Katherine believed that her normal adult life is over, but she made a comeback.
Depression is a serious mental disorder and millions of people suffering from it. It can be very dangerous if someone can’t take effective steps to overcome it. Even, some people believe it’s quite impossible to get back to normal life from depression. Though it is not true. It’s tough but by strong willpower and commitment, anyone can overcome depression. We can see there are lots of people who get recovered from depression with proper guide and therapy.
We can learn from the following story, how Katherine recover from depression.
Katherine’s story – recovering from depression
Katherine lives in Los Angeles, CA. Having achieved two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in Public Health, Katherine thought she had the world by the tail. Although she had experienced dark feelings and insecurities before, she never would have believed they would lead to a full-blown depression. But by the time Katherine was 28, her depression had impacted her life in a major way. She had been hospitalised numerous times, lost her apartment, job and benefits, ultimately forcing her to file for bankruptcy and move in with her parents.
“I truly believed that any hope of having any semblance of a normal adult life was over and I would forever remain an adult-child dreaming of the life that could have been.”
But at a hospital Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) day-program Katherine attended, life began to turn around. Through the program’s individual and group therapy (most helpful for people who have difficulty managing their emotions), Katherine learned new skills to manage and cope with her emotions and tolerate emotional distress. Eight years after her life fell apart, Katherine re-entered the job market and her life a took a giant leap forward.
In Katherine’s words, “recovery is possible for almost everyone because it is defined by the person doing it. There is no right or wrong way to recover – rather it is about living a life that has ups and downs, successes and failures, dreams and hopes – one that is fulfilling. It is about building or rebuilding a life in spite of being diagnosed with a mental illness. I never thought that I would be able to take the most disenfranchising event in my life, being diagnosed as seriously mental ill, and turn it into one of the most empowering.”