Being diagnosed with depression can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you, your loved ones or when preparing questions for your doctor or a specialist.
Paul is a divorced former police officer with two sons, aged 10 and 14. Paul first experienced depression triggered by memories of childhood sexual abuse. Despite several suicide attempts, Paul now feels he very much wants to live thanks to the continuous support of family and mental health professionals.
This interview has been sourced from Healthtalk Australia. Healthtalk Australia is the Australian collaborator of healthtalk.org (UK) which conducts award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at the University of Oxford, UK.
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