July 31, 2009

Ulrika Jonsson has experienced depression and panic attacks on a few occasions in her life.

“Despite having bright, wonderful children and a house I can call my own, I found myself in some real low points. I didn't want to wake up in the mornings, I found it so hard to cope."

Instead of taking antidepressants she chose to deal with the depression herself.

“There were tears, but most of the time I was miserable, distracted and disillusioned. There were times when I simply didn't want to go on. Depression grips the mind and the heart in a desperately unforgiving way, life is one long unbearable situation."

Ulrika took the decision to open up about her experiences to help educate people about mental health issues. She wanted to encourage others with their own experiences of mental health problems and let them know it's ok to be honest about your mental health.

“When you are diagnosed with a mental health problem, it is so easy to want to keep it a secret from everyone, even friends and family. But I'm thankful that I found the courage to go public. I hope that by speaking out in the media, I can help combat the stigma experienced by so many."

Ulrika is back on fighting form.Through living an active healthy lifestyle and with the support of her friends and family, she manages her condition and keeps herself in good health.

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