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Checking in on your family, friends and colleagues during the coronavirus outbreak is more important than ever. I have spent long periods in depression, and experienced periods where I have felt OK. However, in the last 12 months or so depression, anxiety and panic disorder took over my life. I struggled to focus on anything thing for any period of time, from work to going to the gym, or even just a shopping trip.

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Checking in on your family, friends and colleagues during the coronavirus outbreak is more important than ever. I have spent long periods in depression, and experienced periods where I have felt OK. However, in the last 12 months or so depression, anxiety and panic disorder took over my life. I struggled to focus on anything thing for any period of time, from work to going to the gym, or even just a shopping trip.

I had a constant feeling of panic, or hopelessness, like I was living in fear of something, but I didn't know what. After a painful life event, due to my illness, I eventually came to the conclusion that I needed to take control, and not let depression and anxiety rule me anymore. I've always been against medication but having started taking antidepressants, I now firmly believe that medication is vital for me, for now anyway.

However, I decided that I wanted to do more than take tablets to prevent any further bouts, and so I did a great deal of research on self regulation and care, general well being, mindfulness, and neuroscience. I also attended talking therapy. I was pretty cynical about some of these methods and theories initially.

However, after a lot of reading and therapy I have managed to alter the way I think and how my mind works, and I cannot believe it's taken me all these years to realise to get better I needed to change the way I thought. I've also discovered yoga and other ways to bring me mental comfort.

I don't think I've ever felt so focused, and not filled with a desperate sense of hopelessness, and absolute despair. I used alcohol a great deal of the time as a way to mask my anxiety especially, and cope with whatever was on mind but all this did was pull me further down.

I now only drink alcohol occasionally, to celebrate, toast or to enjoy a drink with dinner, or friends, instead of using it as a mechanism to deal with my anxieties.

I lost the man I love because of my depression and anxiety, but I am determined that they will not take over my life again. I don't believe every day will be a breeze but I can confidently say that I don't want to ever feel like I did when I was at my lowest, with what felt like the weight of the world on my shoulders.

The feeling of hopelessness, and constant panic has been replaced with feeling calm, content and able to focus on the now. During my research and reading I discovered lots of people who suffer different mental health issues don't talk about it much, if at all, but when people do share stories they then realise they aren't alone, and others are experiencing the same. Having battled depression and anxiety for such a long time I have really struggled in the past to open up and share with others what I was going through for fear of people's negative reactions.

I cannot emphasis enough how important it is for anyone suffering with ill mental health to talk to others. But, yet more importantly, for anyone who thinks they know someone who is struggling with their mental health, be an ear, listen, and help them understand that they are not alone, and that once they start talking they will feel better that they've opened up to someone.

A huge turning point for me was actually realising that I wanted to get better and make changes, and be in control of my life again.

So far those I have spoken to have been nothing but thankful that I have told them about my past struggles, and few have gone on to tell me they have suffered in the past, and know what it's like. I am eternally grateful for these reactions, as I know full well that many do not receive such kindness when they do open up.

Too many people are made to feel ashamed. By sharing your story, you can help spread knowledge and perspective about mental illness that could change the way people think about it. Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience but becomes a mental health problem when someone finds they are feeling this way all or most of the time. Depression is a diagnosis given to someone who is experiencing persistent low mood and who finds it hard or impossible to enjoy things. Skip to main content.

Supporting someone during Covid Checking in on your family, friends and colleagues during the coronavirus outbreak is more important than ever. Anxiety and depression took over my life. Share your story Too many people are made to feel ashamed. Show me how. More stories about mental health conditions. About anxiety Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience but becomes a mental health problem when someone finds they are feeling this way all or most of the time.

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The book contains a five-point plan for change. It will help you identify what you need to change, and give you the coping skills to achieve your goals. Discover why stress and negative thinking are important causes of anxiety, depression, and addiction. You will learn new techniques to reduce your stress.

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Growing up with clinical depression and obsessive compulsive disorder OCD , I never knew what it was like to be happy for more than a few moments at a time. I drank heavily and took diet pills to make myself more attractive so that people would concentrate on my outsides heaven forbid they find out how much was actually wrong with me. Thankfully, my roommate stopped me. I was admitted to an inpatient program against my will the next day.

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Even good changes can trigger distress or make it worse. Understanding the effects of change can help you adjust faster with less difficulty and upset. Unexpected losses, events or challenging situations are part of all our lives, and can cause significant stress. A single stressful event or a series of ongoing events may trigger depression or anxiety at any point in life, even many years later. These events can result in emotional and psychological trauma, and this can have an impact on all aspects of our wellbeing.

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