Depression Changed My Life and Health
The summer after high school were wrought with bad choices. I moved out of my parents for a short period of time. However, the conditions were less than ideal.
I returned home in time to attend college, as we’d planned. I was so excited to have my freedom, but being three hours away from everyone I knew and loved was too much.
Instead of seeking out a school counselor, physical issues began to crop up. Migraine headaches became more common. One day I was so lonely and overwhelmed, that my headache got out of hand.
I took a number of Tylenol thinking that would “help my headache”. I knew I was taking more than I should and crying out for help, but couldn’t admit that feeling to even myself.
My actions caused me to be hospitalized.
I was now seeing a counselor under a doctor’s order. The counselor prescribed Lithium, but there were more negative side effects. I gained eighty pounds in the next six months.
If you’ve read my blogs on weight loss, you know this battle with my weight has remained a constant in my life since then.
The weight also took a toll on my mental health as I struggled with issues of self-confidence and self-esteem.
My depression had taken a serious toll on both my life and my health.
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