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2014 began a dark trip for me.  I limped around until 2015 when I went to the doctor, because I was not feeling good. In my frustration I mentioned to the doctor I was just at a point where I did not care anymore. The doctor told me that he wanted to put me on a small dose of medication due to his diagnosis of depression. I just said “ok” and went on about my daily life and work schedule. 2015, crash. What now? I was diagnosed with Diabetic Neuropathy in both feet and my leg. I tried to ignore everything and keep pushing forward. The darkness was suffocating me. No, but I kept pushing on.

Then, during the summer of 2015 I was at home during summer break, because the Plumber was there. I just felt this overwhelming feeling to cry. Cry for what? I’m a man and I didn’t need to cry.  I couldn’t hold it in anymore. I began crying and I couldn’t stop it. I didn’t want the Plumber to hear me. I called my wife at work and said I have no idea what’s going on, but I needed her home right away.

 

While at work one day, I did something wrong and attempted to fix it. Talked to my boss about how I was going to do so. A two-ton hammer came down on me, and I just lost it.  I was having a breakdown. I called my wife and to the ER we went. Down the drain I went, and the darkness swallowed me whole.

Today, I work with some amazing people that have helped me!  I’m now a happy and well person that never want anyone else to go through what I went through. Get help, because there is a lot of help out there. Men don’t let the darkness swallow you like it did me during those long, dark, and ugly years. The best thing you can do for you, your family, and friends is to seek out good, caring, kind, understanding, and loving people that will help you find that light at the end of the tunnel.

 

You can smile again, be  healthy again, and you again!

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Despite facing challenging times as a mental health patient, I have achieved remarkable success. I am a 54 year-old male, married happily with two adult children.  Through dedication and resilience, I have developed effective coping strategies and a strong support network. With therapy and self-care, I have learned to manage my symptoms and regain control of my life. I've accomplished personal goals, both big and small, proving that mental health struggles don't define me. By advocating for myself, I have gained a deeper understanding of my needs and have become an inspiration for others facing similar battles. I've pursued education and career ambitions, proving that mental health recovery is compatible with success. By sharing my story, I am helping reduce the stigma and raise awareness, creating a more empathetic society that will be brain health friendly. I cannot hide my brain health.  I want to educate and learn more about it.  Every step forward has highlighted my strength and determination, demonstrating that with the right tools and mindset and the right supportive network, I can overcome anything that comes my way.

My journey of overcoming bipolar disorder has been a proof to the strength of the human spirit. There were times when the darkness of depression and the whirlwind of mania felt overwhelming to me, but with the great support of my loved ones and the guidance of skilled professionals at Center Associates, I've emerged stronger than I ever thought possible. Finding the right medication was a crucial turning point, providing the stability I needed to engage fully in my recovery. I was fearful of medication but finding the right one was important. Therapy equipped me with coping strategies, helping me navigate through the highs and lows. Recognizing my triggers and early warning signs became a skill that permitted me to take charge of my mental and emotional health. Building a healthy support system played an integral role in my healing journey. The understanding and encouragement from friends and family, along with connecting with peers who shared similar experiences, were instrumental in my progress.  I've embraced a holistic approach to wellness from illness, prioritizing regular exercise, a balanced diet, and mindfulness practices. This has not only helped manage my symptoms but also cultivated a sense of overall well-being. My story stands as a beacon of hope for others facing similar challenges. Hope is not cancelled was something I held onto.  With the right tools, support, and a resilient spirit, it's possible to overcome the obstacles posed by bipolar disorder and live a fulfilling life.

I’m 35 years with two daughters ages 14 and 15. I’ve been in a major accident and almost died at age 17. I have struggled with depression and anxiety most of my life. I started using alcohol to help me cope at a young age. I was in a very toxic, abusive relationship for 14 years. I was emotionally, physically, verbally and sexually abused. During this time my battle with depression and anxiety became worse. February 2019 I was freed from my abuser and I was so lost and broken. I could not fight the battle anymore. I started to drink more to numb the pain. In April 2019, I wanted to end my life but instead put myself into treatment for alcohol. Sobriety helped my anxiety but my depression was still there. I did not know how to cope or stop triggers or the negative thoughts. I had no self-confidence. I did not love myself. I thought negative thoughts about myself. I’ve been open on social media sharing my story. I have helped many find recovery and the strength to leave toxic relationships. In August 2022 after major foot surgery, I had fallen back into my depression. I had planned to take my own life. I then reached out to Center Associates. I started doing EMDR therapy. This therapy has provided me and taught me so many tools to use each day. I have worked hard and had taken much time to have a healthy mental state.  The tools have taught me to set healthy boundaries and no longer live with chaotic stress. I have healed pains from the past and work through my triggers. I have strengthened my self-confidence and I know how to cope in stressful situations. I no longer let my emotions control me. I know how to cope with my symptoms and faithfully take my medications and have my therapy sessions. I have learned to build healthy relationships. I feel stronger each day with every challenge I face. I’m no longer a slave to fear. I am a professional. I am a better version of myself each day. I love myself and no longer have negative thoughts. I know my worth. I know I am loved. I know I matter and I live a life with peace joy and positivity because of the tools I have learned. I am well. I am no longer sick. Thank you so much Center Associates for giving my life back.

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