No journey worth taking is smooth and straightforward.

Unfortunately mental health conditions are not straightforward, they don’t come with an obvious path to recovery. The path can be very bumpy, hard to navigate, unstable and you can often feel like you have made a wrong turn and are heading backwards.

At times you may not be able to see ahead, it can look bleak and impossible. You can be surrounded by darkness and it feels insurmountable. You may feel alone, lost, clueless, hopeless and desperate. Each footstep feels impossible and you don’t want to keep stepping forward in to the darkness, after all who knows what will be ahead.

I have been at that point, I have been stood on the path battling feelings of hopelessness and wanting to give up. I had my own personal reasons for continuing along, for not giving up and giving in to the anxiety. I navigated the challenges and now I have made it to some firmer ground feeling a bit more secure.

But I don’t want to take it for granted, I don’t know what the rest of the path looks like. It could be a perfectly paved yellow brick road but it could just as easily be a thin dirt track up a mountain with falling rock. But I will share my journey with you and the reality most likely will be that it will be a combination of both. But sharing will help me to navigate, and it is my hope that I can provide some reassurance and comfort to anyone else who may find themselves along a path they don’t know how to navigate.

Feel free to comment or message with your own experiences or to reach out in times of need. I can’t provide medical or psychological advice but I can offer a kind ear and some of my own experiences.

Thank you for joining me.

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