World Mental Health Day on 10 October – preventing suicides

How one man turned his life around, after seeking help from The Retreat.

Finding a way through depression and anxiety together

James always suspected he had issues relating to ADHD but it was only after hitting rock bottom that he sought help from The Retreat and was able to completely turn his life around.

Everything in James’s life was going well, but after a particularly stressful family event, he hit a downward spiral, becoming dependent on alcohol and experiencing debilitating episodes of anxiety.

“I was caught in a cycle of self-loathing and depression which hit me like a steam train. It was infuriating because I felt there was nothing I could do,” James explained.

He knew he needed support quickly to get his life back on track.

With the help and support of The Retreat, James was able to turn his situation around. A personalised course of therapy helped take him off medication and he was able to continue his therapy via video consultations with his Psychologist.

“I had a complete reversal of fortune. At The Retreat I was given individualised care – they really understood me and the nature of my job. I was often able to get treatment through video consultation to minimise the impact on my work which helped with my ability to recover. It was amazing how they helped me,” said James.

James’s life has changed – he is now at the top of his profession and his outlook is mainly positive. He is currently up for promotion and his wife is expecting their first child later this year.

Dr Katja Osswald, Clinical Psychologist and Autism and ADHD service lead at The Retreat, explained how James had turned his life around:

“James worked hard at implementing lifestyle changes to manage his symptoms of ADHD, which included regular physical exercise, but also a range of exercises for the mind. His engagement with mindfulness practice over time allowed him to understand more how his mind works, to spot patterns and ways of getting stuck, and how to become un-stuck. Being able to have regular sessions online, when James had to be away for work, was key.”