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My Fight With Depression. Concussions

My Fight With Depression. Concussions 

As a former college athlete, I never thought I would have to face the challenges of depression. But after suffering multiple concussions during my playing career, I found myself struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and lack of motivation.

It wasn’t until I retired from sports and started experiencing symptoms like memory loss, irritability, and difficulty concentrating that I realized something was seriously wrong. I went to see a doctor and was diagnosed with depression, which was likely triggered by the concussions I had suffered.

At first, I was in denial about my diagnosis and struggled to accept that I had a mental health condition. I thought I was just having a rough patch and that things would eventually get better on their own. But as time went on and my symptoms worsened, I realized that I needed help.

I began seeing a therapist and taking medication, which greatly improved my mood and ability to function. But the journey towards recovery was not easy. I had to work hard to develop healthy coping mechanisms and challenge negative thoughts. I also had to learn how to set boundaries and prioritize my self-care.

Despite the challenges, I am grateful for the journey that led me to where I am today. I now understand the importance of seeking help when needed and prioritize my mental health as much as my physical health. I also make a conscious effort to educate others about the impact of concussions and the importance of seeking treatment for mental health conditions.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, know that you are not alone and that there is hope for recovery. It’s okay to ask for help and to take the time to prioritize your mental health. Don’t let fear or stigma hold you back from seeking the treatment you deserve.

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