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Joe’s Story

“Talk to someone who you trust.”

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I started going through a divorce and I started counseling. During the counseling I realized I have been suffering from depression for most of my life. I remember trying to kill myself at 10 or 11 years old by riding my bike into traffic. I was just diagnosed with major depressive disorder, adjust disorder and anxiety with conversion disorder. This has been one heck of a trip for me and I was always of the mindset that if you are depressed then you need to cheer up and do something you enjoy. I have since realized that it is not that easy so I am so sorry I thought that. I am coming to terms with what I have and how I will deal with it. I will probably always be suicidal but I have to try and fight it.

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I am still working on trying to overcome this for myself and for my kids.

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