Hi..my name is Ivonne and I am 19years old. Since I was little I had pushed myself hard to be good in everything I do, I was a gymnast during my childhood (3-9 years)and now a days I do track and field, I've been on it since I was 10. About six months ago I was talking to my mother about how I felt, I cried a lot, and this was no new scene for her, since she has always been there supporting me, so she has always seen me stressed out. But I guess she had had enough of it and concerned for me, she took me to a friend who's a neurosurgeon for some advice, she thought that it wasn't normal seeing me sad and not being able to control my feelings frequently. This doctor gave us the number of a psychiatrist for me to see, telling me that probably I have chronic depression and that there was a solution. And as the dr said, i had anxiety and depression since I was small and that my disorder was treatable. I had problems with memory, feeling guilty for everything, at times I would overexagerate things, but the worst part was the I was aware of it and I didn't wanted to be that way, so the psychiatrist told me to take Prozac once a day. A couple of months later she also told me to take Epival, that is an emotion stabilizer for my mood changes. After a couple of weeks I began to see the difference in me and in my life. I feel better with my family and boyfriend, I feel more like myself, I'm also seeing a physchologist to learn to manage myself and work on my self-esteem and to not push myself so hard that I feel everything depends on me.
I´m still on treatment, I'll take the pills for about two years more, well, only Prozac, during my gwoing stage. I think even though at the begening I was not really convinced that pills would be the best thing, I, now, recommend to see a specialist, my life haschange a lot and I 'm glad I had the oportunity to open the courtains on the window of my life and see how beautifil it really is.
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