This is me!
My name is Dallas and I am a 38 year old professional accountant living in Vancouver, Canada.
For the better part of the last 20 years, I have had many struggles with sever depression and sever anxiety. Until about three years ago, I blamed how I felt on a variety of other things. Stress from school or work, not getting enough sleep, or just being a quiet shy guy. It wasn’t until everything in my life kind of blew up that I realized there was something more to it.
About three years ago, my life was completely flipped upside down. My marriage a complete mess and eventually failed, I had no desire to do the things I once loved doing, I distanced myself from friends and I just had no real motivation to do anything. There were even times when I went to that dark place and thought everything would be better for everyone if I wasn’t around. I knew then that I needed some help.
Three years from that point and I am a totally different person. I have worked very hard and struggled but I am now at a point where I can share my story. I am a “mental illness survivor”. My hope is that sharing my story will not only help reduce the stigma associated with the illness but also help those who might be going through what I went through.
It has been a long road to get to this point but I can say that I know understand who I am. My confidence and self esteem has never been as high as it is now. My ambition and drive has returned as has my desire to do the enjoy all the activities that bring me joy and happiness.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or just to talk. I can relate to how you feel and will offer any help/advice that I can. You are not alone in this!