Growing up, I always thought of myself as living with “just” anxiety or “just” depression. However, a few weeks of being isolated in quarantine due to COVID and one trip to my doctor’s office in the middle of May made me start thinking differently.
On Swey’s 15th birthday, her father came home angry. She wasn’t sure why, but he started punching her, kicking her, and even tried to stab her. When it was all over, her mother told her to tell the doctors that she fell down the steps. Nothing has been the same since.
Kara thought that losing weight would bring her happiness. However, as she began to work out more, she spent less time with her friends and family. She was obsessing over calories and the number on the scale. This caused her to lose her enjoyment of food as well as her general love of life.
In highschool, Hung was diagnosed with depression and anxiety but he was able to manage it. However, in college, a bad relationship and the stress of classes and a job elevated his depression and anxiety. Through counseling, working out, meditating, and self-help books he was able to find relief again.
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