Stories That Inspire Us welcomed to this today’s podcast, Carolyn Ferrick. Carolyn is the Podcast Host & Founder of The Search For Serotonin. Carolyn has been living with severe high functioning anxiety and clinical depression for most of her life, and she is still navigating managing both every day.
Carolyn has also been diagnosed with OCPD, which is a perfectionism personality disorder, and is more common than OCD. From trauma, denial, and suicide attempts, to therapy, healing and happiness, Carolyn has experienced A LOT!
Carolyn recalls that at a very young age she started to experience depression and at one point recalls, this must be a new type of normal. She grew up with a loving family and siblings and attended Catholic school so her depression engulfed her in such a way that she felt she didn’t qualify. (Her description is eye-opening!)
She shares her experience and recalls her 1st suicide attempt. She had decided that she didn’t want to wake up the next day. The next morning she woke up and continued on. She was navigating but not understanding the full concept of her depression. She graduated from high school and continued on to college where she made a 2nd suicide attempt. (She shares a very unique perspective and knew at that moment that she had to be hospitalized but was only turned away.)
Carolyn finally was able to connect with a mental health professional. She is currently on medication and continues with her therapy sessions.
As Carolyn described her podcast “I was speaking to a younger me.”
. . . You are still going to have bad days and bad moments . . . you have everything you need, everything inside of you even though it doesn’t feel like it . . . You are capable; you are valuable and you are going to do some amazing things. You just have to let your walls down and let people see you for who you are.
To connect with Carolyn further, please check out her website and other various social media platforms:
Today’s podcast was not meant in any way, shape or form and was not about giving any type of medical or mental health directives on what you should do. Only to share a personal story with the only intent of inspiring others to obtain the help they need to move forward in their own lives.
Let me know what you thought of today’s episode. If you are interested in sharing your story, please go to my website and “register as a guest”.
Thank you Carolyn - We see who you truly are and I couldn’t be prouder of you! The Search for Serotonin has found you in a very unique way - you have a heartfelt gift and that is Truly beyond amazing as these are the Stories That Inspires Us!!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/janis-melillo7/message