A Year Long Challenge – We originally asked seven people who manage a mental health issue to take a photo each week, about something they are grateful for. Being In Gratitude starts to change how we perceive things – read our Original Blog here. We now have four photographers left finishing off this challenge…
I AM SUNDAY SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
I am a kiwi anglophile, an animal lover and I suffer from a severe form of PMS called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which usually causes me to battle irrational, obsessive thoughts and depressive moods for two weeks out of every month. My GP prescribed prozac, but I would rather handle it naturally and by doing things like this. I have done a similar thing with Georgie a few years back, and it was a life saver. I was dealing with an unexpected divorce, which caused home and job loss. Here I am again, this time taking a photo each week on a Sunday for the year ahead…enjoy! .
I AM SUNDAY NORTHERN HEMISPHERE
I am I am a 60 year old married man with 4 grown children. I served for 31 years in the military and was first diagnosed with depression in about 2002 with 4 years left to serve. If my illness had been diagnosed years earlier and I’d had treatment then, my kids might have grown up stronger and not suffered quite so badly with their own mental health issues in adult life. Then again, if I hadn’t grown up in a dysfunctional family environment with both parents being alcoholics, I might have known what ‘normal’ was and been stronger myself. I do still suffer bouts of depression and anxiety and I suspect I always will. The anxiety is fairly new to me; I have a number of physical health issues and I think they have made me feel more vulnerable, so maybe that’s normal as you get older. I have never really got on with years of CBT, perhaps I just wasn’t ready to get better. The counselling from Georgie and introduction to Transactional Analysis has been enlightening, sometimes emotional and a little scary, but definitely helpful. After three weeks of trying to get going, I finally accept the challenge and join you in June. In Gratitude Sunday Blog.
I AM SATURDAY SOUTH
I am 18 years old and I feel about 40. I have had a very difficult time with my mum’s ongoing struggle with mental illness and severe alcoholism. Living at home with her hasn’t been safe for me for many years. Recently I came back to find her unconscious and called an ambulance. I was in A&E as I watched her die. Staff restarted her heart and she went into a coma for a couple of days. She then walked out and continued her drinking and has some brain damage. I am on antidepressants, I work with a counsellor and have joined a Support Group for Children of Alcoholics. I am slowly trying to put my life back together as I realise its time for me to get back my inner fire and start living my life. I think finding something I am grateful for each week will be really helpful for me this year.
I AM TUESDAY
I am a father, a husband and cat owner. I am working with severe anxiety, panic, depression caused by childhood-onset C-PTSD on a daily basis. Jungian therapy and EMDR helps me understand where it all comes from and how to manage it so I can hold down a full time job and relationships with others. My family and friends in my life now are very supportive in understanding what I need to enable me to manage my mental well-being. One such strategy is engaging in something like this, challenge accepted.
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