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There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, says Olympian gold medalist Holmes while opening up about depression

Posted on 01-02-2018 Posted in Mental Illness - 0 Comments

There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, says Olympian gold medalist Holmes while opening up about depression

One of the most celebrated sportswomen in history, Dame Kelly Holmes, recently opened up about her battle with depression throughout her athletic career. While speaking at the new Health and Wellbeing Live show in Tunbridge Wellson, England, on Dec.30, 2017, the Olympic champion confessed harming herself with scissors every day when she got injured.

A double Olympic gold medalist, Holmes revealed that just like other sportsperson, she too had a lot of ups and downs in her life that sometimes left her wondering whether she would be able to achieve her dreams. She feared her injuries would end her career and thus, resorted to harming herself to take out her anguish. Eventually, she reached a point where she “didn’t want to be here.” However, it was that dream that finally kept her going.

Light at the end of the tunnel

According to Holmes, while a lot of people are now coming out with their struggles, it is quite lonely in the field of sports as no one really knows what goes on in a player’s mind or how he/she might be dealing with it. She added that a mental illness makes one fear and think in a really negative way as the person is unable to see a way out. Holmes never disclosed her struggles to anyone even while undergoing treatment. However, she feels a lot stronger now. She has chosen to help others and inspire them to get mentally stronger and healthier.

For those who struggle with mental illnesses, especially depression, the biggest message that she wants to convey is that no matter what, one can get out of it and that “there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.” People struggling with mental illnesses need to realize that they are not alone and sharing grief really helps.

Need for more intervention in mental health matters

A thorough supporter of early treatment, Holmes has called out for the need to have more interventions in mental health matters. According to her, with too much pressure on academic achievement, there needs to be more support groups and adequate interventions in schools.

The athlete has also urged for more help for younger people struggling with mental illness and has even gone ahead with criticizing over-prescription of antidepressants and the toll they take on one’s body.

The former athlete is now planning on using fitness to help people get fit and feel better. Speaking about her upcoming project, she said, “It’s going to be all about running, mindset, mental health, and getting people to be better than they feel they can be.”

Depression and self-harm

Depression is often accompanied by lingering feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and helplessness which can become intense with little or no relief. The condition can be treated using comprehensive treatment that involves a combination of therapy or counseling sessions accompanied by medications, including antidepressants, mood stabilizers and antipsychotics.

A sign of emotional distress, self-harm or self-injury involves hurting oneself on purpose. A behavior that indicates lack of coping skills and the urge to hurt oneself might start with an overwhelming anger, frustration or pain. The self-harm tendencies can be managed through psychotherapy and various coping mechanisms. As self-harm might be associated with an underlying mental illness, such as depression, the doctor can prescribe antidepressants to deal with difficult emotions and lessen harmful urges.

Road ahead

A leading behavioral health care provider in Florida, Sovereign Health treats a number of mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma and more. Treatment for depression at our residential treatment centers involves a combination of medication, psychotherapy and experiential therapies. Our state-of-the-art treatment facilities are located in Fort Myers and Pompano Beach that offer a wide range of treatment options, depending on the symptoms and patients’ response to the treatments offered.

For more information on our mental health recovery programs or to locate our depression treatment center, call our 24/7 helpline number and speak to an admission specialist. You can even chat online with our representatives for further assistance.

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