This is Natasha's story about her journey with mental health.
This is Natasha ⭐️ She is 23 and she is currently doing her Honours in Physiotherapy, while working part time. Natasha first started experiencing mental health concerns when she was 17. She had enrolled into uni and began her degree, when she started becoming extremely anxious and obsessive over studies. Natasha struggled to find a healthy study routine and constantly felt inadequate, being surrounded by people who seemed to be smarter than her in an OP 1 course. Natasha’s study routine quickly became unhealthy and she would study until 12am and wake again at 4am to continue. She stopped doing all of the things she enjoyed and this took a huge toll on her mental health. Her GP at the time diagnosed her with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and after dropping back to part time study, Natasha began experiencing feelings of hopelessness and depression. She lost motivation for most things, questioned all of her decisions and for 4 months, getting out of bed was a huge challenge. She would sleep most of the day, cry regularly and she began experiencing suicidal thoughts. At this point, her partner encouraged her to see someone at Headspace. Natasha struggled to tell her family and to find a medication that worked for her, trying over 5 different types. She is still working to find a form of treatment that works for her. Natasha also struggled finding a psychologist and psychiatrist that she clicked with and only found therapy helpful after several different therapeutic approaches. Natasha currently has good and bad days and she has learnt not to be scared of sadness. Here are her favourite self care activities: - Playing with dogs at the dog park 🐶 - Watching Netflix 📺 - Catching up with friends 👭 - Yoga & Pilates 🧘♂️ - Walking & running 🏃🏼♀️ - Talking to her family 👨👨👧👦 Natasha’s advice to anyone going through something similar is DO NOT GIVE UP. It took 2 years for her to notice any progress with her mental health, the journey takes time. Don’t be afraid to get help, there is no shame in seeking professional help, it shows bravery. 💓 What an incredible story, thank you so much for sharing it with me Natasha, you are in inspiration to me 😊