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Siouxland girl with mental illness shares her story on coping

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

A few people that have learned how to cope with mental illness, spoke at the "Many Faces of Mental Illness" conference in downtown Sioux City.

One of those, is Maddie Walsh, who gave her story of conversion disorder to her peers. The disorder is a mental illness where the body turns emotional stress into physical problems.

She spoke how those dealing with mental illness sometimes feel shame by blaming themselves.

Since mental illness is looked down upon, Walsh stressed that doctors are on the same the level as patients.

"One of the biggest things I wanted them to see is that we're all broken people. And that they come at a lot of the same level that these people do, just different how we handle brokenness," said Maddie Walsh, speaker.

On a personal note, Walsh said she still has seizures, but does journal and opens up more about her emotions to help slow down the frequency.

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