On July 11, 2014 I was diagnosed with both depression and anxiety. I had recently finished my first year of university. I knew that something was off throughout the year but I didn't want to say that something was wrong because I was worried about what people would think. So closer to the middle of June of that year I mentioned something to my parents and they agreed that something seemed off and that I was slowly withdrawing from everything family based. I said that I thought something was off as well and that I thought that I needed help. I made a doctor's appointment and I asked my mom to go with me because I didn't want to go myself.
When I went to the doctor, I was really nervous about what was going to happen. The test was really simple, 5 questions on a computer and the doctor is able to tell you what your score is. At least that was how mine worked anyway. My doctor's appointment lasted about 20 mins and by the end of it I had my medication to start.
I have now been on medication for about 4 years and am able to live life like there is no issue with me. I have no qualms about sharing my mental health status because it is not something that I am ashamed of. Sometimes people ask me why I need the medication and if I just changed things in my life I would be fine. But I tell them that my doctor is the one that decides what is best for me regarding my mental health so I am not one to question it and I will follow what he says if it is what's best for me.
So if you are experiencing any symptoms that makes you think that you could have a mental health problem please talk to your doctor and get the help that you need. If you are worried about telling people or wondering what they will say please send me a message and I will gladly talk to you.
I know today's post is a little different but this is something that I am not ashamed of and sharing it may help someone else get the help that they need.
See you next time :)