I had struggled with mental illness for several years. I had been fighting my demons for so long that I began to accept they had won. Years of therapy and several medications later I just didn’t have it in me anymore. I had been diagnosed with depressive, anxiety, and even personality disorders. I didn’t know who or what I was anymore.
I was reluctantly introduced to Khaled, my brother’s old roommate from college. I had never heard of life coaching before, but as a last resort, I reached out to him. It was a relief for once to be not labelled as having a mental disorder. He assured me that I was just struggling with some issues that can easily be overcome. It was such a change of scenery from all the ineffective therapy sessions I was used to. They all dwelt on my past; whereas, Khaled helped me accept the past, forgive and look forward to the future and prepare for better things ahead.
My life is a lot more stable now and I have a much better sense of direction in achieving my goals and aspirations. I am no longer being crippled by fear, and I’ve even come to terms with the idea of a romantic relationship. It has been a blessing. Just to have someone help you through difficult times while maintaining that you’re strong enough to fight it without medication was perhaps all the encouragement I needed to actually fight my demons and finally win.