It suddenly dawned on me a couple of days ago that it was about this time two years ago (two whole years!?!) that I was diagnosed with depression. I can remember it being August – September time, and I was standing in my garden in tears. Of course I’d been ‘sad’ for a while, but having a label plastered on me whilst I sobbed to the doctor still wasn’t easy to swallow.
So what’s happened in the last two years? Where am I now?
Well actually, I’m doing ok. In fact, quite a lot has happened in the past two years that I’m pretty darn proud of. Here are some of my victories – I hope this post gives somebody hope.
1- I had therapy sessions for six weeks and spoke about things that I needed to deal with.
2- Slowly, I dealt with said things.
3- I took antidepressants – I didn’t get on with them, but I am still grateful for that time purely because of the support that I received – I will never forget that and my relationship with my boyfriend is stronger as a result.
4- I’m learning to be ok with my body again.
5- I started my blog.
6- I wrote for Student Minds.
7- I became an external writer for Pretty52.
8- Time To Change shared one of my blog posts.
9- I managed to establish a partnership with West Kent Mind.
10- I battled horrendous anxiety in a concert venue and still stayed until the end.
11- I fought serious travel anxiety twice in this year alone and beat it both times.
12- I have just become a blogger for Huffington Post.
13- I started #TalkMH.
14- I haven’t had a serious depressive low for about six months or so.
15- I have made some of the most incredible friends.
Please, don’t give up. Soon you will have your own victories. And if you already do, please share them with me! I would love to hear about how you are beating your mental illness. If you’re not there yet, don’t give up – it’s worth it in the end and you absolutely can get there. I’m still dealing with anxiety, but hey, there’s next year’s victories.