I went undiagnosed with depression and anxiety for five years. Growing up in the UK doctors are reluctant to give out medication without real cause. I was told everything I was feeling was hormonal – because I was a teenage girl.
When I was given the diagnosis of depression everything made sense. The unexplainable feelings, the uncontrollable mood swings and uncharacteristic exhaustion was something that could now be managed and controlled.
Life is a lot easier now. There are still days where my motivation isn’t there, and I don’t enjoy things the way I usually would – but my good days now far outweigh my bad.
My perception of life has changed. I know that I haven’t been given anything I can’t handle. I’ve been through some rough times and taken the people I love through the journey with me. Coming out the other side a stronger and better person has made me realise the importance of self-care and self-love.
Depression and anxiety does not define me. I’ve let it control my life for so long. As soon as I knew what worked for me, I was able to take the control back.
Whether you’re struggling with a mental health condition or know someone who is, there is always a reason to keep fighting. Don’t give up. It is a process, but things can and will get better.