My mental health journey has been a long one. I’m sure many of us struggle with various parts of our lives and our thoughts, so it’s not hard to feel like you’re alone in the fight. For me, that all changed when I received a dual diagnosis from my therapist two years ago.
At first, I didn’t really understand what this meant, but my therapist explained that it’s when someone is dealing with two mental illnesses at the same time. After further investigation on my part and regular visits with my doctor - both primary care and specialist psychiatrists - we identified an anxiety disorder as well as depression as my two diagnoses.
The emotional rollercoaster that ensued felt like it would never end; there were moments where I thought I wouldn’t be able to cope and times where I felt like giving up completely. With the support of family, friends and medical staff, I was able to get on the right track though. Over time, I committed myself to understanding more about how these conditions manifest themselves for me specifically, while learning a wide range of coping strategies to help manage their symptoms effectively during periods of distress or panic.
While ridding myself of these issues entirely is almost certainly impossible – since they seem to have been part of my life as long as I can remember – managing them successfully has become an integral part of who I am today. Having come through some incredibly tough times over these past couple of years, I now have a much better understanding and appreciation for proper self-care and maintenance in order to keep myself ticking away steadily towards attaining emotional stability over time and finding ways in which to maximalise this stability along the way!