I would like to start by saying that I’m a 35 year old man with a wife and 2 kids and that I suffered with depression in my late teens/early twenties but after going through some pretty traumatic episodes and using anti-depressants thought that I had it beat and hadn’t had a reoccurrence in a meaningful way for quite some time.
This was up until about a year ago after I lost my father to a stroke and then shortly after my father in law to cancer.
I did what I think most men in this day and age are guilty of and hid my feeling from everyone around me.
I am pretty level headed and thought that I could control what I was going through by reading into it, exercising and generally distracting myself, which worked for a short time but then I started to suffer panic attacks.
These seemed to zap the last bit of strength I had left and I began to drink more often than normal to cope which in turn ended up with me drinking more often than not.
After things I thought had finally come to a head I went to see the GP, got put on anti-depressants/anxiety medication and once again got on with it. This again worked for a while until the fact that I was hiding what I was feeling and really wasn’t coping at all well (although from the outside this was not particularly noticeable) meant that I went into full melt down.
I had to take time off of work (something that I have never done) and couldn’t leave the house in any form for at least a week (I was a mess).
I spoke to the GP over the phone, upped the meds and started to look for some help.
Cary’s was recommend to me through a friend and I thought ‘why not’ I was happy to try anything at that point and acupuncture seemed worth a try, little did I know that Cary’s is far much more than an acupuncturist.
From the get go (literally the first message) she was so reassuring and positive that it gave me hope.
Cary’s is gifted in the way she can sense what you need to talk about, how to approach it and really make you feel that there is a way to change not only the initial situation you are in but also you as a person so that you don’t just get better but become better than you have ever been before.
She carried out home visits because I was struggling to leave the house, spent time speaking to me about the situation I was with in without judgment, guided me towards some very important realisations and gave me tools to cope when things got tough, and this was all before any acupuncture.
The acupuncture itself has been surreal, I wasn’t really expecting to ‘feel’ that much but in fact each treatment has been completely different and I always come away feeling amazing.
I wish I Cary’s had treated me in my late teens because I honestly don’t think I would have had to go through what I have just gone through. It is a couple of months down the line now and I am the best I have ever been, I am coping well, my relationships are in great shape and I am very positive about the future.
She has given me tools that relate to all aspects of life not just the situation I found myself in and I cannot thank her enough.
If you are dealing with anxiety, depression or anything else I cannot urge you enough to get in contact with her, it will help.