LDS Teen Diagnosed with Schizophrenia: "My Faith Is What Helped Me Get Through Everything"

At one of the most challenging times in her life, 16-year-old Amorelle Perales shares, "I got down and prayed in the middle of the bathroom. I had to rely on my faith to get through all of this and the terrible time in the hospital. … A couple hours after I had finally sat down to pray, I got out of the hospital. They discharged me. My faith is what helped me get through everything that’s going on in my life."

Amorelle is a singer, she's an artist, she's a 16-year-old, she's a big sister, she's a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she has schizophrenia.

"She's the bravest person I know," Rochelle Perales, Amorelle's mother said. "She suffers from schizophrenia, but that’s not who she is."

Three years ago, Amorelle Perales hit a breaking point and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She had experienced depression since the sixth grade, extreme bullying and an eating disorder throughout seventh grade, and during her eighth-grade year, Amorelle was hospitalized three times after having hallucinations and experiencing psychosis.

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