I have struggled ever since my early teens with manic depression, only now at 27 do I find myself delving into the loaded questions of 'How did I get here?' and 'Will I have to battle this for the rest of my life?' Do many of you have these questions during lower points too? How have you found it?
I am grateful that the nation has begun to more openly discuss the mental health crisis, yet I can't help but still wonder whether 'outsiders' perspectives (those close to us or friends with lack of experience etc) on it are changing.
I've been a filmmaker for five years now, but since having a particularly low episode at the start of this year, I've taken a step back to evaluate whats important to me. In doing this I've realised more and more that I'd like to help others who also find it difficult to talk about their depression.
I want to ask if there are both new and long term sufferers of anxiety and depression out there who'd like to tell even a bit of your story, and hope to enlighten others on what living with a diagnoses is like.
Perhaps you've receieved alternative therapies or experienced private health care vs the NHS, or maybe you're unsure of what the next step is from anti depressants?
This topic would be the first that I've documented that is so personal to me, so I value your privacy and understand many of you may not want this. I just thought I'd make a post and see what sort of feedback I get.
Hope you'd like to help me,