Depression from Divorce - Anne's Story
Divorce can be hard not only on the parties who are ending their relationship, but the children who in most cases are losing a parent, and will then be raised by a single parent. Meet Anne, whose parents divorced when she was young, and this led her to a downward spiral of depression and generalized anxiety disorder; this is her story.
"Depression From Divorce"
"My name is Anne. I'm 26 years old and I live in New York City. My parents first separated when I was 4 years old and officially divorced when I was 10. So... and it was because of infidelity. My dad had many other women in his life besides my mother. I was very susceptible to depression growing up with a mother that was depressed due to the divorce. That just carried over and brought a lot of insecurities to my current relationships. I did seek out help for my depression and was actually diagnosed with general anxiety disorder that time in my life. I was treated with medication, which really helped me a lot with psychotherapy, which I think definitely go hand in hand. You just can't be on meds and not be getting therapy. I think you really need to have both, and that's what helped for me, and it really bridged me to another point in my life where I felt comfortable and OK, and comfortable to go off the medication. Its not a weakness, or something you should be feel bad or embarrassed about. You have to talk to someone about what you're going through and even be on medication. I've become a very avid runner. Totally keeps me balanced. As well as yoga too. That really helps me too. So once you get through that period, there are other ways you can learn to deal with life's hardships. I would say on a broad spectrum, my parents divorce, growing up with a single mom and with going through periods of depression in my life. I think you're at a really low point, but you can learn a lot from that experience, and open you up to change and see a different perspective on life, and really promote a lot of growth in your life as a person. I mean, experiences are kind of what shape who we are, and may they be negative or positive, I do think we take a lot away from all of them."