“I thought nobody is going to understand, I’m being a ‘drama queen’, I should be coping better, I don’t need anybody else's help, I can fix this on my own and that delusion is really what made me a lot sicker.
Post-traumatic Stress disorder is a little bit like constantly living your worst nightmares and not being sure whether they're really happening now or whether they are actually happened; it's very difficult to ground yourself and be aware of where you currently are. It’s very scary and it's very depressing.
Initially, I started to reach out and get treatment, I was just so shocked that people want to help you, and there are clinics and doctors and specialists; there is so many people who can give you the help you need. I was seeing a psychiatrist who referred me to a psychiatrist because he specialised in post-traumatic stress disorder.
I've been working as a freelance photographer for about three years. I mostly work for not-for-profits and I do a lot of work on mental health because my experiences have made me pretty passionate about that, creating understanding for family carers but also for health professionals because it is very difficult for people to understand mental health because it's not as simple as a broken leg, where you know if there is one cause that, there is one solution. People want to be able to make it all down to this one answer, but it’s not the same diagnosis as the next person, doesn't mean you've had the same journey and you might not get better in the same way.
I think that's a really important part of entering mental health treatment and successfully recovering from mental health issues. I think it's very important that people understand that and that's what my passion is driven towards is to making that easier for other people.
My advice would always be to seek help and don’t assume that you need to get over this on your own. You can't make progress when you're fighting a war with just one person.”