As some of you may know, I have depression and anxiety. Back in April, I started to notice that my mental health issues began to affect different aspects my life. Depression and anxiety can leave you feeling sad, anxious, afraid, tired, and alone...or at least those are some of the things I feel.
After trying to cope with my feelings on my own, I recently decided to go back into counseling. I also went to counseling during my Junior and Senior year in college. I'm all for getting treatment for mental health, but I realized I wasn't taking my own advice. Having a B.A. in Psychology, you would think I would have sought out treatment before now. I think it was hard admitting myself that It's ok not to be ok.
Like so many people, I was in denial that I was finding it hard to cope with depression and anxiety. Depression can be hard. Anxiety can be hard as well. I used to feel life was so unfair that I struggle with both, sometimes at the same time. I felt like I was putting on a brave face for the world, but I felt like my world was slowly falling apart.
After going to my first therapy session in years, I started to feel some relief when I talked about some of the things bothering me. For those of you that have never been in counseling, your first visit is typically an intake and plan for treatment.
By the end of my first session, my counselor asked me how did I feel, and I answered hopeful. Hopeful is a word I haven't used in so long regarding my anxiety and depression issues. I feel hopeful that with therapy, working on my treatment plan, lifestyle changes, and medication that I can begin my journey on feeling better again.
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