Aaron, 35

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What is it that you strug­gle with?

De­pres­sion and anx­i­ety which pro­gressed into anger/rage is­sues. How long has it been a prob­lem for you?

My prob­lems with de­pres­sion started with be­ing bul­lied through school. Pri­mary school con­tin­ued through high school un­til one day I felt I had no other op­tion but to fight back. But once I started, I didn’t know how to stop. How does it af­fect your daily life?

It has since got­ten that I can’t just get an­noyed or up­set as I go from be­ing happy to a full-blown rage in min­utes. This of course cre­ates a whole range of is­sues with in­ter­act­ing with other peo­ple; be­ing friends, fam­ily re­la­tion­ships etc. I now take med­i­ca­tion on a daily ba­sis to keep me calm and have been to coun­sel­lors to learn cop­ing tech­niques. How do other peo­ple’s ac­tions or opin­ions af­fect you and your con­di­tion?

I feel that other peo­ple don’t un­der­stand the is­sues I have be­cause all they see is some­one fly off the han­dle for no real rea­son. I get called a psy­cho and peo­ple tend to be very stand-off­ish with me once they have wit­nessed what can hap­pen. I know some peo­ple are scared of me - in­clud­ing fam­ily and friends - which is a hor­ri­ble feel­ing. I feel iso­lated some­times by my prob­lems be­cause if I do feel the need to go and seek help, it makes me feel weak and use­less. The stigma of be­ing a male is that real men don’t cry or hurt or show feel­ings. It took a long time for me to even ad­mit that I had a prob­lem and go and seek help about it. I still don’t like let­ting peo­ple know that I have to take meds ev­ery day. How do you think peo­ple in the com­mu­nity can be bet­ter ed­u­cated about this?

I’m not sure how peo­ple can be bet­ter ed­u­cated about it but the stigma as­so­ci­ated with ask­ing for help needs to stop. I didn’t know what to do for years and by the time I did find out what to do to get help, it was too late. What started as de­pres­sion which can be man­aged and pos­si­bly cured has since turned into a prob­lem which has seen me hurt peo­ple I love. I’ve ended up in trou­ble with the law nu­mer­ous times but thank­fully, I have a good amount of sup­port from fam­ily and my boss. That helps me but it is still al­ways go­ing to be an is­sue.

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