Jo is 25 and a fulltime university student. Her experiences of neglect in childhood caused her to be a very shy and introverted child. Jo’s mum passed away when Jo was 13. In school, Jo was picked on for being different and she developed great difficulties being able to concentrate. Much later on, her GP suggested she might be experiencing depression and by this time Jo was also having regular anxiety attacks. Since then, Jo’s gotten a lot of help from counselling and she’s also exploring such a
Jo is a 25-year-old university student, originally from Germany. Jo’s experiences of neglect during her childhood made her a very shy child and she found it very hard to concentrate in school. She says she was considered to be weird and an outside and was picked on. Jo’s mum died when she was 13. Her mum had been very ill and her moods had fluctuated a lot so after her death Jo’s life stabilise to a degree. Jo says she never spoke to anyone about her mother’s death and was offered no support or counselling from school.
In school, Jo used to get into arguments and have sudden outbursts of anger and aggression at other people. Jo says she was just running awa from problems, in the hope to keep achieving things, to keep busy. After she left school she lived in a few different countries working and studying.
The first timeit was suggested to Jo that she might be experiencing depression was when she went to see her GP in Germany about grandular fever at the age of 22. Her doctor told her that glandular fever can often be connected to depression and stress – and Jo was also experiencing anxiety attacks. Since then, Jo has been to therapy which has helped her a lot but she says it’s also a long process because it’s opening a lot of door. She’s also been to a GP in Britain who didn’t refer her to any counseling, although she;d asked for it, but would only offer her antidepressants which she didn’t want to take.
Jo’s taken a very active approach to recovery and getting better. She’s very interested in the ways in which the body and the mind work together and has explored complementary approaches like Body works and Trauma Healing. She says it was difficult to find practitioners in the UK specialising in these approaches – widely used in Germany and in the US. Jo says she tends to over analyze and over rationalise her behaviour and says it doesn’t necessarily bring her any closer to solving her problems. She says she’s now able to maintain good long term friendships and she’s also reconnected with her family which has been really important to her. She’s still in the process of identifying the triggers for anxiety attacks and for she’s found that for example doing exercise also helps her. Jo says the most important thing she wants to attain in life is inner peace and contentmen.