What is your mental health issue?
I have depression and mild anxiety.
Do you have medication and/or therapy?
When I was officially diagnosed in 2016, I received 6 weeks of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) over the phone. At the same time, I was prescribed 50mg Sertraline daily.
What therapy/medication have you tried and have any worked for you?
CBT helped slightly. I already knew about it and had been practicing it before my diagnosis. It is a useful tool to have. However, the medication has been the most beneficial. Sertraline has reduced the intensity of the depression and surprised me by basically eradicating my anxiety! I’ve been much more social at work and in general since being on the meds.
How long have you had problems for?
I was diagnosed in 2016 but first noticed the symptoms of depression in 2006. Yep, 10 years until I got proper help.
Do your family/friends know?
Most people I am close to know. I am not embarrassed about admitting my mental health struggles to people and hope it will help others to open up and seek help too. I even talk about it to my holistic therapy clients when it is relevant.
Does this affect your work and daily living?
Before starting medication, it affected everything so badly. When I am going through a depressive state I am not nice to be around so try to isolate myself as much as possible. At the time of diagnosis I was at uni part-time which sometimes was the only thing I had to look forward to as I knew I’d be distracted from my thoughts.
What makes you feel calm?
Being around my dogs or outside in the woods. Ideally both.
What do you do in crisis?
Struggle through. When my depression is bad I try to remind myself that it won’t last forever. It is usually something really silly that’s set it off so I try to think about that too. Else it’s a matter of simply “riding the wave”.
What advice would you give to others suffering?
Talk! Talk to someone you feel comfortable talking to. Family, friend, doctor, co-worker, even if it is online rather than face to face. The first time I went to the doctors to seek help was hard but the doctor made me feel so comfortable about it all so it was much easier than I inticipated.
What makes you smile?
My dogs, nature, being silly with friends, good books and tv.
Describe your mental health issue in 5 words –
Lonely, medicated, difficult, sad, unique.
If you want to know more about my problems or want any advice on yours, please leave a comment or get in touch. Here is a list of organisations who can help you.