Behind Lauren's Mind

  

     I’ve been following the Behind My Mind campaign and I was truly inspired by the strong individuals around me to share my story. Since I was a child, I have suffered from depression and severe anxiety. I didn’t understand what made me different from those around me. When I confided in friends about the way I was feeling, they always made me feel like an outcast and they didn’t understand why I was feeling like this. This of course only made me feel worse and more anxious, so I decided to keep things to myself. As I got older and entered high school, I found myself throwing up and passing out when I was stressed out, I would stay in bed for days, and when I wasn’t anxious about uncontrollable things, I felt numb. I was caught between these two emotions I didn’t quite understand. I wanted to feel better but I didn’t know where to get help because I thought it was an incurable part of me. I suffered in silence for years. I lost friendships, my grades fell, I wasn’t sleeping, and I was eating an excessive amount. My life was falling apart in front of me and I was watching it happen. So I decided to talk to a Child and Youth Worker at my school.

She helped get me out of this awful place where I was able to seek further help. She gave me the confidence to talk to my mum and my doctor about medication and other ways to relax my mind and body. I don’t think I would be here today without the endless support I have gotten from her. I am learning how to let people in and trying to live one day at a time. This doesn’t mean everyday is perfect or that I don’t have days where I feel like I can’t do it anymore. I now know my worth and that I deserve to be here. The Behind My Mind campaign is so important and it lets people know they’re not alone. I encourage others to share their story and take the time to send positive energy to those around them because you never know what happens behind others’ minds.

 

Lauren I.

Brampton, Ontario

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