Just as there was no single trigger, there was no single solution.
‘Along with general dietary health, sport and hobbies, [what worked for me was] going through cognitive behavioural therapy with a psychologist, and going into personal and professional coaching. I had to become really accountable for my results and my performance.’
Anthea reveals it was then a matter of engaging with people and finding a purpose in the every day. ‘I had to show up, connect with people and be of value to a team,’ she says.
‘It was sometimes one step forward two steps back, other times it was two steps forward one step back, so it was an up and down journey. It took a good year to actually get traction, two years to really live, and four years until I was completely recovered.’
She knows as well as anyone that overcoming depression and anxiety can feel impossible, but Anthea is sharing her story to show others that even her darkest and most difficult years came to an end, as they will for others.
‘Now I live with no anxiety and no depression whatsoever. I love and enjoy life. [Recovery] is hard work, but every ounce of that hard work pays off. Life is easier now.’