Peeping through the Keyhole
Today’s guest post is by Adam Hughes who gives a brief insight and advice to those living or supporting someone with anxiety and depression.
About the Author
Hi, I am Adam I am 24 years old living in London. I love reading, Audio books, writing and going on long walks. To find out more about Adam click here
What are the main symptoms you suffer from?
Lack on concentration
How was your journey to diagnosis of depression?
It took years to be able to speak to a doctor and when I did it felt a lot better, like I wasn’t battling on my own anymore.
What 5 things you have learnt about Depression and Anxiety since being diagnosed?
I am not alone
It can take over many aspects of life
It can affect others as well as yourself
Love is always a great component of healing
Strength can be found in the smallest things
In what way has the NHS supported you?
Giving me a ear to listen to my troubles through counselling
What do you find is the most challenging part about your mental health?
I find building up a happy lifestyle and keeping up with others difficult.
What emotional support do you have for your mental health?
I have many wonderful and kind friends who are always supportive
What are 3 ways you manage your mental health on a day-to day basis?
Relax remedy spray
What advice would you give to someone newly diagnosed with Depression or Anxiety?
Keep on fighting even if it feels like everything is ending
Has any perceptions changed since you’ve been diagnosed with Depression and anxiety?
I have found society perceptions on mental health has improved by being challenged.
Have you gain any new hobbies since been diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety?
A love of writing again
How has depression changed your life?
My illness took some of the most important things from me last year (2017) and it almost ruined my entire life
What information do you wish you was given when you was initially diagnosed? Counselling leaflets and advice
What do you do for a living?
What are your future plans in the next year?
Building up a successful teaching career