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Living with depression

Depression came on slowly for Mark. He had difficulty sleeping, a loss of appetite resulting in unintentional weight loss, and he struggled to think clearly. He lost interest in things that once brought him pleasure and began to feel hints of paranoia. Today, with time and treatment, he has healed. He’s found happiness and love again. Things that used to bother him “are not a big deal any more.” And his struggle has given him newfound strength and the courage to start an online business focused on helping people gain access to therapy.

Mark’s Story

What was your most difficult time?

My wife of 25 years had just filed for divorce. At the same time, I was diagnosed with hemochromatosis, low testosterone levels and depression at the same time. I lost all sense of hope and optimism.

What helped you get well and move to stability?

I finally went to a psychiatrist and was put on a high dose of Zoloft and also Ambien to start sleeping better. Once I started to sleep better, my appetite came back and I started to enjoy life more.

I took up walking and began taking yoga classes for the mediation aspect. It was very helpful mentally and I received the side benefit of improved physical health as well.

The spiritual part of my life was also very helpful in getting through the rough times.

How do you manage your condition and stay healthy?

I still do yoga three times a week for a one-hour session. I briskly walk 30 minutes, five times per week. I took a nutritional class, practice a healthier diet and I’ve given up caffeine drinks. And I try to have a more balanced life between work and play.

What words of encouragement would you give to someone struggling with a condition similar to yours?

Don’t wait. Go get therapy as soon as possible. You can make life better by getting treatment and learning how to cope with your mental health issues. It is possible to live a healthier and happier life.

If you could go back and do something over, what would it be?

I would have gotten therapy sooner. However long you are depressed, it takes just as long to get out of it. So the sooner you start getting help the sooner you can climb out of depression and get on with the good parts of life.