Anxiety, Depression and Self-Harm Recovery

Anxiety, Depression and Self-Harm Recovery - Success Stories

Before coming to Alternative to Meds Center, I was lost beyond the brink of depression, anxiety and pure misery.

Sep 24, 2016

Before coming to Alternative to Meds Center, I was lost beyond the brink of depression, anxiety and pure misery. I spent my days wallowing in my sorrows, lying in bed hours on end, eating myself to death and cutting my arms until they could bleed no more. I have the scars to prove it. I viewed myself as nothing more than a diagnosis, a word randomly picked out of a psychiatrist’s dictionary.

In my mind I was “sick”, I was “disabled”. I was the living, breathing form of the word depression. During my time here, I have learned that I can choose to not let my diagnoses define who I am. I can choose to be who I was truly meant to be and that person doesn’t have to include being permanently sick or depressed. I have learned that I am capable and I am worthwhile and no labels can stop me from living the life I want.

I have faced my bulimia, I have stared the enemy directly in the eye. I have also faced the harsh reality of the core reasons why I don’t love myself and that has not been easy. But I am all the more strong because of it.

Yes, it is true that there is a lot of darkness that exists in this journey we call life. But one of the greatest gifts I have learned to appreciate about myself is that I have the courage to see the light within.

The following is a poem I wrote about how I am like a phoenix, rising from the ashes, starting anew and seeing the beauty within my soul.

Sunflower Soul – 8/30/16

The darkness may seem too

great to overcome,

However it is in our weakest

moments we learn to

laugh and we learn to love.

A girl once lost in the vast

and raging sea

is born from the fire like

a phoenix and grows upward

into the unknown as a

sapling becomes a powerful tree.

Forgetting the scars and tattooing love,

sometimes shedding tears

of inner-peace proves to be enough

Just remember that your spirit

is a master of resilience

and your expanded soul is

glimmering with its unique brilliance.

A sunflower tilts its petals to the light

and so does the human soul and through

perseverance it becomes bright.

If it were an easier task

to turn your face to the sun,

It wouldn’t be half as special

a gift when it was done.

Thus be like a sunflower

and let your yellow joy be

spread, your seeds blow in the wind

and let yourself be free.

Nicole F.

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