Emilys Mental Health Journey

Below is Emily’s story! 

I was diagnosed with depression when I was only 11 years old and I have struggled with it for these last 10 years.

Over the last 10 years my anxiety and depression has taken over my life a good few times. I have had to quit jobs due to having anxiety attacks, I’ve lost people who have meant a lot to me because they couldn’t deal with my mental breakdowns.

However things have been made so much worse by developing very bad back problems (Spondylolisthesis is its fancy name). I also developed circumstantial depression, which is way worse than anything I had experienced over the other 8 years I have been fighting this.

My life has been turned upside down the last 2 years, I’ve been incredibly suicidal, I’ve stayed in bed for days on end and the thing I find the most sad is that I’ve pushed some very important family and friends away. But luckily I have been blessed with the most supportive family.

My mum loves me completely unconditionally and she’s never given up on me, even when I gave up on myself. And most recently I have wanted to give up because the pain I am in has been just too bad. But she reminded me that this isn’t the end of my story. She reminded me that I have so much more I give is this world and that I have people around me that love me no matter what.

So I owe my life to my mum. She helped me see that I have more story to live and write.

Thank you for reading.

Emily Sykes xx

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