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Marta Soltys

My Story: Marta Soltys

It took me a long time to admit I was depressed. I was born in Europe — Poland to be precise — and I had one of the happiest childhoods imaginable. When you are happy you do not often see danger. My mother and I moved to Canada when I was 12. She loved my father very much; the thing was my father had traveled all of his life to make money and left my mother to do all of the ordinary things that life…

40 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on September 27, 2016
My Story: Lorraine Bryce

My Story: Lorraine Bryce

It was a caring, father-like boss who sat me down in 1995 and said that he and other people had become concerned about me. He said he didn’t know what was going on but that I needed to get help… or maybe lose my job. That was the start of a journey of peaks and valleys, sharp curves, tears and, most importantly, learning! I am not sure when I was specifically diagnosed. Most professionals suspect that I have been depressed most of my life, but…

90 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 17, 2015
Natasha Devine

My Story: Natasha Devine

I grew up in a family that moved around a lot, my stepdad was in the Army so we were moving every few years. In my early years I was too young to really notice or be affected that much but after spending many of my developmental years in Alberta, a big move back to Ontario felt devastating. This combined with the years following puberty made for a very moody teenager. My family has a history of depression and mental illness, so thankfully my parents…

50 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 28, 2015
My Story: Susan

My Story: Susan

I had a rough childhood and when I was in my early teens I felt like something was not right with me. My mother kicked me out of the house at 16. I got pregnant later that year and experienced an awful feeling inside – depressed and wanting to cry one minute and then feeling out of control and angry the next. I found out I was pregnant and felt like that was what was making me feel this way. I made a decision, which…

96 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on May 26, 2015
My Story: Valerie

My Story: Valerie

I have always known that I had some sort of mood disorder. Even before the age of 10, I was wondering why I existed and why I was put on this earth. I had my first suicidal thought at the age of 11. I suffered a lot of emotional abuse growing up; my sister was verbally abusive and girls in high school made fun of me. Being bullied definitely left a scar. I have stayed strong and silent for so many years, but recently I…

251 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on March 17, 2015
My Story: Robyn

My Story: Robyn

I've been repeatedly diagnosed with depression since I was 13. I am now 29. I don't really remember the initial steps. I experienced a lot of grief as a child and when my mother remarried, my stepfather forced me into therapy and taking Paxil. I think I did have troubles, but I didn't need medication. I know there were a lot of circumstantial reasons that brought on my depression, yet I think making me take Paxil catapulted me into a lifetime struggle.

141 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 26, 2015
My Story: Ryan Heard

My Story: Ryan Heard

I was diagnosed with situational depression and ADD, it was determined that a chemical imbalance in my body was causing my depression. I have to always keep trying, and making adjustments. I’m a 29-year-old male and have been working in IT for the past decade and if I miss treatment it's like living a nightmare daily, with the doubts and cloud. Keep calm and carry on. That is literally the best thing you can do. Each day will bring something – it's about how you…

126 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 21, 2015
My Story: Brynna Tace

My Story: Brynna Tace

I wrote this to mark one year of not self-harming. For me, dealing with this was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But I did it. I beat the cycle. It was hard, I had my moments of insanity because I was fighting the urge, but I did it. I beat the addiction. I got on top and I'm staying here. I share this not as an attention seeker, but as a victorious person and one who wants to share that victory…

181 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 12, 2015
My Story: Brian Howland

My Story: Brian Howland

I've had depression my entire life, All through high school and college I dealt with depression, but didn’t know I had it. Never give up even though you think you can't go on. Go ask for help and if that person cannot help you ask someone else. My counselor, meditation, renewed faith, and my wife have me on the right journey of life now.

126 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 6, 2015
My Story: Arthur Bulsing

My Story: Arthur Bulsing

I struggled to get a grip on life. Getting the flu doesn't make you a lesser person, and depression is no different.Every day now I drink my awesome coffee which helps me get through my day, I remind myself regularly that the world is a better place with me in it and that no one hates me, they just don't understand where I’ve been or what I’ve been through.

61 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on December 29, 2014