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Arlene: Triumph From Depression and Anxiety

I’m currently transitioning myself from living with a parent to obtaining my own apartment though. A little stressful but I am going to try and worry too much.

How did it all start? When did you first start experiencing symptoms or using?

While my childhood was for the most part fine, it was not until I entered middle school when the real trauma began. Aside from the bullying I endured (which included a homeroom teacher), trouble in my family escalated. This led me down to a deep depression; my anxiety spun out of control. They both lasted for years, throughout my high school career up until my start at college. Even now I still feel the effects and I was 13 when it began.

What kind of help did you get at first? Did it work?

I always received help since I can remember, mostly due to my Asperger’s. In regard to my depression and anxiety, I primarily saw the school social worker. For middle school it did no help at all (it actually caused more problems). High school was different though. She was very helpful.

Were there any turning points where things really started to change for the better?

In regard to a turning point in my life, I would have to say they all happened during my time so far at college because since 8th grade, I have always thought things would get better once I get into college. For example, during my first semester at my local community college in 2012 I was accepted for a job at the admissions office and still work there, lost 21 pounds, made close friendships and more.

What’s your life like now? What have you been able to accomplish, and what are you working towards?

Overall I would say my life at this moment is going well. I’m currently transitioning myself from living with a parent to obtaining my own apartment though. A little stressful but I am going to try and worry too much.

What would you say to people who are having a tough time? What’s helped you that you wish you had known earlier?

I am aware how being in a tough time makes you believe nothing will get better. It does, however, the person who is having a tough time needs to take some initiative to help them move in the right direction such as seeking a school counselor.