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Recovery is possible when people seek help

by ahnationtalk on July 19, 201865 Views

Recovery is possible when people seek help

A few short years ago, some people may have said I “had it all.” I was a partner in an investment firm. A family man who spent weekends at the cottage. An avid cyclist and skier.

But I was also secretly struggling, sick with a depression so severe that it eventually grew into psychosis. The mental pain of this depression was unbearable. This is such a dangerous illness that can be life threatening – and I knew where it could lead. I thought my life was over.

And still I tried to keep my illness hidden and hoped no one would notice. I was terrified that if people found I was getting sick that I would lose my job and my family, and everything that went with them. I got sicker and sicker until it was almost too late.

If this had been a physical illness I would have gotten treatment quicker because I wouldn’t have feared people finding out. With physical ailments we don’t tend to blame ourselves

Charlie Cummings, who has recovered from depression and psychosis

Everything changed when I visited CAMH’s Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department. There, my illness was diagnosed for the first time and I started treatment immediately, as an inpatient for just over two months. Finally, after a full year in remission, I took part in a relapse prevention course at CAMH once a week for eight weeks to help me remember everything I was supposed to do to keep from slipping back into “the big deep.”

I worked so hard to get better. As I recovered, I learned to watch for signs so my illness didn’t return.

Today, I have my life back. I’ve returned to work and have fallen in love again with being active. I cycle and ski again, and have joined a tennis club with my wife. The experience has taught me so much – about myself, about stigma and about recovery.

We often don’t know how supportive our friends are going to be; it’s one of the ironies of the disease. My work was amazing, encouraging me to take as long as I needed. “This is way more important than anything else,” they told me.

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