The future seemed ominous when Katie Sanford was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder the summer before her senior year of high school. Now, she’s ready to graduate from Northwestern University with a degree in psychology and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She devised innovative ways to manage her disorder, with unique study habits and by spending time with horses.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental illness affects one in four people and schizoaffective disorder affects one in 100. Receiving a diagnosis and seeking treatment mean taking back control for individuals like Katie.