Alex, Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. I feel very supported knowing that I am not alone in what I experienced on psych meds over the last 16 years. I am very happy to hear you are doing well and that the universe has guided you to a path of purpose and passion that allows you to share your experience, strength and hope with others while maintaining your authenticity and integrity. I got accepted into Santa Clara University in 2015 to finish my masters in counseling psychology. I had a major panic attack as I stepped into the room for new student orientation. I thought there was something wrong with me. Yes, it unearthed unresolved trauma stored in my body. Yes, it brought to the surface my struggles with learning differences (dyslexia). The truth is, my body did me a favor moving me away from traditional mental health. My dad was very sick at the time, in the hospital and entering the last phase of his transition. I used that as an excuse to defer my studies and then soon discovered that traditional mental health and counseling wasn’t really going to align with my career values (creativity, connection, communication, collaboration, and prosperity are my top 5 career values which don’t line up with becoming a MFT). Today, I am a mindset empowerment coach, trainer, author, speaker, and mental and emotional wellness activist. I meet people where they are. I help them release and let go of what no longer serves them, support them to align with their values, and create a compelling vision for their future. I help people with lifestyle detoxification and share lifestyle medicine strategies and daily self care practices that harmonize the body/mind/spirit. My focus is working with women in recovery from alcohol and addiction. This population is frequently encouraged to seek outside help for depression and anxiety in early recovery (as was my story). Most women as them detox off of alcohol and drugs will go through some type of mood imbalances. Those that seek traditional psychiatry are typically sold a story that their addiction, depression, and anxiety can be explained by brain chemistry imbalances and remedied by psych meds like SSRI and other antidepressants and in some cases anti-anxiety meds that are extremely addictive. The trouble I have with antidepressants is that most psychiatrists will tell their patients that antidepressants are not addictive and habit forming. That may be true from an addiction model of the world (phenomena of craving and compulsion to use) but that isn’t true from the standpoint of what is happening with the brains and its dependance on the psych meds. I am very happy to know the truth and that the universe has supported me in attracting a kick ass holistic team of natural health care providers and practitioners. I know I am on the path of optimum health and I plan to share my story and hope with anyone that will listen. Thanks again for sharing your story and for your words of support and encouragement.Take good care of yourself. Namaste!