Recovering From Anxiety and Depression
Posted by JadeCrumble
7th Dec 2015

I haven't posted a blog on here in a very long time, and I apologize for that but I have been quite busy. And that isn't a lie either.
I have been getting cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression and I am pleased to announce that I was discharged 2 weeks ago.
Being discharged from mental health services is strange for me because I feel like I have spent most of my life in them. It's even more strange being discharged for actually recovering and being better.

I have had a 7 year struggle with anxiety, which started when I was very young, and it pretty much disabled me. I couldn't eat, I couldn't leave the house, I couldn't dress or look after myself and in the end I didn't think there was any point in carrying on. I thought that was the way my life was meant to be and I couldn't cope with that. Suicidal thoughts took over, I spiralled into depression and, eventually, spiralled out of control.
Thank god I got the help at the time I did because I don't know what would of happened. I welcomed the help with open arms, I accepted anything they offered me, even the medication which I had reservations about.
I was never keen on being on anxiety/depression medication, but it has helped me so much.

After 12 sessions of CBT and 5 months on medication I am feeling much more stable and in control of my life. There are still I need to work on, my recovery is not over yet, but I am heading in a very positive direction.
So, I want to take this opportunity to give advice to anyone reading this who is in the place I was in 5-6 months ago. People who have become crippled with anxiety and see no way of going on.
I'm here for you and I understand you. I know that you may not believe me at the moment, but change is going to happen and it will be positive. You will win this fight because there's no way you can lose.
Please, don't give up and continue fighting, accept the help as it comes. Look after yourself, don't allow it to control you.
I am 18 years old and I have beaten it after 7 years, I'm sure you can do the same.
Recovery is never easy, but it is the most rewarding thing that can happen after so many years of fighting.

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