Warning: This article contains discussion around sexual assault.
Now 21, Holly spoke on her new podcast 21 & Over - which charts her mental health journey - about facing her trauma, and leaving university to receive treatment in hospital for three months.
Holly was enjoying life as a fashion student but by the second half of first year, she was being affected by PTSD.
"I had no idea that this was happening," Holly said. “I was going out a lot, missing class because I’d been out. I wasn’t enjoying myself at all. I was struggling a lot."
Holly left university to receive treatment in London's Nightingale Hospital, a private mental health hospital, for three months.
“I didn't have any time to actually think about what was going on,” she said. “I left uni after my first year because I was admitted to Nightingale Hospital as an in-patient for three months... That was where I was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression."
Holly explained the trauma causing her PTSD was experiencing two sexual assaults when she was a teenager.
“The PTSD was a result of two sexual assaults when I was 18. I didn’t tell anyone about it until a year afterwards. I just buried it in a box in the back of my mind," she said.
Now, Holly is working on her ongoing recovery out of hospital, with regular therapy.
“I now have these diagnoses that I carry around with me. It’s confusing and I’m trying to take control of my narrative and use that to make something good," she said.
“It's going to be a journey,” Holly added. “There are still going to be bad days, great times and good days. I'll deal with them as they come.
"I hope that by speaking out I can help other people."
You can listen to Holly's podcast here.
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