My Story: Alek Clubb

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

I've had depression since I was in high school, and maybe even earlier. It wasn't until I graduated and was participating in a service mission for my church in a foreign country that my symptoms started to accelerate and expand. I started to hurt myself, and those around me recognized that I needed to speak with a doctor who then referred me to a psychologist. I was sent home and upon arriving I learned more about my condition and was then diagnosed.

 

My Story: Alek Clubb

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

I've had to consistently take medication as well as take time to speak to a therapist since my diagnosis. I've had to recognize my limits and the things that trigger my depression and anxiety. I consciously fight to control it or change my behavior, through exercise or food, for example.

 

Who has been there for you? How?

My family has been a huge source of support, even if they do not fully understand depression. My mom, who has also been diagnosed with depression, has helped me so much.

I've had to recognize my limits and the things that trigger my depression and anxiety.

My family has been a huge source of support, even if they do not fully understand depression.

My family has been a huge source of support, even if they do not fully understand depression.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

  • I assist in coaching high school soccer.
  • I've created a blog - optimismindepression.blogspot.com – through which I'm striving to reach out to others with depression and let them know they aren't alone while sharing some of the things that have helped me.
  • I'm an Eagle Scout.
  • I was a summer camp counselor and was able to share my experiences with the youth there.

You are never alone. There is so much good in the world to be experienced.

What's your advice to someone else living with Depression?

You are never alone. There is so much good in the world to be experienced and you are worth all of the good that this world has to offer. Never give up and turn to those around you for support, particularly specialists and those who understand what you're going through.

About Alek Clubb

My Story: Alek Clubb
I am currently a college student and high school assistant soccer coach.

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