Two years ago—at my lowest point—I was struggling with maintaining friendships, I was allowing my job to take advantage of me and I wasn’t caring for myself physically or mentally.
Sometimes, I would lie in bed all day and skip my college classes because I felt that my life had no meaning. To cope, I was eating and sleeping a lot and seeking emotional reassurance from my significant other. I had reached such a low that I was turning into someone miserable to be around.
That’s when I decided to take action and get help for my depression and anxiety at Travco Behavioral Health. Dr. Yendrek and my counselor, Meredith Bailey, are both very caring and have made me feel important and validated.
I never thought that my willingness to be open and honest during my treatment could have such an important impact on the anxiety and depression I dealt with everyday. I feel comfortable at Travco because of the compassion, trustworthiness and competency of the staff and the business overall.
As I’ve worked on my depression and anxiety, I’ve learned that it’s okay to ask for help, that it’s okay to be upset and to end toxic relationships. I’ve been able to challenge myself to move beyond my comfort zone and I’ve developed a better sense of self-worth.
For others living with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, know that seeking help for mental health concerns doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means the opposite…that you are brave enough to take steps toward improving your life.
Today, my life is good. I’ve earned a college degree in social work and I have a fulfilling job. My significant other and I are planning to buy our first home. I have friends and a healthy support system. I am so excited to take the negative experiences that have shaped me and turn them into something that can potentially help others who may be dealing with similar experiences.
Author: Carrie* is a Travco Behavioral Health client whose name and identifying details have been changed to protect her anonymity.