18-year-old Courtney Lorking from Australia believes that exercise gave her a second chance at life. Lorking suffered from anxiety that was so crippling she couldn’t leave even her house. After three suicide attempts, she was admitted to a psychiatric ward for three days, which she calls the worst three days of her life.
“My anxiety had become so severe that I wanted to die. I tried to kill myself by slitting my wrist, it was horrific and I never want to feel that way again. I slept all day, there was nothing to do there. You just feel like a prisoner.”
Getting up and going to the gym tomorrow may not cure you overnight, but it’s a start.
Carbone explains that recovering from depression is a "gradual thing" that takes time.
“It's not one day you're depressed and the next day you're alright. 'If people get the right treatment depression will reduce gradually, over a six-week period and they will start to feel much better by the fourth week.”
It’s good to always check in with yourself and see how you are feeling.
If you think that you are experiencing depression or have had suicidal thoughts, it is important to seek help from a doctor. If you are thinking about suicide or know someone else who may be, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or the Suicide Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433.