.
I know a psychiatric service dog will be good for me. Not only will it perform tasks to help me, but I've also found that having a dog with me boosts my confidence. However, training an SD is very expensive and something that I can't afford, and it's very difficult for a 15 year old with anxiety to find a good job, which is why I'm starting this fundraiser to help with the expenses.
Again, thanks to all for the consideration!