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Navigating Mental Health: My Journey Through Depression, Anxiety, and Complex PTSD

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Mental health is a crucial aspect of our overall well-being, yet it is often misunderstood and stigmatized. Many individuals silently struggle with conditions like depression, anxiety, and complex PTSD, feeling isolated and overwhelmed. So in the interest of practicing what I preach, in this series of blog posts, I’m going to take you on a journey of my mental health. I’ll delve into these specific mental health challenges, offering insights into what it’s like to live with them and exploring effective strategies for management and recovery.

Understanding and Overcoming Depression

Depression is more than just a fleeting feeling of sadness; it's a persistent and often debilitating condition that can impact every facet of life. In the first blog post, I explore the experience of living with depression. I discuss how it can manifest through emotional numbness, overwhelming fatigue, cognitive difficulties, and physical symptoms. Importantly, I’ll provide practical strategies for managing and overcoming depression most of which I have tried myself or seen others use successfully, emphasizing the importance of seeking professional help, building a support network, establishing a healthy routine, and engaging in enjoyable activities.

Living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) involves chronic, excessive worry that can affect all aspects of life. My second blog post focuses on the unique challenges of living with GAD. Again I’ll highlight the symptoms, including constant worrying, physical manifestations, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating. I’ll also offer a range of effective strategies for managing GAD, such as practicing mindfulness, developing a healthy routine, limiting stimulants, and setting realistic goals. And again these strategies are all what I have witnessed first hand to be helpful. The importance of professional help and a strong support network cannot be understated and is essential to provide a comprehensive approach to managing this condition.

Navigating Life with Complex PTSD

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) arises from prolonged exposure to traumatic situations and presents unique challenges compared to PTSD. In the third blog post, I’ll examine the symptoms of C-PTSD, which include difficulties with emotional regulation, self-perception, and interpersonal relationships. I’ll discuss what it’s like to live with C-PTSD, emphasizing the constant state of alertness, emotional flashbacks, and the struggles with trust and self-worth. To manage and overcome C-PTSD, I suggest seeking specialized therapy, building a strong support system, practicing mindfulness, and engaging in self-care. Understanding and education about C-PTSD are also key to the healing journey.


Navigating mental health challenges is a deeply personal and often difficult journey, but it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Each blog post in this series offers a look into living with depression, anxiety, and complex PTSD, providing practical advice and support for those affected. Whether you are experiencing these conditions yourself or supporting someone who is, the goal is to foster understanding, reduce stigma, and offer hope.

I invite you to explore each post in this series to gain a deeper understanding of these mental health conditions and discover strategies to manage and overcome them. Together, we can create a more compassionate and informed approach to mental health, empowering everyone on their journey to wellness.

A note about the author: Craig Field (me) is not a trained counsellor or therapist. I do try to offer advice based on my own personal experience; however, you should always talk to a medical practitioner or qualified therapist to come up with a tailored plan to help with your illness.My knowledge comes from my own personal, lived experience and that of witnessing people close to me navigating the mental health system.These blog posts are not intended to replace your doctor or psychologist. 

Together we CAN make a difference!

If this post has brought up some difficult thoughts for you please seek help from your doctor or one of the services listed below. In an emergency dial 000.

13YARN 13 92 76

Blue Knot Helpline 1300 657 380

First Nations Support Line 1800 959 500

Headspace 1800 650 890

Mens Helpline 1300 789 978

Standby support after suicide 1300 727 247

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