I have three pieces of advice: First and foremost, have hope!
Although there are currently no cures, there are many effective strategies for managing mental health conditions and addiction. Second, practice good self-care: Avoid the loneliness and isolation which Mother Teresa called the “leprosy of the modern age.” Assemble a “SEAL” team, an acronym for a Supportive, Energizing and Loving group that has your back. A protocol of 150 minutes per week of physical activity has been shown to be as effective as medications.
I go to church and prayer group, AA meetings (I am now six years sober), take long bike rides, and play a lot of tennis.
I am extraordinarily close with my family, and with my wonderful new wife. Friends, mentors, and my TSN comrades have been very supportive.
A year later, as a result of hard work and multiple therapies, he fought his way back into the light of day.
Today, Cam feels “better than ever,” and continues to work as a successful mediator and lawyer.
Electro-convulsive therapy and anti-depressants were also therapeutic, coupled with getting back on the bike and the tennis court.
They are health conditions, not some failure of will or character defect.I also make presentations about my journey through mental illness and substance abuse.When I wear my heart on my sleeve, the vast majority of folks share a mental health challenge that they or a loved one/friend is enduring.He also speaks out publicly about his own story of resilient recovery and hope, and as part of the battle against the social prejudice that surrounds mental health conditions. Major depression, alcoholism, and anxiety disorder run in my family.My father and his brother lost their lives to suicide.