Depression is not a condition that selects who it will afflict based on age, race, or sex, it can affect anyone. In this episode, Carly recounts how she first started suffering from depression and anxiety at age 12, and the steps that she took to get treatment. You will not want to miss this powerful story.
Carly: Hi, my name is Carly, I'm 32 years old, and I stem from Washington State. I realized that I was suffering from depression and anxiety when I was about 12 years old. My father's actually bi-polar, so i was really anxious and I felt really shy in social situations when I probably shouldn't have. You know, I felt like I just couldn't express what I was feeling, I couldn't get out the intensity that I had inside. So, the worst part I think about my depression or anxiety I think is, it makes me anti-social, it pulls me away from other people, and the reason that this bothers me so much is because I love other people and it's really important for me to be around people. Eventually, it got really really bad, and I had to go to Bellevue Hospital and check myself in. I started on medication, and I also got a psychiatrist at that point, and started doing talk therapy which became really helpful. Another thing that worked for me, exercise works really well for me. Also, figuring out who I am, as far as work, and career-wise for some reason that was really helpful. Anything that really helps you to realize why you are on this Earth really helps with depression and anxiety. If I could give anybody advice, I would just say don't give up. I think that's the most important thing, life is sort of a roller coaster and you need to try different things. You need to speak to people, you need to open yourself up, and definitely not hide away with it, because it only gets worse that way. You need to be willing to try just about everything I think.
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