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When HeartSupport approached me asking me to talk about the things I’ve been struggling with in terms of my mental health, I actually struggled with what to say.
Because today, my life is absolutely amazing. I have a job that I’m passionate about, an incredible support system and family, a fun and loving group of friends, and I genuinely wake up every day feeling pretty happy.
And this is remarkable because about 2 years ago, I wanted to die. I felt completely cut off from parts of my identity, home, and community. I was in a monthly cycle of self harm and didn’t understand what was wrong with me, and by the end of 2020, I just wanted the pain to stop. I thought feeling even “okay” was beyond the realm of possibility and had completely given up hope.
I’m so grateful for the handful of people who dragged me, kicking and screaming, back from the edge.
The point I want to make in sharing all of this is that it is possible for things to be that bad, and eventually be this good. We hear all the time “it gets better” but I had no idea what was actually within the realm of possibility. That “better” can mean “amazing”.
For me, that took getting diagnosed with PMDD, a physically and psychiatrically debilitating hormone condition that is exacerbated by age and improper medications. With that diagnosis (in addition to the ADHD and PTSD I’ve been aware of for most of my life) I finally was able to get off the wrong meds and onto the right ones. That helped me shift from living from crisis to crisis, to having the stability necessary to do deep trauma healing work using IFS therapy.
Everyone’s lived experience, and the impact it has on each of us psychologically, is so vastly unique. That’s why so often, we’re told that the first step to feeling better, in big or small ways, is to talk to someone.
I took the step to reach out when I was struggling and now I invite you to do the same. Share what you are struggling with by tagging @heartsupport and their community will encourage you.
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