Behind Keeley's Mind

About a year and a half ago I was first treated for anxiety and depression. I was in my first year of university and have had some run-ins with depression before but never as bad or serious as it got. I couldn't move, get out of bed or go to school for a week. I ended up going to a GP and getting put on medication for anxiety. Things improved and though I was slightly skeptical about being medicated at the beginning, I'm so glad I did. Since then, I've learned a lot about myself. I've had to switch up medications and that's okay. I have changed since last year and continue to change today. I've learned how to cope with my anxiety and almost never have anxiety attacks anymore. I do struggle heavily with depression now, but I am working really hard to chang my course of action and become the genuinely happy person I know I am.

I think that having such supportive, understanding people in my life has helped me deal with my mental illnesses a lot. While they have always explained that they are here for me for anything, they still encourage me to take action by myself, for myself. The only people who can change me is me and I am slowly learning that. As much as it seems like a never ending cycle of depression and anxiety for me, I know that there will come a time when I will realize that I don't have to struggle anymore. Things will work out. I just need to trust the process.

Keeley W.

Meadow Lake, SK

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